Skin con­fi­dence

The Sun (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY -

is one of the big­gest mar­kets in the global beauty in­dus­try, but which coun­tries feel most con­fi­dent about their nat­u­ral com­plex­ions?

Ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by cleans­ing brand Clar­isonic, Canada is the na­tion that feels most at home in its own skin, with 28% of par­tic­i­pants say­ing they would be “proud to show off their skin with­out any­thing on it.” The US was close be­hind with 27%, fol­lowed by the UK (25%), Ger­many (22%), China and France (20% each). South Korea and Ja­pan re­ported the low­est rates of con­fi­dence at 12% and 10% re­spec­tively.

While both women and men re­ported equal lev­els of skin con­fi­dence at 20%, the sur­vey re­sults highlight the ex­tent to which skin con­di­tions can af­fect self-es­teem. Some 47% of the adults sur­veyed who suf­fered from acne or blem­ishes ad­mit­ted that they some­times feel un­con­fi­dent about their skin – to the ex­tent that 31% of Chi­nese par­tic­i­pants and 24% of South Korean par­tic­i­pants said they had can­celled plans with friends in the past when they didn't feel good about their com­plex­ion. Chi­nese re­spon­dents were also the most likely to ad­mit feel­ing em­bar­rassed if caught in pub­lic with­out make-up, at 22%.

Over­all, 43% of par­tic­i­pants who use so­cial me­dia ad­mit­ted to us­ing fil­ters and edit­ing apps be­fore post­ing photos of them­selves online, with the most pop­u­lar rea­sons be­ing to hide blem­ishes, acne or un­even skin tone (19%), to re­move wrin­kles or look younger (14%) and to im­prove the shape and con­tours of the face (13%).

When it comes to wish­ful think­ing, 33% of all par­tic­i­pants said they would be will­ing to give up sweets and choco­late if it meant a life­time of per­fect skin, while 24% would forgo so­cial me­dia, 15% would stop va­ca­tions, 14% would de­prive them­selves of shop­ping and 13% would even re­lin­quish sex.

The sur­vey was con­ducted online by Har­ris Poll on be­half of Clar­isonic to cel­e­brate Healthy Skin Month. From June 21-27, 2016, 9,675 adults took part across Canada, China, Ger­many, France, Ja­pan, South Korea, the UK and the US. – AFP Re­laxnews

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