Bingo wings Vs. Louboutins: 56% of British women would sacrifice their designer shoes for a pair of perfect arms
A third of women say arms are the first thing they notice in other women
16:34 GMT, 25 July 2012
The sun's warm glow can be a mixed blessing.
It means sunglasses and ice lollies, but it also means unleashing your body from its winter wardrobe and putting previously concealed limbs on display. In particular, arms.
And more than half of British women admit to being so panicked about the state of their 'bingo wings' that they would trade in their designer shoes in return for a pair of perfect arms.
The great bingo wing debate: Half of all British women would throw away their designer footwear if it meant receiving a pair of perfect arms
A new survey has found that 56 per cent of UK women would throw away their Louboutins and Jimmy Choos in return for perfect arms, while over one third admit to arms being the first physical attribute they notice in other women.
And 87 per cent would happily pay up to 50 to banish their
The findings – collected by Populus on behalf of skincare brand Mama Mio – also revealed the most lusted-after celebrity arms are those belonging to the Duchess of Cambridge and pop princess Cheryl Cole, with the two women combined winning over half the votes.
Dame Helen Mirren's arms, meanwhile, are the envy of the over 55s, while Michelle Obama's shapely biceps inspired 11 per cent of UK women.
In terms of the positive qualities most yearned for by women, arms with good definition scored 25 per cent of the vote, a distinct lack of wobble took 33 per cent, and skin which looks healthy 41 per cent.
A royal pair of limbs: Pop princess Cheryl Cole, left, and the Duchess of Cambridge, right, scored over half the votes when women were asked which female celebrity boasted the best arms
Celebrity trainer and Mama Mio consultant Efua Baker said: 'It's
not surprising that arms are a concern for many women, most especially
the flabbier tricep at the back of the arm, as they are now on show so
'It's understandable that women are happy to trade in their
luxuries in pursuit of perfection as it's such a confidence boost to be
happy in your own skin and know that others think you look amazing too.'
Though not exclusively age-related, upper arm definition deteriorates from your mid-30s as skin loses elasticity.
Ms Baker added: 'It’s
hard to see the early signs for yourself and many of my clients
complain that their arms seemed to change overnight.
'To ensure shape and
definition you have to work your arm muscles regularly, women rarely
worry about the 'front of arm' muscles as these are used much more in
everyday living, however, the trickier and flabbier back of arm – the tricep –
is often overlooked until it becomes a problem.
'It sounds simple but
the best results are achieved by those women who are aware of their
skin's condition and exercise regularly, working their muscles to
improve tone and appearance.'
An elegant arm: Dame Helen Mirren, left, and Michelle Obama, right, were two top choices when UK women were asked which female celebrity had the best arms