Washington: Men, please pay attention: Women find a healthy glow more attractive than a strong, masculine face, says a new study.
Scientists say that in a recent experiment, women preferred men with yellower and redder skin tones, both of which can signal good health, a crucial factor in choosing a mate.
For instance, people of any race who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables tend to have yellower hues, and people who are physically fit have more oxygenated—and thus, redder—blood and skin.
On the other hand, pallid skin with lesions is generally considered unattractive, perhaps because such traits betray a weak immune system, said study co-author Ian Penton-Voak, an experimental psychologist at the University of Bristol in the UK.
Unexpectedly, the women in the study showed no preference for men with traditionally masculine features, such as a prominent jaw and high muscle mass, the researchers say.
"What we found is—to our surprise—when you measure masculinity, it doesn’t bear any relation to attractiveness at all," National Geogra[hic News quoted Penton-Voak as saying.