In some people, the weather-beaten skin and deep lines that crease their face betray obvious clues about the hard life they have led, but now scientists have discovered everyone’s facial features may betray their childhood.
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found it is possible to learn about a person’s childhood by looking at how symmetrical their face is.
Using 15 different facial features, they found that people with asymmetric faces tended to have more deprived childhoods and so harder upbringings than those with symmetrical faces.
Those fortunate enough to have symmetrical faces have probably already discovered that they attract the opposite sex. Now they are being told such fine features actually mean they are healthier.
For the perfectly proportioned face is also an indication that the body it sits atop is well prepared to fight off infection. The common cold, asthma and flu are all more likely to be combated efficiently by those whose left side matches their right.