Why do masks make us more beautiful?

Why do masks make us more beautiful?

We had been wearing the mask for about a year and a half They are no longer mandatory, For many they have become just another complement. Studies like the one at the University of Pennsylvania have already begun to appear, claiming that wearing a nose and mouth mask makes us more attractive. But does this make sense? What is the explanation?

Carme Gillan, Vice President of the Clinical Psychology Division of the Psychology of Health and Psychotherapy in Catalonia, explained in an interview with RAC1 that this is a visual effect. Another person we don’t see.

When a part of the face is missing, we do not think about the missing parts, but we directly imagine what it should look like overall.



Carme GillanClinical Psychologist

“Here the vision and the brain work,” explains the psychiatrist.

We imagine the face as symmetrical as possible

A young man wearing a mask walks down the street.

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From the elements we see, such as eyes or hair, the complete picture of the face is created following two laws: the law of continuity and the law of equality. The first complements the face, taking each’s experience – as a reference to a person’s or familiar faces – and the second, seeks to make the face as symmetrical as possible: “We make part of the face lost from our own memory and symmetry”, he points out.

So, the doctor explains, each looks different according to their own memories, and in most cases, “If a person has blind eyes, we imagine that the rest of his face will be fat, and if you have slanted eyes we will finish it with more oriental features.

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We make up the lost part of the face from our own memory and symmetry



Carme GillanClinical Psychologist

This visual effect is not just for the mask, but when you meet someone from a videotape and then meet them in person it happens all over your body. “You only see part of the screen on the screen, and you create an image of its integrity: whether it’s tall, short, fat or slim,” Gillan explains. Often an image he adds does not match the original look.

Fear of removing the mask

In addition to the fear of catching a covid, the psychiatrist scientist assures us that there are now many people who do not want to go without a mask because they feel insecure. Gillan points out that this is more common in adolescents and young adults, and that it is a time when many physical complexes appear, and wearing a mask is “like a refuge”, especially at an age when it is “very important to be recognized.”


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Many of them want to hide problems like acne, explains the psychiatrist, although the mask warns that this part of the face will not sweat and it is more believable.

Portrait of a masked Latin American woman during a Kovid-19 pandemic

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On the contrary, the doctor says that the masks affect the language development of babies. Because, “we understand everything related to speech through our ears and eyes,” he explains, “language merges with the emotions of others,” because two factors that have not existed in recent months are contagious.

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