A large majority of us women will do pretty much anything in the name of beauty… why not give it a go right… But how far would you really go? Throughout the ages due to not having the amazing products we luckily have access to nowadays, lengthy measures were taken in order to create the look they desired, often deadly measures.
- If we come across unwanted facial hair/ bodily hair these days, we simply take a trip to the salon and walah! It is swiftly exiled from our bodies until the next reoccurrence, however in ancient Babylonia unwanted hair would be sanded away using a rough pumice stone.
- Venetian ladies created blonde highlight in the hair by pouring lion urine on their lovely locks before venturing out into the sunshine, which then bleached the hair naturally.
- In the past Italian women would apply deadly nightshade in order to enhance their eyes. This being a poison dilates the pupils making the eyes look extremely large and adding a glow. Little were they aware that this was incredibly bad for them.
- Women from the Middle East would grind up lead, (lead causes metal poisoning) they would then apply the substance to the eyebrows, lashes and the eyelids.
- Queen Elizabeth, one of our very own Queen’s applied the insides of squashed up bugs to their lips in order to create the lovely red shade of colour she was often seen wearing.
- In the Edwardian times throughout England women would swallow a tapeworm in order to maintain a trim frame. The most unappealing parasite would digest a large quantity of the food consumed. Little were these ladies aware that they’re health was being slowly but surely arbitrated.
- Images of Cleopatra have always portrayed her as a beautiful lady, so how did she achieve this in an age in which beauty products were scarce? Cleopatra used a concoction of crocodile faeces and donkey milk mixed into a paste, she used this as a face mask, surprisingly leaving her looking flawless under the Egyptian sun.
- English women in the 19th century used to consume arsenic as this gave the skin a very different ‘glow’, whilst shortening their life span throughout the process.
- The ancient Egyptians created eyeliner out of lead sulphide and galena. Saffron (Yes the spice) was used as an eye shadow, in order to darken the eyebrows they would use burned almonds. In creating a lip colour red ochre was used.
- In the 17th century women went to extremes in order to achieve what was deemed as beautiful. Back then one method of achieving ‘beauty’ was to take leeches (Yes those slimy, wriggly blood sucking creatures) were attached to the ears in order to drain blood form the face. In this era we have endless beauty techniques in which cause absolutely no bodily harm in order to transform ourselves, however back then they weren’t so lucky, women mixed hydroxide, carbonate and lead oxide together which they then used as a powder for the face and the upper areas of the torso, this often had catastrophic results.
Doesn’t this make you thankful for today’s progression within the beauty industry? I for one am extremely relieved that these techniques are now a thing of the past.