From British daily The Morning Star:
Teenagers turn to face cream to avoid ageing
Tuesday 26 May 2009
One in three women under the age of 25 is already using anti-ageing products, while 12 per cent started applying anti-ageing creams before their 16th birthday.
The shocking poll of 2,000 women between the ages of 18 and 25 also revealed on Tuesday that 47 per cent would even be prepared to have cosmetic surgery to shave some years off their appearance, despite the obvious health risks.
A Feminist Fightback spokesperson said: “It’s completely understandable that young women feel such pressures. It is beauty as defined by the free market and just another way for capitalism to control women.”
Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said that they dreaded signs of ageing and over half felt pressured to stay looking young.
A significant proportion felt that the most pressure came from exposure to celebrities.
But Simple Health Beauty, which carried out the research, warned that “the majority of these products are not designed for women under the age of 40.
“Some are formulated with harsh ingredients, such as retinol derivatives which are not suitable for sensitive skin. These ingredients may cause skin damage when used prematurely, which can lead to photosensitivity in later life.”
The number of incidents of self-harm in Scotland’s only all-female prison has “rocketed” by over 800 per cent, it was revealed on Tuesday: here.