Why High Cheekbones Are Considered More Attractive

There are certain facial traits that are known to be attractive. Youthful skin? Yes, please. Pearly white teeth? Shine on! Yes, when it comes to often-celebrated features, a mention of high cheekbones always pops up. Here's why that high, chiseled facial look is so desired.

Of course, beauty is subjective. People have different tastes, backgrounds, and cultural influences helping them form their opinions on what is considered attractive. That is why we were intrigued when the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reported a study that was done to see what features were considered universally beautiful. The study was conducted by a group of sociologists who collected pictures of a diverse group of women of Caucasian, Hispanic, African, Eastern European, and Australian backgrounds. They then asked a varied group of 20,000 people from all over the world and found that high cheekbones were a defining appearance feature in the group of women who were listed as the most beautiful.

High cheekbones are indicators of high estrogen levels and youthfulness

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reported in that same study that the researchers found high cheekbones to be an indicator of high estrogen levels in women. It was also reported that no matter where you are from, high cheekbones are a sign of youthfulness. Both youthfulness and high estrogen levels are components some men gravitate towards when looking for a partner.

Going further into the science and fertility perspective, Bustle claims that high cheekbones are directly linked to a sign of sexual maturity. As a woman's baby face thins out and matures over time, it is a sign that she is capable of reproducing. This explanation works as to why high cheekbones on men is an attractive trait as well. A man's cheekbones become a more dominant facial trait when their testosterone starts to surge around puberty.

Luckily for us all, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and we can still be incredibly beautiful without having skyscraper cheekbones. They are just one of a hundred plus features that make us attractive.