From applying bird poop and crocodile dung (yuck!)to the face for an amazing glow to strategically placing leeches onto the face to pull out toxins and purify the blood, some ancient beauty practices were downright disgusting and scary.
Fortunately, not all beauty tips from the past are gross, disgusting or scary; some of them are so miraculous that they work just as well even today, decades and centuries later. Read on to find out what are those ancient beauty secrets and practices that are effective even today.
Zhang Lihua of the Chen Dynasty from ancient China was popularly known to extensively use eggs in her beauty routine. She used to apply egg whites to her face and neck and left it to completely dry before rinsing it out. This simple, no-frills egg white face mask helps tighten the skin and provides the illusion of a temporary facelift. Additionally, the protein in the eggs intensely hydrates, nourishes and conditions the skin leaving it soft and supple.
Milk and honey
Cleopatra, our legendary beauty guru shared some awesome skincare tips that work really well even today. Very well known for her beauty as well as flawless skin, she used to bathe in a luxurious mixture of milk, honey and olive oil. These three ingredients are still the most common ingredients used in a lot of DIY face masks to get flawless and glowing skin. How cool is that?
Rosewater has to be the single most commonly found ingredient in skincare products even today. But the people of ancient Egypt first started using this brilliant product in their beauty routines and popularised to the rest of the world. From a cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil, sweat and other impurities from the skin to a pore-tightening, anti-ageing remedy, rose water is one of the best ancient skincare secrets that is just as valid even today.
Hands are the first place on the body that show visible signs of ageing and Marie Antoinette caught on with this fact fast enough. Therefore, each night before going to bed, she was known to wear gloves that were lined with wax, rose water, sweet almond oil. These gloves would thoroughly nourish and rejuvenate her hands, leaving them soft, supple and youthful-looking.
It may seem like avocados have gained a lot of popularity in the last few years, thanks to their innumerable beauty and health benefits, but that is not the case. Avocados have been a major beauty staple with the Aztecs. They used avocados in a lot of their facials to give the skin a beautiful glow, reduce sebum production and overall hydrate and nourish the skin.