Women Look Their Oldest at 3.30pm Every Wednesday, Says New Study

The study, conducted by tanning brand St. Tropez, revealed that one-in-10 women find Wednesday the most stressful day.

The research shows one in ten women (12 per cent) find Wednesday the most stressful day in a typical week. Photo: TotalSocialSolutions/ Flickr

New research shows that a certain number of women find Wednesdays the most stressful day of the week. And it gets worse. The study says these women look their oldest at 3:30 every Wednesday afternoon.

However, the day after is much better.  Researchers say that Thursday is the day women are most likely to have sex. And with sex comes a glow and a happier, more upbeat feeling, which makes Friday the best-feeling day of the week.

The research, carried out by the tanning brand, St Tropez, revealed two thirds experience a “slump in energy levels” mid-afternoon every Wednesday.  The study reports that a quarter of the women also feel stress several times a week, but Wednesdays are the worst. One in five admit they work through their lunch hour on Wednesdays.

Nichola Joss, St Tropez’s skin expert, said: “It’s fascinating that 3.30pm on a Wednesday is the time women look their oldest.

“Combine the highest stress levels of the week on a Wednesday with the natural mid-afternoon slump and it seems that’s why women can look older than their years.”

And Ms Joss revealed how a woman’s sex life can have a big impact on how they feel.

She added: “Many women credit a healthy sex life for keeping them looking and feeling young.

“As the mid-week slump passes and stress levels begin to decrease, it’s fascinating that Thursday is the evening they are most likely to feel amorous.”

The survey found that almost half of British women hit the booze at weekends so by Wednesday they’re paying for it. Joss said that it normally takes a few days for the negative effect of the party-filled weekend to show.

“Processing the toxins in alcohol and sugar can put strain on the body,” says Nichola Joss. “Typically it can take 72 hours for the visible effects of alcohol to show so the effects of that Sunday night drink may not present themselves until Wednesday afternoon.”

More than a third of women reported Monday night as when they are most likely to get a bad night’s sleep which also does not bode well for Wednesday. And perhaps an effect of the mid-week slump, more than one-in-10 women abandon their skin care regime on a Wednesday, the survey found.

Ms. Joss added: “A lack of sleep on a Monday does not bode well for how the skin will look on Wednesday.

“The effects of a lack of sleep can take 48 hours to show on the face, so if many women sleep badly on Monday they will look their oldest on Wednesday.”

Joss recommends that women get seven to eight hours of sleep at night for maximum anti-aging benefits. Further findings showed that the average British woman gets six hours and 43 minutes sleep a night.

“Too little and your skin cells can’t rejuvenate, too much can result in puffy, older looking skin,” she said.

Another effect of the mid-week slump is that more than one in ten (12 per cent) women will abandon their skin care regime on a Wednesday, reports the Telegraph.

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