What makes a person sexy? Chances are, you could list any number of qualities you find scintillating, everything from a toned body to a sense of humor, and everything in between. Each and every one of us has a specific idea of what's attractive - and what's not.
While we might think our preferences are a personal decision, the fact is, many of our sexual desires come from biological needs. The biggest need, of course, is to reproduce. Whether you actually want to or not, your body fights to keep the human race alive by making sex (and the objects of our desires) as irresistible as possible.
Everything from the body types we prefer to the shape of a person's face gives us insight into whether they'd be potentially good mates (and parents of our offspring). The most attractive traits in female - large breasts, thin waist, feminine features - all represent youth and fertility. And the tall, chiseled male that many women fantasize about represents a man full of testosterone who can produce healthy children (and also protect them as well).
Don't believe me? Keep reading for more ways that science can make you sexier. And you'll see... Most of them stem from one need: our evolutionary desire to reproduce.
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8 Shave Those Beards – But Don't Shave it All Off
Facial hair is en vogue (for men, that is), and beards seem to be hip. But just because something is cool doesn't mean the opposite sex will find it attractive. And in the case of those thick, manly beards, you may actually be doing more harm than good.
7 Wear Lipstick
6 Consider Your Tone of Voice
When you're talking to someone of the opposite sex, you probably focus on what you're saying, but don't really think about how your voice sounds. Sure, you might notice if you sound a bit strange - perhaps a snort or a squeal that wasn't meant to come out - but otherwise, in everyday conversation, you probably have no idea that your tone of voice could be sending signals to the opposite sex. And heck, they probably don't even realize they're picking up on these signals either.
And possibly the most surprising finding when it comes to how your tone of voice affects attractiveness, apparently comes down to body size, or at least perceived body size. Men rated woman with high-pitched voices as being more attractive because it indicated, at least in their minds, that the speaker had a smaller body. In men, it was the opposite. Women preferred deeper voices because it conveyed that the men had a larger frame. But also, when it came to men, there was another added tidbit. Apparently the most attractive male voices had a hint of “breathiness,” which indicated a lower level of aggression despite his more masculine frame.
5 Fertility = Sex Appeal
When you spot that sexy girl at the bar, chances are good you're not thinking, “Oh man, I so want to have babies with her!” At least not initially. But biologically, your brain may be deceiving you. Sure, you can't explain it, and you probably don't even realize it's happening, but the fact of the matter is that men find women more attractive during their most fertile time of the month. Scientists believe it's a combination of factors - vocal and facial changes along with the pheromones they're putting off.
4 Wear Red
We've already told you that red lipstick increases your sex appeal, but it actually goes much further than that. Even if you swear you don't look good in red, you perhaps need to rethink that. At least if you're looking to snag a date. The reason for that? Well the color red is found to significantly enhance attraction. And the good news? This doesn't just apply to the ladies. It works in both sexes.
3 Strut Your Stuff
When you walk into a room and want to appear sexy, what do you do? You don't just stagger in, clumsy as can be (unless you've had too much to drink, of course). No, if you're a female, you might swish your hips ever so slightly. It's not an obvious gesture, and maybe you don't even realize you're doing it, but sometimes, it's very much intentional.
And men may not admit to it, but they swagger. It's an entirely different move than the woman's swishing hips. They have a broad posture, appear to look bigger by opening up their chest and standing tall. Look at any confident playboy at the bar and you'll see the signature swagger.
2 Lay Off the Axe Body Spray
Teenage boys all over the world will probably weep when they read this one. Thanks to a relentless marketing campaign, all this time you thought that layers and layers of body spray would make you more attractive to the opposite sex, but as woman will tell you, it's doing the exact opposite. In fact, just a little scent goes a long way. So spritzing a tiny bit of cologne will do you more good than half a bottle of any body spray on the market.
1 Play Hard to Get – Unless You're a Woman
Oh the double standards, how they hurt. But yes, science has found that when it comes to men, a man who plays hard to get is more likely to attract the attention of a female. The reason for this? Men who seemed too attentive to a woman's needs came off as vulnerable and less dominant. Which while women may claim they want someone to meet all of their needs - and they do - they are initially suspicious of a man who comes off as being too easy of a catch. There's a number of reasons for this, and some may view an overly responsive stranger as being too nice and manipulative, or simply out for sexual favors and nothing more.
But just in case you're a woman thinking of using this same tactic, you may want to reconsider. Men are actually attracted to women who seem nice, as they see it as a sign of being more feminine. Men were found to be more attracted to more agreeable and attentive females, as opposed to those who acted aloof or disinterested.
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