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Grey matters, apparently

Nearly two-thirds of British women believe their career prospects are seriously reduced if they don’t look youthful, and over a third think they won’t get promoted once they hit 40, according to a new survey.

The survey commissioned by escentual.com found that women state that their career prospects are severely curtailed if they don’t look youthful.

A further 35% of women believe that once they reach 41, their chances of promotion disappear and over half of women believe that 51 is the cut off age for further career success. In other words, if they haven’t reached the boardroom by the time they are 40, they never will do.

It’s a different story for men. A staggering 82% of women believe that men of the same age do not feel the same pressures to stay looking young. If anything, unlike women, men gain authority with age.

A spokesperson for escentual.com, Emma Leslie said: “Clearly there is a great feeling that ageism is a serious problem for women in the work-place.  It’s a terrible situation that most women feel that they are unlikely to move forward with their career if they look older than 40.”

The escentual.com survey also found that 73% of women are spending over £60 a month on age-defying products such as anti-wrinkle creams, hair treatments and body oils, in their quest to retain their youthful looks. Almost half of women (47%) would spend more if they could afford to.