It is no surprise that every human wants to look beautiful. For many, being attractive is synonymous with being beautiful; and hence the global beauty market is all set to leap to a hefty $265 billion in 2017.
However, science carries a different news for you! Your behaviour and habits are the things that make you less attractive, not your beauty.
1. Sleep deprivation
Every Grandma in the world swears by the beauty treatment of sleep. Indeed, lack of sleep results in puffy eyes, disorientation, lethargy and lack of concentration, but talking about it makes one look sadder, less attractive and less healthy.
2. Being mean
Researchers have found that an honest and decent face is more attractive than an evil and mean face. So, next time when your mother asks you to be nice, be nice and become more attractive!
The Rex of all things wrong, stress is not only the worst enemy of health but is also a gigantic enemy of attractiveness. Hetrosexual men find women who know how to have fun more attractive than the ones who are always stressed.
Studies have indicated that women under stress (as measured by stress hormone cortisol) are less fertile. Millions of years of evolution has programmed us in a way that we find fertile people more attractive.
4. Body language
Be it a date or a job interview, gurus have repeatedly advised one to maintain a good body language.
While power poses in boardrooms can make you a winner, curling up like a ball at any gathering can make you appear less attractive.
Research has proven that people are more attractive to expansive poses rather than contractive ones. Expansive poses make one look more confident, daring and honest while contractive poses symbolises shyness, mysteriousness and secretiveness.
5. Looking too happy or proud
While it is a good thing to be happy in life and to be proud of your achievements, crossing the line and appear haughty, snobby or, on the other scale, too funny can make you look less attractive.
The interesting fact is that women find men who display pride more attractive while men find women who are happy more attractive.
6. No sense of humour
We all love people who can make us laugh. Gone are the days when being stoic and business-like would fetch dates, it is all about having a great sense of humour and about the ability to engage in a gleeful conversation.
A research in 2011 found that people find sense of humour a major yardstick when looking for a desirable partner.
It is no secret that having the energy level of a sloth is not a desirable quality. In a study conducted on students for six weeks, it was proven that helpful and cooperative students were tagged as more desirable than lazy or unhelpful ones.
Hence your helping nature is the new sexy trait.
As astonishing as this may sound, but humans often measure attractiveness by the smell of a person. So if you smell too different or too familiar, chances are that you would be perceived as unattractive.
A study in 2006 revealed that humans find people who have different gene pools, thus having different smell, more attractive than the ones who are from the similar genetic pools.
Beating the huge yardstick of unintelligence, dishonesty emerges as the leader on the unattractive traits board. For both men and women dishonesty is a major turn off – a lying, dishonest person is the most unattractive.
It is such a major turn off that even innocuous things like lying about age or income can send you in the ‘Hall of the Unattractive’.
A 2006 study highlighted the fact that out of the given attributes of “honest/dishonest”, “intelligent/unintelligent” and “dependent/independent”, only dishonesty had a severe negative impact on attractiveness.
Now that we know what can render us unattractive, maybe we should stop thinking about those expensive beauty products to make the skin glow and concentrate more on who we are as a person. After all, the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.