Men Not Attracted to Women with ‘Stressed’ Faces

stress womans face 2Holy Hormones Journal: Dang – I wish had the money in pocket that was spent on these frivolous gender-based studies.  When did stress become a gender issue?

Women and men both carry stress in their faces – from creases between their eyebrows, circles under their eyes to tight mouths and a constant frown. I can tell you right now that a woman is not attracted to men whose faces are stressed out – their bodies run down, anymore than a man is attracted to the same type of woman.  It would seem to me that ‘stressed’ people attract each other and non-stressed people who care for their health and well-being are attracted to each other.

There is no doubt that stress ages the body.  Most women and men’s biological clocks are ticking faster than their chronological clocks.  For women and men – the secret is micronutrients and Vitamin D3 for starters. Living with the rhythm of your endocrine/circadian cycle is the foundation.

Stress Decreases Attractiveness In Women’s Faces, Study Finds

Dr. Michael Lam
January 2014

Stress makes its mark on the female face, according to a new study that finds men judge women with high levels of a stress hormone less attractive.

The finding is a gender turnaround on previous research that has found that women go for low-stress guys, too. Stress can suppress fertility, said study researcher Markus Rantala, a professor of biology at the University of Turku in Finland. Thus, Rantala told LiveScience, it’s no surprise that both men and women might have evolved to prefer chilled-out faces.

But the new study does suggest one intriguing gender difference: Men weren’t more attracted to women with stronger immune systems, another factor that can show up in facial features. Even so, previous research on men’s judgments of beauty has found that women prefer guys with strong immune responses.

“Our major finding is a little bit of a disappointment for us, because we didn’t find that immunology is linked to attractiveness in women,” Rantala said. [Busted! 6 Gender Myths in the Bedroom and Beyond]

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.