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Researchers say women found images of men wearing blue medical masks most attractive and believe this is because "we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer".
COVID-19: Face masks make people look more attractive, study suggestsResearchers say women found images of men wearing blue medical masks most attractive and believe this is because "we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer".
Face masks may have been among the more divisive issues of the COVID-19 pandemic but those reluctant to wear one may change their minds now that academics have discovered that people actually look more attractive when wearing one.
Yes, we know they cover up half of your face but a team of experts at Cardiff University has found that wearing a mask, in particular a blue medical mask, increases your facial attractiveness.
Dr Michael Lewis, from the university's School of Psychology and an expert in the psychology of faces, said that prior to the pandemic research found that medical face masks reduced attractiveness.
His team wanted to see if the "ubiquitous" use of face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since 2020 has changed people's perceptions of those wearing them.
The study measured how different types of face masks changed the attractiveness of 40 male faces.
A group of women was asked to rate the attractiveness of images of male faces without a mask, wearing a cloth mask, a blue medical mask and holding a black book covering the area a mask would hide, on a scale of one to 10.