Okay lovely ladies, listen up! If you are looking to boost your umph factor without going under the knife or needle and without spending a bundle this one's for you.
Emerging research now suggests that there may be several simple things you can do to naturally enhance your sex appeal, helping you to attract that certain someone special you may have had your eye on.
Heating things up
While black is generally considered a slimming colour, did you know that wearing red may, in fact, help you to appear more sexually desirable to the opposite sex?
This is what University of Rochester researchers found in 2008, where a group of men were asked to review a set of photographs of women, where colour of clothing was one of the main points of variance. Results indicated that males are more sexually attracted to females when they are wearing red and are likely to spend more generously on a date who is wearing this "amorous" colour as well!
Some believe that the aphrodisiacal effect of red is cultural, and that males subconsciously associate the colour with red roses on Valentine's Day, romance and sex. However, if dressing in this smoking-hot hue is not for you, fear not. Try a coat of red lippie on your next night out. Tip: When choosing a shade of red lipstick, it is best to take into consideration your underlying skin tone. If you are not sure which shade is right for you, ask for advice at the make-up counter.
Giving him' the eye'
Research at the University of Aberdeen has confirmed what many have believed for eons: giving him "the eye" may work like magic when hoping to attract a member of the opposite sex.
In the UK study, participants were asked to rate the attractiveness of a series of faces in photographs that were either making eye contact or not, and smiling or not. Results showed that that there was an overwhelming sexual preference for those faces that were smiling and making good eye contact.
This highlights the importance of using these social cues in boosting sex appeal, as it suggests that men may be drawn to women when they feel that their interest is likely to be reciprocated. Read: flirting with a smile is in. Playing too hard to get is out.
It's all in the timing
When organising your social calendar for the next month, here's a piece of information you should bear in mind: You may be more likely to attract your man around the time you ovulate each month. Researchers at the University of Vienna have found that when women ovulate (on day 14 if you have a 28-day cycle), they secrete pheromones, or chemical substances, called copulins. Unbeknown to men, these copulins provide an undetectable scent that causes a corresponding rise in male testosterone levels, leading to a possible increase in sexual attraction and arousal.
The sound of sexy
You may use your "telephone voice" at work to sound more professional, but did you know that the pitch of your voice may also play a role in the dating game? A study performed at the State University of New York has found that there is a strong male penchant for women with higher pitched voices.
Interestingly, a female's voice pitch tends to be highest during the time of ovulation each month when oestrogen levels are elevated and she is most fertile. In addition, some men are particularly attracted to females with a breathy voice. Breathiness comes from air whistling through a gap in the vocal cords. Next time you practise this one, think: Marilyn Monroe.