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Men with stubble are deemed more attractive

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Put that razor down and step away from the sink. A new study has shown that men with stubble are deemed more attractive by both sexes.

Researchers in Australia took pictures of 10 men at four different stages - clean shaven, 5-day light stubble, 10-day heavy stubble and heavy beard - and 351 women and 177 heterosexual men were asked to rate each face for attractiveness, masculinity, health and parenting ability.

The men with the heavy stubble came out on top while clean shaven men and those with full beards were considered equal in their attractiveness.

Those with light stubble had the lowest scores from both men and women. Researchers suggested that the patchiness of five days was to blame and noted that "a threshold of density and distribution may be necessary for beards to function as an attractive signal."

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