The average woman worries about the appearance of their skin for 32 minutes EVERY single day.
From wrinkles to spots – with acne the biggest anxiety followed by signs of ageing and the emergence of dark circles around the eyes – women are preoccupied with the state of their complexion. And over a fifth are so concerned about their skin that they have considered having cosmetic surgery procedures.
Beauty and wellbeing expert, Liz Earle, who has just launched a new book called SKIN, commissioned the poll, of 2,000 women. She says: ‘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.’
Respondents 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% 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. Females will spend 11 minutes daily thinking about how best to conceal problem areas so that no one will notice.
Half of women said they dread going to special events because they are worried about how their skin might look that day. Among those surveyed, 44% 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.
While a third of respondents admit they have used a filter on their social media pictures to improve their appearance. Four in 10 of those surveyed said they suffer from acne – with 50% saying they had it during their teenage years. Behind acne, the second most common skin condition females suffer from is eczema, which causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. This was followed by psoriasis which leads to red, flaky, crusty patches of skin anywhere on the body and rosacea which is characterised by facial redness and swelling. Three quarters of women said they are worried about their skin ageing — 37% said they have tried anti-ageing creams and 36% have experimented with anti-ageing moisturisers. Of those polled, 82% moisturise their skin, 69 per cent cleanse it and half exfoliate – and the average skincare routine takes nine minutes. Four in 10 respondents said their skin looks at its best in the summer and that, on average, it looks especially radiant at 12.33pm.
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. ‘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 wellbeing.’
Comparethetreatment.com expert Dr Rita Rakus says: ‘Various skin-tightening and facial lifting treatments, which include ULTRAcel and Thermage, are very popular amongst our patients due to their non-invasive action which can achieve both short- and long-term results with minimal or no downtime. It is really beneficial for reducing wrinkles, fine lines and overall rejuvenation.’
Fellow expert Marc Pacifico says: ‘Toxin treatment, such as Botox, performed carefully and subtly, is an excellent first step, alongside medical grade skin care, such as the Obagi range, to improve the quality of your skin.’
Referring to rosacea, he adds: ‘Many sufferers resort to thick cover-up make-up, rather than treating the underlying condition, and often this is because they do not understand the condition.’