Is where you live giving you wrinkles?

A group of Japanese scientists have found that living in an environment that’s dry and with low-humidity can give you more wrinkles than if you live in a more humid environment. The scientists used tracking technology to examine the skin of people in different humidity levels when they smiled. Based on how their skin folded as they smiled, they found that the people who were in drier conditions had deeper skin folds and stiffer skin than those in more humid environments.

Dermatologists agree with the results, and so do we! And beware: it only gets worse if you smoke and don’t use sunscreen on top of that.

So, where does that put Toronto and the rest of southwestern Ontario where you live? Well, we all know it’s quite dry in these parts during the colder months. That’s why we’re always telling you to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Fortunately, we get a bit of a break in the summer, when humidity levels rise a smidge. While there are definitely more humid areas in the country (Vancouver, we’re talking about you!) it’s not as bad as Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, cities that are considered to be the driest south of the border.

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