Friday, 07 October 2016

Worry wart

Women spend almost 18 months of their life worrying about their skin, according to new research.

From wrinkles to spots and acne, the average woman worries about the appearance of their skin for 32 minutes every single day.

Acne is the biggest anxiety for females, followed by signs of ageing and the emergence of dark circles around the eyes. Over a fifth are so concerned about their skin that they have considered having cosmetic surgery procedures.

The research of 2,000 women was commissioned by beauty and wellbeing expert, Liz Earle, to mark the release of her new book, SKIN.

Liz Earle said: "I wanted to commission this research as it became so clear to me when writing this book that worrying about the state of our skin is such a huge and under-reported problem for so many women of all ages, young and old alike.

"I found it staggering that almost half of those questioned are suffering from a serious skin disorder such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea – and also dread going to a special event of social occasion because they worry about their skin.

"With record numbers of teenagers and middle-aged women clinically depressed, we need more awareness of how to take care of our skin so we look better – and feel better about ourselves."

Complexion affects self esteem more than we would think, and women feel even less confident when they break out. Those who took part in the survey said they suffer from eight bad skin days each month on average – and just four per cent described themselves as very confident about their skin. Of those polled, 45 per cent said they use 'lots' of make-up because they don't feel happy about their skin and will typically invest nine minutes of their day applying it.

Apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter haven't helped- 44 per cent said they have felt anxious about the appearance of their skin after seeing pictures of themselves on social media. However, half of women admitted they felt worried about how their own skin looks after seeing pictures of OTHER people.

Liz Earle said: "The state of our skin makes a huge impact to our self-esteem – and can even affect career-prospects and relationships by damaging confidence.

"Yet there are so many simple strategies that can help, from proven medications from the GP to watching at what we eat. Because skin conditions such as acne are not life-threatening, we may not be taking them seriously enough as part of our health and overall well-being."

Do you worry about how your skin looks? Let us know on Twitter @theladymagazine using the hashtag #LadyNews

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