Women look their best for just two hours and 22 minutes of the average working day, research has revealed.
A study found the beautifully styled hairdo and fully made-up face perfected in front of the bathroom mirror is history by precisely 10.13am.
That’s the point when the typical woman’s professional, polished image is replaced by worn-off lipstick, smudged eye make-up and dishevelled hair.
And it leads to millions of women being forced to reach into their handbag for a hairbrush, lipstick or concealer in a bid to regain their fresh-faced look.
The Imperial Leather SkinKind study also found the average woman spends 38 minutes getting herself ready and leaves the house at 7.40am looking and feeling like a million dollars.
Spokeswoman Rebecca Wilson said: ”The majority of women take time in the mornings to look the best they possibly can.
”They want to look smart and professional, plus it boosts confidence to look good.
”But it seems that a stressful commute combined with a couple of killer hours in the office leaves their appearance less than perfect.
”Consequently, most women struggle to get to the end of the working day looking like they did first thing in the morning.”
The findings also revealed the average woman will spend ten minutes in the shower, 11 minutes drying and styling her hair, eight minutes applying make-up and nine minutes choosing what to wear.
Furthermore it emerged the average female feels she needs to apply fresh make-up or restyle her hair again before lunchtime – at 11.44am.
Nearly three quarters of the 2,000 women polled admitted over the course of the day their appearance goes ‘drastically downhill’.
And 43 per cent said they were aware they looked like a ‘different woman’ after a long day in the office.
One in ten females felt their appearance nose dived just one hour into the working day, with 40 per cent stating they felt ‘bedraggled’ by lunchtime.
One quarter of women polled said they were of the belief that the more make-up they apply in the morning, the better they looked and felt throughout the day.
But 36 per cent admitted by mid afternoon, they stop looking in the mirror and just get on with things.
Nearly a third of men questioned declared that many of their female colleagues looked ‘stunning’ when they arrive at work but describe them as looking ‘much worse’ by the end of the day.
By contrast, more than half of the 2000 men polled reckon they look ‘great’ all day.
Rebecca Wilson added: ”’A long and tough day in the workplace, combined with the feeling that you don’t look your best makes it even more crucial to make sure people unwind and pamper themselves in the evening.”