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New York tops the RoC wrinkle study for cities prone to premature aging

New Yorkers are at a higher risk for wrinkles due to longer commutes, stress, pollution and sleepless nights.
New Yorkers are at a higher risk for wrinkles due to longer commutes, stress, pollution and sleepless nights.
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The city that never sleeps needs to catch up on some zees to avoid wrinkles says the New York Daily News on Tuesday. New York City has ranked number two in the RoC wrinkle study, which determined what areas in the United States are prone to wrinkles.

RoC Skincare partnered with Sperling’s BestPlaces to determine the “50 most wrinkle-prone regions in the United States and the underlying factors that might cause skin to age.” The top five cities included Riverside, California, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Baltimore. The wrinkle study used existing and original data and examined lifestyles, occupations and the environment to formulate its findings.

Those worried about premature aging might want to reconsider where they live instead of spending an exorbitant amount of money on anti-aging creams and plastic surgery. CNBC published the press release, “New RoC® Skincare wrinkle ranking study reveals how wrinkles and zip codes are interconnected,” that examined the “top 50 most wrinkle-prone regions in the United States.” New York City ranked number two on the list, because residents have the “longest commute and third highest number of sleepless nights.” However, as a resident of the surrounding suburbs of the Big Apple, the statement proves too vague. Does it refer to the residents of the boroughs that comprise New York City and the outlying suburbs that have to commute to the island of Manhattan? Because those that live in the actual City of New York have a much less commute time if they also work there.

Dr. Erin Gilbert, a Brooklyn-based dermatologist told the New York Daily News the combination of stress, loss of sleep and pollution create faces full of wrinkles. "New Yorkers have an average commute of 37 minutes each way, 35 percent higher than other cities studied." She went on to state the environment also plays a big role in aging. "The stress of these commutes, combined with the skin's exposure to sun and pollutants from semis and buses belching out exhaust is a recipe for disaster."

The Park Slope dermatologist advises to get at least eight hours of sleep a night to reduce the risk of wrinkles, and “consider earplugs if you deal with a lot of traffic noise.” Gilbert suggests sleeping with a neck pillow that demands you sleep on your back, which keeps the face from wrinkling and becoming “uneven from side-sleeping.” Her additional tips for anti-aging skincare to counteract the findings of the wrinkle study: hydrate from the inside out with plenty of water, do not smoke, avoid the sun, wear sunblock, and commit to a 15-minute skincare ritual daily (also helps to release tension).