Disclaimer to women everywhere: If you're having a bad day, don't read any further. A recent study has revealed that we look our worst on Wednesdays at exactly 3:30 P.M. That's every Wednesday of every week at precisely 3:30 P.M. local time. As a woman, I am affronted by this claim, but as a blogger, I am extremely curious. Now, the good news is that it's a few hours past 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday where I live (Eastern Time), but ladies on the west coast and beyond better gird their loins because your "ugly time" is closing in fast. And I'm sorry.
I was pretty disappointed to learn that there's some real science behind this study by tanning brand, St. Tropez. Here goes nothing: 46 percent of women drink over the weekend, 37 percent of women report that Monday is their most restless night of sleep and women are generally more stressed at work on Wednesdays. All of these lovely things combine to create a perfect storm that catches up with us mid-week at, you guessed it, 3:30 P.M. Here's Ms. Joss from St. Tropez, with more details on why we look our worst on Wednesdays at 3:30 P.M.:
Processing the toxins in alcohol and sugar can put strain on the body. It can take up to 72 hours for the visible effects of alcohol to show, so the effects of drinking on the weekend may not present themselves until Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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.
Oh dear, what's a girl to do? Well, nothing really. The good news is that Wednesday is almost over and for those of you who haven't reached 3:30 P.M. yet, your rapid descent to aged spinster will be of short duration. And Joss adds:
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.
We can live with that.