Why are longer lashes more attractive?

It's a scientifically proven fact that a baby's features, such as big eyes, induce feelings of love and attraction in other adults. Since ancient times, people have dedicated themselves to improving eyelashes as a way to modify their attractiveness. While some researchers have suggested that eyelashes are perceived as more attractive the longer they are, long eyelashes can also indicate diseases, such as immunodeficiency. From an evolutionary perspective, the ideal length of eyelashes to indicate health and, therefore, attractiveness should be somewhere in between long and short.

As research on this topic is scarce, the study authors, Farid Pazhoohi and Alan Kingstone, set out to systematically investigate the influence of eyelash length on perceived attractiveness. If you have eyelash extensions, you might want to buy a cleanser specially formulated for extensions. Even more intriguing is the fact that eyelashes can send a signal to the brain to close your eyes if they are in danger. Psychologists explain that long eyelashes, whether in men or women, create a contrast between the eye and the eyelid, drawing attention to the last two.

But it's the way men's long eyelashes emphasize their limbal ring (the dark ring around the iris) that drives women crazy, and that's because the limbal ring is most prominent during a person's most fertile years. Likewise, the only facial difference between the Disney incarnation of Robin Hood and his female counterpart Maid Marian were, you guessed it, his black, fluttering eyelashes, and there's a multi-million dollar industry based on the (strange) idea that when you add eyelashes to your car, you suddenly have a female car. On the one hand, the presence of healthy eyelashes can be a sign of general health; several diseases, disorders and congenital conditions can cause eyelash loss (sometimes referred to as milphosis or madarosis). In other words, participants preferred slightly longer eyelashes in women and shorter in men, suggesting that gender norms played an interfering role.

In addition to over-the-counter serums, there is also a prescription solution called Latisse (generic name bimatoprost), which is the only prescription treatment for eyelash growth approved by the FDA. Each subject was shown 11 images of the same face, identical except for the relationship between eyelashes and eye width, which varied in increments of. Long eyelashes are also an indicator of health, an extremely important factor in terms of biological attraction.

Bette Kalloch
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