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The Best Cities in the U.S. for Your Skin, Hair, and Body

If You're Prone to Sunburn: Seattle

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The UV index, which runs on a scale of 1 to 11 to measure sun radiation, averages a measly 2 in this cloudy West Coast outpost. The gloom might sound depressing—until you consider how much younger you’ll look without sun-damaged skin.

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If You're Oily with Breakouts: Phoenix

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Afternoon humidity hovers around 23 percent in this super-dry desert climate (compare that with 54 percent in New York City and 64 percent in Los Angeles). After about three days here, you’ll notice fewer breakouts and less of that persistent sheen you’re always blotting.

If You're Worried About Wrinkles: Honolulu

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The Hawaiian capital has crazy low rates of air particle pollution, which contains “free radicals” that can cause rashes and damage healthy collagen, leading to what’s politely called “loss of elasticity.” Plus, won’t all that beach time and pineapple just make you feel younger?

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If You're Fair (and Proud of It): San Francisco

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There’s no pressure to be tan in the tech-geek capital. San Francisco has the lowest number of tanning beds per capita of any U.S. city.

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If You've Got Dry Skin: New Orleans

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You’ll wake up to an average 84 percent humidity in this steamy Southern city, which will feed your skin the moisture it needs to stay supple and healthy. Just remember to hydrate (average summer temps are in the 90s) and lay off the excessive hurricane-drinking.

If You've Got Frizzy Hair: Denver

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Basically the polar opposite of New Orleans: Cooler temps, plus low winds and humidity, keep frizz to a minimum in the mile-high city.

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If You're Cursed with Asthma: Boise

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Good air quality and low pollen counts make this a great place for asthma sufferers to call home. See where your city ranks on the annual list produced by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If You've Got Arthritis: Yuma

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Abundant sunshine in this Arizona city—more than 90 percent of it every day—provides the vitamin D that arthritis sufferers need to prevent loss of bone density.

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If You're Into Botox: Miami

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Just want to get your eyelids done in peace? Head to Miami, which boasts the highest number of plastic surgeons (18) per 100,000 adults.

This article originally appeared as The 9 Best Cities For Your Skin, Hair and Body on PureWow.


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