Ancient Beauty Tricks that still work today

The ancients had some weird beauty rituals (leeches and crocodile dung were used often), but they had a lot of great ideas as well. 

In fact, some of the ideas can still be used today. 

After a little research, here are six ancient beauty secrets that can still be used today.

Eggs: The earliest recorded skin care recipe dates back to 600 B.C.

Egg whites were applied to the face and neck to tighten the skin, providing an 
instant temporary face lift.

The protein in the egg also hydrates the skin.

Anti-aging gloves: Marie Antoinette knew that the hands were the first to show signs of aging way before science told us.

She was known to wear gloves every night that were lined with wax, rose water and sweet almond oil to soften her hands.

The original cold cream:  The original cold cream was invented in the 2nd century (the 100s!) by Galen, and it contained the special mix of ingredients that makes it work as well as it does.

The original cold cream contained a mix of grease and water so that both organic (dead skin cells) and inorganic material (makeup particles) would be dissolved and removed from the skin while cleansing and softening it. Rose water was added for scent, and the first Cosmeceutical was created.

Cold cream cleanses, removes makeup and softens skin all at the same time, and it’s still used today!

Milk and honey: Cleopatra is one of our favorite legendary beauties, and was known for her flawless skin.

History tells us that she often bathed in milk, honey and olive oil.

All three of these ingredients are still commonly found in facial treatments in some of the finest spas.

Next time you need a body treatment, look no further than your pantry!

Rose water: Rose water dates back to ancient Egypt and like today it speaks of romance and luxury.   

Rose water prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores.

It was also used as a cleanser because it can easily remove dirt, oil and other pollutants from the skin.

Avocado: Avocado was used centuries ago by Aztec civilizations as a skin moisturizer.

Avocado oil will help to balance the skin by reducing pore size to produce healthy looking skin.

The oil is easily absorbed by human skin and it will not clog pores.

Some of the stranger rituals we don’t use today (thank goodness):

Crocodile dung: The Ancient Greeks were all about using crocodile dung in their facials and body treatments.  

It was also used as the contraceptive of choice.

Dried dung was inserted into the vagina, the idea being that it would soften as it reached body temperature to form an impenetrable barrier.

White out: Elizabeth I had small pox early in life, and went on to use thick white makeup to cover up her scars.

During this era of the Tudor dynasty, her pale skin was quite en vogue, and became a sign of being regal and well-to-do.

To achieve this look, women would attach leeches to their ears to drain blood from their face!

I’m certainly not about to stick a leech on my face, but it is rumored that quite a few celebrities get a “Leech Face-lift” once in a while.

What is the strangest beauty ritual you have heard?

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Jennifer Linklater
"Beauty is more beautiful when it is on the inside"