Research shows that others see you as 20 per cent more attractive than you think you are. That’s because, when you look in the mirror, you’re simply judging yourself on looks. All you can see is your reflection – but none of the personality.
Of course, it’s important to make the best of what you’ve got,’ says Dr Debra. ‘But, there’s so much more to beauty than looks alone.
‘A great figure, shiny hair and lovely skin may turn heads and get you noticed, but it takes more than that to be attractive.
‘Beauty is also about the way you move, speak and express yourself. It’s about good health, warmth, spontaneity and charisma.’
Dr Debra and Dr Eva believe anyone can learn how to feel and look more beautiful.
‘The Beauty Prescription isn’t just a guide to show you how to make yourself more physically perfect,’ says Dr Debra. ‘It’s also a guide to help you develop your inner beauty.’
So, if you feel you could do with an overhaul, here are their top tips on how to become more beautiful inside and out.
Beauty is not subjective.
Contrary to popular belief, men and women generally agree on who is and who is not physically attractive, even across different cultures.
What makes someone enjoyable to look at?
High cheekbones, fuller lips, big eyes, and a thin chin are associated with sexiness in women, whereas a big jaw and broad chin are preferred in men. Smooth skin, shiny hair, and facial symmetry are also key aspects of beauty.
According to various studies, these provide measures of health, good genes, intelligence, and success. More often than not, the world rewards beauty.
Facial symmetry, considered the beacon of beauty, can be perceived as a sign of health, even if it is not related to actual health. In an Australian study, researchers morphed photographs of young adults so that their faces were perfectly symmetrical. In general, the symmetric version of each face — both male and female — received higher health ratings than the normal image. Individuals with asymmetric faces were perceived as unhealthy.
Want to be more beautiful instantly?
Then the quickest thing you can do is to change your mindset. Working on your inner beauty – how you feel inside – will enhance your overall attraction to others. Dr Eva recommends the following tactics:
• SURROUND YOURSELF WITH BEAUTY: This has a calming effect on the mind.
• PRACTISE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Do something for others – this will make you feel better about yourself.
• SET ACHIEVABLE GOALS: When we accomplish things, this is a source of self-esteem.
• HAVE A LAUGH: Go to comedy clubs, read humorous books, see funny friends.
• GIVE TO OTHERS: Try voluntary work.
• LOVE AND BE LOVED: Appreciate and make the most of all your relationships.
• BE AFFIRMATIVE: Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Tell yourself regularly: ‘I am beautiful. I am smart. I deserve to be happy.’ You’ll be surprised how this can lift your mood.
Although the link between facial symmetry and real health is weak, there is some evidence that individuals with more distinct facial features, considered less attractive, are more susceptible to disease, parasites, and other illnesses. Specifically, in a study of 17-year-olds, researchers found that facial distinctiveness was linked to poor health in both men and women, either during childhood or adolescence. Facial averageness, on the other hand, was linked to good health. One theory is that distinctive facial traits are tied to chromosomal disorders. The preference for average faces may have evolved as a way of identifying a mate with good genes.
Fair Women in America spend too many hours and too much money to make themselves darker, giving themselves skin cancer in the name of beauty either in tanning beds or with products that temporarily dye the skin. It’s all society… Fair skin in America is usually called “pale” or “pasty” meanwhile in other parts of the world women bleach their skin to be lighter. We all want what we can’t have… Be comfortable in your own skin, literally.