CosBeauty Magazine #85

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CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The Breast Report - your guide to augmentation
- Put an end to bad hair days
- 24 hour makeup, products that last
- Sex appeal - do you have it?

feature

sex

appeal:

do you

have it?

Animal magnetism. That certain je ne sais

quoi. Whatever you call it, sex appeal

has some serious scientific backing.

words by Aimeé rodrigues

No matter which branch of science you

subscribe to, we have it on good authority

that sexual attraction comes down to a

primal human quest: to reproduce and nurture healthy

offspring. Levels of attractiveness, and what both men

and women consider attractive in each other, appear

to be a function of both evolution and psychology.

Of course, every man and woman has their unique

taste, but an overwhelming number of studies show

that our biological need to procreate leads most of

us to pick mates who have certain physical traits

over those who don’t. These physical characteristics

stimulate the brain’s hypothalamus, leading to elevated

heart rate, perspiration and feelings of sexual arousal.

It is also a chemical state, with six or seven

hormones at play. ‘Being on drugs is like falling in

love (or vice versa),’ says Prof Rob Brooks, Professor

of Evolutionary Biology at the University of NSW

and author of Sex, Genes and Rock ‘n’ Roll: How

Evolution Has Shaped The Modern World.

Perhaps the most obvious physical trait that arouses

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