You’ll Be Shocked By Which Cities Age Your Skin The Fastest



We urbanites pay high premiums to reside in thriving cities. We take pride in where we live — even if our East Village apartment has a bathtub in the living room (let’s call it a conversation piece and a multi-functional space, shall we?)… or even if we get sweeping views of the Golden Gate bridge with picturesque row homes but our retirement accounts are sad and empty. But have you ever considered the price your skin pays to live the metropolitan dream?

Factoids on urban living and skin health just got really interesting thanks to RoC Skincare and independent research firm Sterling’s Best Places, who partnered together to conduct a study that predicts the most wrinkle-prone cities in the U.S. in 2040.

First, let’s take a look at the current wrinkle standings, from most to least wrinkle-prone cities:




As an ex-New Yorker, I say the Big Apple is the best city in the world whether or not it expedites my crow’s feet. For a place whose residents take satisfaction in masochistic day-to-day tasks like carrying strollers up six flights of stairs followed by a good complain-brag, New York sports its wrinkles with honor.

I’m actually more surprised by Newark’s standing on the list.  Not because it’s merely on the list — but because it’s not higher. The permanent doomsday cloud of pollution that hovers over the city would make one assume it would somehow be a full-time wrinkle factory.  Newark is forged in unsightly concrete, deprived of nature (and anything aesthetically pleasing) and the majority of its inhabitants make the daily, polluted commute to NYC.  

Riverside — the #1 wrinkle-prone city — is basically a desert approximately sixty miles outside of LA with a considerable number of its residents commuting to the City of Angels wrinkling up in their cars while they endure the gawdawful traffic (and let’s not forget the four-year megadrought).  The commute time combined with the dry air can actively suck the elasticity out of your skin while you’re sitting bumper to bumper traffic.

If your city isn’t on this list, don’t start smirking proudly just yet. Remember that the new RoC study predicted the most wrinkle-prone cities in 2040.

In 24 years, the 2040 forecast for most to least wrinkle-prone cities in America are:



The most shocking part about the 2040 findings is how high Portland ranks in the study.  As someone who was born and raised in Oregon, I can personally attest that residents of The Rose City are downright fearful of the sun and take delight in their neurotic ethos for health and environmental consciousness.  I can only imagine the pangs of devastation Oregonians will feel when they learn this news.  Perhaps this study will inspire further green innovation to shield them from the evil pollutants?  However, given the population’s affinity for Gore-Tex and zip cargo pants, vanity is not a priority.

The city of Brotherly Love ascended from #3 in 2016 to #1 in 2040. Sun damage is undeniably the top cause of wrinkles, so I guess it’s true: It IS always sunny in Philadelphia (sorry, I had to).

The Absolute Best Way to Slow Down the Formation of Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. Some are caused by the simple act of living and breathing, but there’s not much we can do about that (at least for now…). But undesirable wrinkles are also caused by external factors like weather, environment, pollution, commute and smoking.

So what do you do if you live in a city that’s got a high wrinkle rating? Are Philadelphians just doomed to see expression lines faster than their friends in West Palm Beach? Not necessarily.

The key is consistent commitment to skincare. It’s like brushing your teeth. Brainwash yourself into thinking it’s good hygiene. But you also need to use the right products — with the right ingredients. And if there’s one ingredient that virtually everyone agrees is the top contender against wrinkles, it’s retinol.

Trust me, it makes a world of difference.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A (on steroids) that’s famous for its anti-wrinkle and anti-acne powers. By helping to accelerate dead skin cell turnover, retinol has been known to improve the appearance of firmness, smoothness and evenness while slowing wrinkles down to a crawl.  However, those with sensitive skin have been turned off by it because of adverse reactions like skin irritation and redness.

Established in 1957 in France, the epicenter for all things fabulous, RoC Skincare has been a leader in developing stabilized retinol, the kind that works well with all skin types (even the fussiest of them). RoC Skincare was introduced into the U.S mass market in 1999 and has received favorable praise from magazines, consumers and experts alike.

RoC’s RETINOL CORREXION® line specifically has been dubbed the “gold standard” in anti-aging. “It appears that this formulation will finally allow people with sensitive skin to use retinol,” dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Allure.

RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Serum


RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30-

RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30



I used RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 combined with RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Serum — and the results were immediate.

I have sensitive skin, and the skin turnover was visible after three days.  (Caution: Like any good facial that purges toxins, you sometimes have to live through the gunky aftermath that appears on the epidermis when you first use a new product.) I experienced tingling on my face and became perturbed and anxious when my skin looked bumpy from the purge, but I practiced patience and eventually saw the great benefits.  

The Deep Wrinkle Serum was light and served as an excellent primer for moisturizer in the day and evening.  I applied makeup on top of the Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer with SPF 30, which has a milky texture and smooth consistency.  Multitasking products bring me great relief. My skin was simultaneously protected from UVA rays and the other active retinol ingredients were turning over dead cells.

For those of you who haven’t used retinol products, I recommend using one product at a time and to incorporate it into your skincare routine over the course of 1-2 weeks, using a gentle exfoliant with granules to slough off the bumps and toxins.  I tweaked my regimen based on my needs because I wasn’t comfortable with the bumps. Soon, I began to use the products every other day which provides the right about of purging and smooth skin for me.

Ask any dermatologist, esthetician or expert, and nine times out of ten they will nudge (or shove) you toward the nearest retinol product. If you decide to commit to one, I encourage you to commit to the “gold standard” in anti-aging ingredients. I might be out of Portland now, comfortably enjoying #25 on the list, but anti-aging is and will always be high priority.



  1. So interesting…just traveled between coasts and noticed the difference in my skin immediately. The lotions and serums that I packed definitely made a difference!!

  2. I’m shocked that Atlanta is #4! Better buy more sunscreen!

    1. It falls down the list to #13 in 2040. Try RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. : )

  3. I’m not surprised at Portland’s jump. As a native Oregonian, and previous prescription skincare rep, I was shocked how many people don’t wear sunscreen in the Pac NW. Because it is overcast and gray so many months out of the year people don’t think they need it. Unfortunately UVA rays, which cause wrinkling and aging, penetrate clouds and even glass. We definitely need more education up here!

    1. That’s crazy. I am biased, but I thought everyone wore sunscreen!

  4. Surprised Vegas isn’t higher! I remember so many family trips + pool parties + tradeshows there under the glaring sun.

  5. Wish it ranked London although I expect I know the results already. These retinol products sound great. Anything I can do to help this late 30s skin of mine!

  6. Interesting article, but it loses credibility when we see it’s just an ad for Roc. Still interesting illustration of the problem, and hopefully readers are savvy enough to figure out how to address the issue w/out running out and buying Roc products. 🙂 (don’t smoke, use SPF, use any skincare product that works for you–and if that includes retinol try the Rx version)

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