Confirmed: Attractive women tend to be less stressed, more fertile

A study of Latvian women found links between facial attractiveness and their amount of cortisol and fat, but not responsiveness to infection.

Sometimes described as our ‘life-sustaining hormone’, cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands and is responsible for metabolism, energy levels, blood pressure and combating illness.

It is especially important at times when the body experiences intense stress such as surgery, trauma or serious infection.