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2016’s Best and Worst Cities for Your Selfie

By Sydney Cook
Posted On May 23, 2016
2016’s Best and Worst Cities for Your Selfie


A filter is a powerful thing. It can turn an average selfie into a fierce headshot. There’s a whole bevy of photo-editing apps to fix every miniscule imperfection on our faces. Pick the right filter and wrinkles are blurred, teeth are whitened, and features are sharpened. Choose the wrong filter and you can end up looking like “the night after” with dull skin, dark under eye circles, and misplaced shadows.

However, photo-editing softwares can only help us so much. Proper care and awareness are more essential (and reliable) to maintaining healthy, glowing, no-filter-necessary skin, and preventing skin disorders including, but not limited to, costly and dangerous skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every year in the U.S. there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon. With proper care and knowledge, many of these cases could have been avoided especially by limiting the use of tanning beds and exposure to skin’s number one foe – the sun. Aside from the sunlight, our skin has other enemies including stress, pollution, tobacco use, and a poor diet.

After all, there are certain cities in the land of liberty where we don’t have to work as hard to filter, protect, and care for our skin. In these promising areas, skin cancer percentages are lower, the air is less polluted, the sun is milder, and treatment is more accessible.

Just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness month and summer’s rays, WalletHub conducted a study and analyzed the largest US cities to identify the best and worst places for our skin. The analysts took into account the “melanoma incidence rate per 100,000 residents, ultraviolet index, and cost of a non-invasive dermatological procedure.”

Check below to see where your hometown lands, and maybe select a new residence.

Source: WalletHub


Texas dominates the list by taking the top three spots with El Paso coming in at number one while San Antonio and Austin follows. It just dawned on me – ever since Texas’ gift of Beyoncé, I’ve always longed for a life in the Lone Star state! Haven’t you?

New York closed the top 10 and Miami is ranked number 22. Click here for the full list.