In the study, researchers from the universities of Bristol and St. Andrews in the UK found that the colour of a person’s skin affects how healthy and therefore attractive they appear.
Using specialist computer software, a total of 54 Caucasian participants of both sexes were asked to manipulate the skin colour of male and female Caucasian faces to make them look as healthy as possible. They chose to increase the rosiness, yellowness and brightness of the skin.
“We knew from our previous work that people who have more blood and more oxygen colour in their skins looked healthy, and so we decided to see what other colours affect health perceptions. This has given us some clues as to what other skin pigments may relate to a healthy appearance,” said Dr. Ian Stephen who is now at the University of Bristol. [Read more...]