There hasn’t been a single time in history when women didn’t use to adorn themselves. The proof is in the form of this list of top 10 ancient beauty hacks that will make you cringe. Even though the beauty standards have evolved over centuries, there always was a desire to look and feel beautiful. You know why it would make you cringe? Because these beauty hacks are so bizarre you’d wish to stay in your own skin forever.
You might find it disturbing,
to know about the lengths women in old times used to go to enhance their physical beauty. There were no bounds per se, which would stop the beauty industry from feeding on self esteem of vulnerable women. Come to think of it, it was the desperation of people in old era which let to the creation of messed up media and unattainable beauty standards that we see today. The idea of beauty coming in all shapes and sizes, colors and forms was never acknowledged nor accepted. Let us walk through history by looking at the following ancient beauty hacks.
10. Red Bug Pout
We will start our top 10 ancient beauty hacks with something that never goes out of fashion. The holy red pout! Just like red lips are trending today, women throughout history have had an obsession with the color Red as well. In Egypt, they were considered a sign of beauty and high class.
But how did they do it? When there weren’t any cosmetic manufacturing industries? What would you do if you were faced with such a dilemma? Simple, just crush up some beetles, mix it up with clay and there you go! Your very own organic and homemade red tint for lips and cheeks is ready. Not sure what they used to do if they wanted to put pink or plum lip color on. On a change of context: Do we have bugs with different colors of blood? I believe this topic requires some research as well. Stay tuned for 10 different colors of blood found in insects. As for the bug lip tint… Gross, yeah. But for what it’s worth, I’m sure Bear Grylls would approve of it.
9. Wigs. Wigs Everywhere
Long hair are been closely connected to being feminine and beautiful. For centuries people have relied on wigs and hair extensions to have the kind of hair they long for. FYI: In Egypt, only women from high class were supposed to keep long hair, slaves were supposed to cut their hair very short to stay differentiated.
Today people use all sorts of products, like gels, sprays etc to style their hair. But in past, women didn’t have the luxury to style their hair. Neither they had the nutrition to grown exceptionally big hair, so they used wigs. Next on our top 10 old fashioned beauty hacks is Lard Hair! These wigs were constructed out of wooden frames. Hair was wrapped all around it and pasted with lard and grease. Here’s something they should have watch out for: The mixture was very tempting for the rats and wigs often got infested with them. (made you cringe, didn’t it?)
8. Toilet Masks OR Face Gloves
Now this is very interesting and worthy of being in our list of ancient beauty tips for women!
Rubber beauty masks were used in early 1920s. These rubber masks were also referred to as the ‘beauty masks or toilet masks or face gloves). Their purpose was to iron out the kinks in the skin. So, women above 30 would regularly wear them to have a smooth and soft skin. In my limited knowledge, I believe Botox took its inspiration from these masks. Or maybe the face glove is actually an ancestor to Botox, we will never know the mystery. And no, we are talking about the masks that you put on your face and wash off after a while, just look at the image above…sheesh. There might still be remnants if this mask somewhere in some museum as a relic of early 20th century.
7. Worm Diet For A Perfect Figure
Since we are talking about beauty secrets, we can’t possibly ignore British beauty from the Era of Queen Elizabeth. While they used to follow some pretty bizarre rituals like other ancient goddesses as well, there is one worthy of mention. Did you know that Women from that era used to swallow tapeworms as a hack to maintain small waists? The worms would digest their food and keep them from gaining weight. I bet all of us want to maintain a good figure but not at this cost, at least. But I still wonder, would anyone still want to give any of these old fashioned beauty tips and tricks a shot? I bet even a primal man would refrain from such acts of absurdity.
6. Poop Facial Beauty Hacks
Next on our list of primeval beauty hacks, it’s time for you to cringe a little. Before any of you starts getting grossed out, let me just tell you that we are talking about Bird poop. And not just any bird, it used to be a nightingale’s poop. For Japanese women, this Bird poop facial has been around as a perfect beauty treatment. Nightingale excretes guanine, a chemical which is has magical cleansing and rejuvenating properties. No one exactly knows when was it discovered for this use, but it has been around for a long time. Especially among the Japanese kabuki performers and Geishas. Just so you know, this facial is not obsolete yet.