Does skin color give clues to health? That’s what two UK researchers are saying. They have “found” that skin color affects how healthy and attractive they appear, and that diet may be crucial to achieving the most desirable complexion. The study will be published in the December issue of Springer’s International Journal of Primatology.

“Most previous work on faces has focused on the shape of the face or the texture of the skin, but one of the most variable characteristics of the face is skin color,” said Dr. Ian Stephen from the University of Bristol.

Though the researchers’ findings sound interesting, I’m not sure how much stock I can put in their experiment – given its narrow scope. All 54 participants were Caucasian, and the faces they were asked to manipulate and rate were all Caucasian too.

To read more about this so-called study, click here.

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