Maybe You Really Should Grow a BeardMen with beards are more common now than any time in the past 50 years. Some of that is fashion, some is the relaxation of office dress codes, and then a lot of men grew beards during their time at home during the pandemic. Maybe you were one of them. Should you shave that beard off now that it's time to return to the office? That is totally your call, but science knows what others see when they look at you with a beard. A study from the University of Queensland divided photos of men into four categories: clean shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, and full beard. Women rated these photos as to attractiveness. Women who were looking for dating fun preferred men with light stubble and heavy stubble. Women who were looking for a long-term relationship preferred those with heavy stubble and full beards. Clean shaven men came in last for each group of women participants. Another study out of Brazil found that gay men also preferred men with facial hair, the more the better.There was another study that looked into the perception of men with beards in various emotional categories, which you can read about at Inc. Read all about these studies before you reach for the razor. -via Damn Interesting​(Image credit: Australian War Memorial collection) #beard #facialhair #attractiveness
Face Masks Make People Look More AttractiveAside from the protection that face masks offer during the pandemic, wearing them does invoke a sense of mystery in a person. Most of a person’s facial features are obstructed from view when they wear a mask. But did you know that British academics discovered that people were judged to look better with facemasks?A study by researchers from Cardiff University revealed that a face covered with a surgical mask was likely to be perceived as the most appealing. “Our study suggests faces are considered most attractive when covered by medical face masks. This may be because we’re used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks and now we associate these with people in caring or medical professions. At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer.” Dr Michael Lewis, part of the team, said. Image credit: Denis Jung#research #facemasks #attractiveness