Want to Look Younger Longer? Here Are America’s Best States for Aging
Drop the needle. You won’t need Botox if you live in one of America’s best states for aging. We researched air quality, stress levels, the average amount of sleep people get, and the humidity in each state to determine which areas of the country help you defy age. Age is just a number anyway, right? See how your state stacks up and how soon you’ll look like your mother. See the full list below or check out The Worst States for Youthful Skin.
Best States to Live in to Look Younger Longer
1. North Dakota
Crows feet, crepey skin, and fine lines have met their match in North Dakota. This state has the sixth best air quality in the nation and the most well-rested residents. Catching sufficient zzz’s is key to looking younger and so is breathing clean, healthy air. Now if this state could only do something about the bitter cold...
The rainy Pacific Northwest is great for keeping skin hydrated. Its laid back West Coast style is also paying off. People in Oregon are the fourth most relaxed and fourth most rested in the country. If only we could bottle that and sell it at a drugstore.
The Last Frontier also has some of the last people to age—according to our study anyways. The gorgeous Alaskan air is the second best in America and the state has the third highest humidity in the country. That doesn’t help with Alaska’s dog-sized mosquitos, but it does aid in maintaining youthful appearances.
Idaho residents lead a pretty restful life. The state ranks fifth in the nation for getting enough sleep. Idaho also has high humidity and mild stress levels. However, Idaho is in the middle of the pack for air quality. It’s something we’ll keep an eye on as that could affect how people live, breathe, and age in the Gem State.
Take a deep breath, Washingtonians. Your state will preserve your youth skin like an Egyptian mummy thanks to your air. Washington has the third best air quality in the country. No wonder there are so many refreshed, beautiful people living there.
The Cornhusker State grows young looking people alongside its golden fields of corn. Nebraska is sixth in the nation for three of our four ranking categories: stress, air quality, and sleep. Coincidentally, Nebraska is also the sixth best state in America for aging.
While 82 percent humidity might feel oppressive, it helps Iowans stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Combine that with its third lowest stress levels and eighth best air quality in the country and you have a recipe for impossibly young looking people.
The people of Maine sure look spry. Some might even say youth is in the air. They’d be right. Maine ranks fifth in the nation for having the best air quality and fourth for humidity.
9. New Hampshire
Live Free or Die has been the motto of New Hampshire since John Stark wrote these words in 1809. Maybe it’s this unstoppable attitude that has helped New Hampshire natives say no to aging. The state has the perfect storm of anti-aging properties; it’s the second most humid in the nation, seventh least stressed, and 11th best for air quality.
As if Hawaii didn’t already have it all—beautiful beaches, hot bods, and perma-tans. Hawaii also is the 10th best state in America for aging. A lot of this has to do with having the cleanest air in the whole country. As long as people don’t bake themselves in the sun, Hawaiians have ideal conditions for aging gracefully.
"Wait a second... why does an air purifier company care about my skin?"
Here's how the story goes: Alen employee Fatima Puri previously worked in the cosmetics industry. During her time as a beauty advisor, she was shocked by the amount of money people would spend on skincare products. An anti-aging serum could cost anywhere from $40-$100+ and both men and women were adament on buying whatever product promised them a youthful glow.
When Fatima left her position as a beauty advisor and joined the Alen team, she learned through extensive research that air pollution had a drastic impact on skin. Together with Fatima's interest in the beauty realm and Alen's passion for Helping People Live Better, we compiled this comprehensive list to inform the public of the potential dangers of their environment.
"So, what does pollution do to my skin?"
How We Ranked Each State
Air quality. The skin is a living, breathing organ—sucking in moisture, vitamins, and toxins in the air. That’s why we weighted air quality highest for our best states to age in ranking (60 percent). States with the worst air quality ranked poorly for helping people look younger longer because it harms the body both inside and out.
Stress. The phrase, “you’re giving me gray hairs” wasn’t invented for nothing. Stress ages you by exhausting the mind and body and opening the door for germs to attack. The calmer and more relaxed you are, the better you’ll look and feel; you won’t have the dark circles, stress breakouts, and frown lines of a chronically stressed out person. We weighted stress levels by 20 percent in this study to account for this major aging contributor.
Sleep. We’ve all heard the term, “beauty sleep.” That’s because cells regenerate while we sleep and help us look and feel better. Sleeping not only helps cognitive function, but the health of your dermis too. We weighted sleep 15 percent in this piece to account for its important in maintaining a youthful appearance.
Humidity. Water has been called “the elixir of life.” Many beauty experts tout the power of staying hydrated. Thus, states with more humidity were ranked higher for their anti-aging powers. This was the least consequential of our ranking data, weighted just five percent.
The Full List
1. North Dakota
9. New Hampshire
12. South Dakota
17. New York
21. Rhode Island
26. New Mexico
33. New Jersey
38. North Carolina
40. South Carolina
41. West Virginia