And They Are Not All Physical!
85% of people have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can result in a poor body image and feeling less attractive. So how can you increase your attractiveness and improve your self esteem? Here are five healthy ways that can help increase your attractiveness, especially for men.
The number one most attractive feature on a person is their smile. Despite this, many men could use a little nudge in the attention they give to their overall oral hygiene (dentistryiq.com). The mayoclinic.org states that the oral health of a person is a window into their overall health. Regular oral hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist all contribute to a healthy mouth and smile. And no one wants to get up close and personal with a person whose breath stinks.
When it comes to American men 18 and older, only 66 percent brush their teeth twice or more a day. These same men are less likely to change their toothbrushes as often as women do, which is according to dentists, every three-four months. By simply brushing your teeth twice a day and switching your toothbrush every few months can help improve your dental hygiene and attractiveness.
Other ways to ensure that your mouth stays clean, and therefore your overall attractiveness, are to eat a healthy diet, low in sugar, and avoid the use of tobacco. Because, after all, our teeth aren’t just for chewing food, they are a reflection of attractiveness.
Wellbuiltstyle.com strongly correlates a male body being more physically attractive to a woman if he is physically fit. Well-maintained upper bodies display muscular strength, specifically a broad chest and shoulders with a narrow waist. This gives the illusion of a V-shape, and women recognize it to indicate health and fitness.
Essentially, this relates to our primal instincts. Women can’t help but want healthy offspring, even those who aren’t currently thinking of children ;it is apparently instinctive. Therefore, we look for physically fit men as this alludes to better genes, but also suggests them to be better protectors.
Add in the fact that exercise aids in preventing many ailments, from cardiovascular disease to mental illness, which can alter the degree a woman is physically attracted to a man.
Researchers looked at the relationship between stress hormones, testosterone, male facial attractiveness, and a healthy immune system. The study found a couple of influential factors. The first related to antibodies a man produced in response to a vaccine; the more he produced, the more attractive women found his face. The second associated testosterone levels and its connection to physical attraction (Rantala et al., 2012).
Essentially, the more testosterone a man has, the stronger his immune system, and the more women are attracted to him. Testosterone levels were also correlated with his stress levels. In essence, testosterone was highest in males who had lower levels of stress. Want to learn how to naturally raise your testosterone levels? Read our post on testosterone here.
High levels of cortisol are a contributing factor to a male’s testosterone levels and overall immune health. When cortisol levels are elevated, your body can’t make as many white blood cells which are very important to helping you respond to infections.
For more on immunity, check out our recorded live stream, “Immunity & Improved Immune Response.”
Too much stress in our lives does more than influence our immune system. It can affect the way we interact with others and even our appearance/attractiveness. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone (Chen et al., 2014). When cortisol remains elevated long term it can cause reduced skin hydration, increased inflammation, wrinkles, and a breakdown of collagen/elastin. Stress can also cause physical changes such as hair loss, premature greying, slower skin renewal, even increased acne which can be perceived as “less attractive.”
Additionally, chronic stress is linked to weight gain; we eat more when we are stressed. By eating more, men are likely to gain weight, which links back to our previous point that we judge those who are overweight as being unhealthy.
And if that wasn’t enough, stress can trigger premature aging. Within our bodies, we have what are called telomeres, or pieces of DNA on the ends of our chromosomes. When we are stressed, research suggests that the length of our telomeres becomes shorter. This shortening not only reduces lifespan but also reduces our skin’s elasticity. To further understand how your DNA works with your health, read our post on the health benefits of epigenetic testing.
Everydayhealth.com suggests many ways for men to lower their stress levels, from being active and eating well to mediating and having a positive attitude. Since stress does more than affect our attractiveness to others but our overall health, men may want to look hard at why they are stressed. Having effective ways to reduce stress can help you improve your appearance while also avoiding the negative consequences of stress. A few ways you can reduce stress are by meditation, exercising, or simply taking time out of your day to relax.
We also have a recorded live stream on Stress & Sleep.
If you are looking for an easy way to increase your attractiveness simply smile. Researchers found that in one study participants were asked to rate attractiveness of faces. They found a positive correlation between smile intensity and attractiveness (Golle et al., 2014). Additionally, they did a second experiment which found smiling had participants appear happier which resulted in them being more attractive. So next time you want to quickly appear more attractive just smile!
In the end, it doesn’t all come down to the physical features of a man that make him attractive to a woman. After all, a woman cannot fight her attraction to a man’s deep blue eyes anymore than she can fight her primal attraction to his immune system.
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