Human attraction isn’t always logical. I’m sure most of us have at least one former flame who now makes us cringe. Whilst some features are universally thought to be attractive like a Hollywood smile and a six-pack, there are others that are, well, totally bizarre.

Ever since I started dating, I’ve judged the suitability of potential partners based on their smell. I don’t know why, but if a man smells good, he’s instantly a lot more attractive, and scientists have now proven that men also like some bizarre features on women too. Weirdos of the world rejoice – your quirks could be exactly what makes you so endearing!

1. Sweat

Contrary to my preference for men who smell nice, there are some guys out there who are into sweaty women. According to scientists, this is because sweat reveals a lot about how we are feeling, and if you’ve got the “scent of happiness” from a good work out, it’s contagious! Personally, I’ll stick to showering after any pre-date gym sessions.

2. Infectious laughter

When a man isn’t afraid to laugh and have fun, even if that means bearing a toothy grin, he’s automatically a lot more attractive, and it turns out that men think the same thing about women. So if you’ve got a great laugh, use it to your advantage. Science has proven that infectious laughter makes people more attractive. If someone can make you laugh, you’re more likely to have a successful romantic relationship. Why not take a leaf out of Khaleesi’s book and throw in a cheeky wink too?!

3. Glasses

You might have been dubbed “four eyes” in school and been forced to wrestle with contact lenses as a result, but you could have been wasting your time. Science has revealed that men find women in glasses more attractive, although they’ve not specified why. So now you have the perfect excuse to forgo those uncomfortable contact lenses and wear glasses instead! Whilst these might sound like strange things to be attracted to, human attraction is just as baffling, and it’s not just age that can change who we are attracted to. Some women who take the birth control pill have reported to suddenly changing their type because of it.

4. Light tan lines

No one wants to look like Casper, unless, of course, that’s your sort of thing, but the vast majority of people want to have a healthy glow about their skin. However, it turns out that you shouldn’t get carried away with tanning, as it’s light tan lines that men are most attracted to. This is because they make parts of your skin look even more naked and therefore more attractive to touch.

5. Messy hair

All hail the messy bun! Men actually prefer women with messy hair, so there’s no need to spend hours in front of the mirror preening your locks. Scientists have revealed that men prefer it because it looks more natural and there’s no need to worry about messing it up if they hug you. Who’d have thought that your bird’s nest could actually help land you a mate?!

6. Makeup-free look

Men also prefer women who have a makeup-free look. Needless to say, this is because it looks more natural. If I’m honest, this makes total sense. No one wants to fall in love and discover that their beau is totally unrecognizable without their slap. The statistics are proof, with 40% of men saying that they prefer women with a makeup-free look. But human attraction doesn’t just influence romantic relationships, it influences platonic ones too. Horrifyingly, it’s been proven that neonatal nurses unknowingly give more love and attention to the babies they think are more attractive.

7. Tummy

We live in a world where fat shaming is more common than donuts. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. Women and men alike are left feeling bad about themselves when they realize that they’ve not got a perfectly flat stomach, but it’s been proven that men prefer women with a tummy. However, don’t get too carried away, it’s all to do with the hourglass figure. Women who are well proportioned are the most attractive. I think we can all see from these pictures why Marilyn Monroe’s still regarded as a sex symbol.

8. Stealing food

On the subject of weight, amazingly, guys actually like it when women steal food from their plates. So if you’re at a restaurant with your beau, and his dessert looks tastier than yours, don’t hold back and steal some! Science has proven that men prefer women with a good appetite, so there’s absolutely no need to order a salad and pretend that you’ve got the appetite of a small bird. Womenkind have been getting it wrong for such a long time and missing out on a lot of chocolate cake in the process. I’m glad that almost all of these features are easily obtainable for the average woman. It just goes to show that there’s no need to go on a quest for impossible to achieve perfection, sometimes it’s the simplest things that make you most attractive. But not every bizarre quality makes women attractive. This video below explains some of men’s biggest turn-ons and offs!