Your City is Giving You Wrinkles
New research connects the dots between pollution and aging
The study followed 400 women ages 70 to 80 who were either living in polluted urban centers or clean rural towns in Germany. It factored in things like sun exposure and sunscreen use and concluded that the women exposed to significant amounts of pollution had about 20 percent more pigment spots and significantly more wrinkles and sagging.
"We talk a lot about sun and smoking [causing extrinsic aging], and there's no debate about that," says Seattle dermatologist Lauri Tadlock, M.D. "Now, there's some pretty good evidence that pollution can be added to that list."
Unless you want to pack up and move to Cheyenne, Wyoming (it's ranked No. 1 for cleanest year-round particle pollution), here's what you can do to keep pollution from damaging your skin. And I'm not just writing this for my fellow New Yorkers -- even Cincinnati, Ohio is in pretty bad shape.
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