If you want to have a life filled with good hair days, head to Washington, D.C. or Vermont. For younger-looking skin, consider moving to Minnesota, Hawaii or New York.
Data from YouBeauty, a beauty and wellness website specializing in personalized quizzes, shows how different states measure up in relation to hair and skin appearance.
The Skin Age Quiz, taken by 28,000 women, and the Hair Age Quiz, taken by 65,000 women, found statistically significant differences in skin and hair age state to state. Both quizzes examined how factors such as lifestyle, habits, genetics, nutrition and stress levels affect the look of hair, using a proprietary algorithm to determine the results.
In the grand beauty-scheme, the Northeast, Mountain states and West Coast have the youngest-looking hair. When it comes to skin, most of the nation’s skin looks a tad older than its age, but the east and west coasts fair the best, only looking about a year older.
The states with the biggest areas to benefit, beauty-wise, are Wyoming and Oklahoma, where citizens have skin that looks, on average, three years older than its age, and Kentucky, with hair that looks one year older than its age.
What’s contributing to a higher skin age? Women in Wyoming and Oklahoma eat less fruit than the highest performing states, but the biggest factor seems to be sun damage. Fifty-five percent of women in Wyoming and 44% of women in Oklahoma reported getting blistering sunburns before the age of 20. In the youngest-looking states, this average was 28 percent.
When it comes to Hair Age, women in Washington, D.C., blow-dry and heat style much less than their counterparts: Only 9% blow-dry every day, versus 21% in Kentucky. The bulk of D.C.-ers (35%) blow-dry only one to three times per month, which helps explain their youthful locks. Also, 55% of women in our nation’s capitol don’t color their hair, while 65% of Kentuckians do.
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