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Bad Skin Days Are Confidence-Crushing, Say British Blokes

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

More than half of UK men say their self-confidence would be knocked if they woke up to a ‘bad skin day’, according to new research which looks at skincare concerns and how they make us feel.

A survey of 1,000 British men by beauty brand Clarins reveals how, for 51%, a ‘bad skin day’ would have a negative impact on their day; affecting not only their self-confidence, but their happiness and social confidence too.

On the flip side, when asked about the impact of a  ‘good skin day’ – whatever that meant to them – 53% said they’d feel even more confident and happy. For 29% of men, clear skin would also improve their confidence at work.

In a bid to banish ‘bad skin’, more than half also admitted to secretly using their partner’s skincare products, with one in ten (14%) helping themselves on a daily basis!

Lotions and Potions

For those that have a skincare routine and buy their own products, almost 50% said that the amount of time and money they spend on their skincare has increased over the past five years. Four in five men (82%) say they spend up to £50 a month on ‘lotions and potions’ to target their problem areas.

The survey also reveals how nine out of ten of us have at least one skincare bugbear. 

The biggest skincare concerns were revealed to be: 

  • Dry skin – 41%
  • Dark circles under eyes – 35%
  • Acne/acne scars – 27%
  • Ageing/fine lines – 26%
  • Blackheads/enlarged pores – 26%
  • Oily skin – 25%
  • Uneven skin tone/redness – 16%
  • Pigmentation/dark spots – 16%
  • Razor bumps – 14%
  • Environmental pollution – 9%
  • UV damage – 9%
  • Dull skin – 7%
  • Blue light (emitted by screens i.e. laptops, phones) – 6%

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