Before Skintastic: Beauty Trends Throughout History

beauty trends throughout history

At Skintastic, we use the most advanced procedures and technology to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. Skin care regimens have changed throughout the years, and some of the techniques of the past may surprise you! We would like to share some of our favorite beauty trends throughout history.

In the 1800s, French women had an interesting skin care regimen. Ladies who desired a better complexion need only find a lemon, fill it up with candy and then close it over with a leaf of gold. They would proceed to roast the lemon in hot ashes. Once hot, they would squeeze the lemon’s juice out of the pre-cut hole and then apply it to their faces. The juice was supposed to cleanse the skin and leave their complexion looking brighter.

Long used in Turkey is the goldfish pedicure. Hundreds of small fish nibble away at the dead skin of the feet. These fish are less like piranhas and more like your pet goldfish! The fish feed on dead skin while leaving the healthy new skin exposed. The result is soft and smooth skin.

Perhaps the beauty rituals of the Japanese geishas is more your style. Nightingale droppings used by early geishas and Kabuki actors to remove their thick make-up. Prior to applying, the droppings were dried in the sun. Nightingale droppings contain an enzyme called guanine which bleaches and heals the skin, which makes it such an effective facial ingredient. The treatment is thought to be so effective, that it is still used to this day in some high-end salons.

Ever wondered about anti-aging rituals? Surprisingly, the anti-aging routines and regimens of today are treading new territory as life expectancies improve. In ancient Egypt, very few people made it past 40 years old. However, they still placed a high importance on beauty and looking youthful. Because of the fiercely hot sun, wrinkles were common in Egyptians. Wrinkles were treated by applying a wax-based remedy of frankincense, moringa oil, ground cyprus grass and fermented plant juice to the skin.

What do you think of these beauty regimens? Would you try any of them?

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