A mask is all you need to impress the ladies!
A study says women find men more attractive in a blue surgical mask
A change in mentality
Medical masks and cloth masks both increase attractiveness
But a blue surgical mask was rated as the most attractive
There's more to it than just hiding
There is more to the story...
A variety of male faces both covered and uncovered
40 male faces were used
A study lead by an expert in the psychology of faces
We associate masks with medical professionals
Masks reassure us and cause positive feelings towards the wearer
We no longer associate face mask with diseases
Face masks made us nervous before the pandemic
The pandemic has changed our psychology
We no longer avoid people in masks
Evolutionary psychology
From turn-off to turn-on
Masking up can help you hook up!
It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(1/20)
A mask is all you need to impress the ladies!

Not sure what to wear on that blind date? Probably the best thing to wear to make sure your date finds you good-looking is, in fact, a surgical mask!

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(2/20)
A study says women find men more attractive in a blue surgical mask

A study published in Cognitive Research Journal conducted at the University of Cardiff found that women rated men as more attractive when wearing a blue surgical mask.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(3/20)
A change in mentality

Before the global pandemic hit, researchers found that medical face masks caused the wearer to be perceived as less attractive. These days though, our mentality has shifted.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(4/20)
Medical masks and cloth masks both increase attractiveness

A team of researchers from Cardiff University who studied the issue wrote, "The results show that faces were considered as most attractive when covered by medical masks and significantly more attractive when occluded with cloth masks than when not occluded."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(5/20)
But a blue surgical mask was rated as the most attractive

So, if you can't get your hands on a blue surgical mask, a cloth mask will also help you boost your attractiveness.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(6/20)
There's more to it than just hiding "unattractive" features

However, the reason we find others more attractive when wearing a mask isn't just because potentially "unattractive" features are now hidden.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(7/20)
There is more to the story...

The researchers wrote, "Contrary to expectation, base attractiveness did not interact with the type of occlusion, suggesting that this is not simply due to occlusion of negative features."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(8/20)
A variety of male faces both covered and uncovered

A small study conducted in the UK asked women to rate how attractive they found male faces. The women were presented with men wearing a surgical mask, a cloth mask, male faces partially covered by a control object, and male faces that were not covered at all.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(9/20)
40 male faces were used

The researchers used forty male faces from various racial backgrounds that had previously been rated for attractiveness. The study included the twenty most attractive and the twenty least attractive male faces.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(10/20)
A study lead by an expert in the psychology of faces

Dr. Michael Lewis, a Reader from Cardiff University's School of Psychology, is an expert in the psychology of faces and is the co-author of the paper published in The Cognitive Research Journal.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(11/20)
We associate masks with medical professionals

Regarding the findings, Dr. Lewis said, "Our study suggests faces are considered most attractive when covered by medical face masks. This may be because we're used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks, and now we associate these with people in caring or medical professions."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(12/20)
Masks reassure us and cause positive feelings towards the wearer

Lewis continued, "At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(13/20)
We no longer associate face mask with diseases

The team of researchers believes that we have changed our perception of mask-wearers after months (in some cases years) of seeing people wear them en masse. It could also be that we no longer associate a face mask with diseases.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(14/20)
Face masks made us nervous before the pandemic

Dr. Lewis said, "The results run counter to the pre-pandemic research where it was thought masks made people think about disease, and the person should be avoided."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(15/20)
The pandemic has changed our psychology

Dr. Lewis explains that the pandemic has changed our psychology and how we perceive people who wear masks.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(16/20)
We no longer avoid people in masks

The Dr. said, "When we see someone wearing a mask, we no longer think 'that person has a disease, I need to stay away'."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(17/20)
Evolutionary psychology

In fact, Dr. Lewis says that it has to do with evolutionary psychology and how we choose our partners. Our natural tendency is to choose a healthy partner, free of disease.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(18/20)
From turn-off to turn-on

Before the pandemic, a face mask was a major turn-off, indicating disease. However, these days, a mask-wearer is a sign of a person taking care of their health.

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(19/20)
"no longer a contamination cue."

Dr. Lewis said, "Now we can observe a shift in our psychology such that face masks are no longer acting as a contamination cue."

It's science: wearing a mask makes us more attractive
(20/20)
Masking up can help you hook up!

So if you are looking for a partner, you know what you need to do....mask up!!

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