Is Montana One of Nation’s Best States for Skin?

In an article published in Cosmetic Surgery Times, researchers ranked each of the 50 states according to wrinkle risk. Montana ranked 48th, with only Washington, Oregon, and Alaska having less factors that led to wrinkles. The states that had the highest wrinkle risks included New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Colorado.

How Geography Can Affect Wrinkles

The researchers in charge of ranking the states for wrinkle risks, led by Bert Sperling, took a number of factors into consideration, including:
  • UV exposure (determined by cloud cover, latitude and elevation)
  • Racial and ethnic demographics
  • Extreme temperatures (both high and low)
  • Skin cancer incidences
  • Stress levels
  • Commute time
  • Work hours
  • Pollution
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Smoking incidence
  • Binge drinking
These factor were chosen based on scientific research that linked the above factors with wrinkles and skin issues. Sperling then weighed each factor according to the extend to which they affect aging skin.

Why Montana Is Great For Skin

With short commutes, low stress levels, and low pollution, Montana is a great place to care for your skin. Although an above average number of Montanans smoke and drink, a reasonable work week, cloudy weather, and healthy eating cancel out those negatives. The states with the highest wrinkle index, like New York, reported pollution, stress, smoking, and poor eating habits. Many sunny states, including Hawaii and Florida, fared well despite their weather and UV exposure, perhaps because people in warmer climates are often less stressed and may think more about sun protection on a regular basis.

Taking Control of Your Skincare

It is a mistake to look at this study and believe that the state you live in will determine whether or not you will develop wrinkles as you age. Although genetics represent a large factor in determining how your skin will age, your lifestyle will have a significant affect on the health and appearance of your skin throughout the decades. For example, some of the factors considered in this study are in your control. For example, you can improve your skin's health by:
  • Keeping your stress levels low.
  • Engaging in daily skin care, such as applying lotion.
  • Staying hydrated.
  • Eating a well-balanced diet of nutrient-rich foods.
  • Wearing sun screen regularly.
  • Avoiding harsh weather and wind exposure.
  • Eliminating alcohol and tobacco habits.

Skincare at the Surgical Arts Centre's Medical Spa

No matter where you live, and no matter how well you take care of your skin, you may wish to improve the appearance of your skin further through either surgical or non-surgical procedures. At the Surgical Arts Centre and our Medical Spa, we offer a wide array of skincare treatments that can help you look and feel your best. From CO2 laser resurfacing treatments to Ultherapy, we may have the right solution for your wishes and needs. To learn more about your skincare services, or to speak with a doctor during a consultation, please call our office today: (406) 549-6600.
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