There is an endless list of beauty treatments that we can have done, from laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, peels, facials and many more. These treatments are becoming increasingly popular for all ages, genders and sexualities, all with one thing in common – these beauty goers all want to look and feel more beautiful.
With all of these treatments, it’s easy to think that we’re a society of people who are more obsessed by our appearance than ever before. However, this isn’t the case.
Throughout history, women have subjected themselves to a range of different beauty treatments, some of which have been lethal! We’ve pulled together the weird and the wonderful treatments that have been used throughout the ages, showing just what people will do for beauty!
1. Crocodile Excrement
If you’re looking for a more youthful and toned appearance, you may decide to get a luxury facial with natural ingredients which smell divine when applied to your skin. You could also have a microdermabrasion treatment or laser skin rejuvenation, however these were unheard of in ancient times. Instead, it was recorded that Greeks and Romans used crocodile excrement, which they used as an anti-ageing face mask and even bathed in. We’re not sure we’re keen!
Today, many of us try to get beautiful golden skin, with spray tans and lotions. However, this is only a recent trend and in the past, it was important to have pale skin. Elizabeth I inspired a generation to make their face’s whiter by using lead. This was often mixed with vinegar and rubbed on the face to smooth out the skin. Lead based cosmetics even became commercialised in the 18th century, despite their serious health problems including gradual poisoning which often led to an early death. Other crazy methods that were used to whiten their skin was to eat chalk and some people even allowed leeches to suck the blood out of their faces.
After the use of lead, arsenic became the next big trend. It was believed that using arsenic could give you a pale complexion. However, as we all know now, arsenic reduces your red blood cells which can also lead to death.
4. Portuguese Urine
Another strange treatment that was carried out by the Romans was using Portuguese urine as a mouthwash. It was believed that because it had ammonia in it, it would act as a disinfectant and would help to keep teeth clean. Fortunately today we have much better ways to whiten our teeth and keep our breaths minty fresh.
Despite the rather shocking methods that were used in the past, women today will happily resort to surgery to improve their appearance. This shows that throughout history, whether it’s to get rid of spots, have more toned skin, or something else, trying to look more beautiful has always been important.
We can also not criticise techniques from the past when we have many weird and wonderful treatments ourselves, from fish pedicures and now even a new bird poo facial, originating from Japan (alligator excrement facials don’t sound quite as crazy now!). This shows that although there is a lot to learn from history, history does have a funny way of repeating itself. However, science and technology is constantly improving, allowing us to introduce new and improved treatments. So, who knows what our great great grandchildren will think of our own beauty treatments when they look back in years to come!
At ProSkin, we have a number of safe and less drastic treatments, still with impressive results, including laser skin rejuvenation, injectables, dermarollers and luxury facials, with no weird ingredients in sight.
If you would like to find out more about beauty treatments at our skin clinic, please visit our website here: http://188.8.131.52. Or, if you would like to book a treatment with one of our highly trained therapists, please get in touch with ProSkin Clinics on 020 3757 8162.