Ancient history’s answer to Skin Care and beauty revealed

7 April 2015

Skin Care and beauty is constantly evolving, and we’re always hearing about the latest Anti-Ageing treatment. From vampire facials to cellulite cream, it seems as though there’s a solution for everything. Rewind a few thousand years though, and you’ll find that beauty and Skin Care was just as important to women then, as it is now.

Reportedly, famous Egyptian beauty Cleopatra was a huge fan of bathing in donkey milk, on account of its skin smoothing and Anti-Ageing properties. She wrote down her most precious beauty secrets in a book so as to share her tips with others. Mixing crocodile dung and donkey milk together created an Anti-Ageing face mask, while bathing afterwards in rose petals left her smelling sweet.

In Ancient Greece, a pale complexion was coveted by many. By combining olive oil and white lead, the goddesses achieved a whiter complexion, while vinegar helped to bleach their hair, lending it a blonde tone.

Problem skin and dry, cracked heels were no problem for women of ancient India, who used a mixture of urine and cow dung to address these issues.

Meanwhile, Empress Elisabeth of Austria created a whole new type of face cream, using spermaceti (wax found in sperm whales’ heads), almond oil and rosewater to achieve a youthful complexion.

Finally, Mary Queen of Scots was reportedly a fan of bathing in white wine in a bid for glowing, radiant skin.

So there you have it – the beauty secrets of ancient history. They make some of the stranger treatments of today seem rather normal, don’t they?

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