Unusual Skincare Practices From The Past

Beauty may be eternal, but how people perceive it has changed with time. What is considered pretty today might have been seen as odd a century ago, and vice versa.

While some standards of beauty have endured virtually unchanged since the time of Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire and Classical Greece, others have shifted dramatically. Let us see some of the most unexpected skincare trends from the past:

Pale Skin

Until relatively recently, tanned skin was considered an undesirable trait among European women, as it indicated a woman who worked outdoors. The trend was all for pale, almost porcelain-white skin. To that end, women of the 18th century applied a type of toner made out of wine and strawberries to keep their complexions as pale as possible.

Beauty Patches

If you think modern tattoos are radical, think again. Women in the 17th century drew all kinds of shapes on their skin, including stars, moons, hearts, horses and more.

Dangerous Chemicals

Renaissance makeup was known to be extremely toxic, yet many women knowingly applied dangerous substances like ceruse to achieve unusually glossy and pale complexions.

Fruit Juice

At the other side of the spectrum, some old cosmetics were 100% natural and safe. Women in the 19th century used red beet juice to redden their cheeks.

Today, we know fully well that natural cosmetics are the way to go, and there really is no excuse not to go all-natural when it comes to cosmetics.