Redheads or “Gingers” as some say, age better according to a study conducted by Erasmus University in Rotterdam who discovered the gene that keeps people looking young is the same as the one responsible for red hair and skin.
According to their findings, those who carry a variation of the MC1R gene responsible for red hair, look around two years younger than they actually are.
The research was first published in the journal Current Biology and serves to highlight one of the hidden benefits of being ginger.
As part of the study, front and side facial images of each of the 2,693 participants of the study were carefully analyzed by a 3dMD image assessment system.
The faces were examined and assessed using 25 different criteria that included pigmented spots, wrinkles, skin tone and face shape.
All of the information collected was then fed into an algorithm that helped calculate their "perceived age".
What they found was that those carrying the aforementioned "ginger gene" were frequently attributed with as being younger than they appeared to be.
It's not the first time the genetic benefits of ginger hair have been highlighted, either.