Beauty treatmens from the past

Beauty Requirs Sacrifice-Weird and Unusual Beauty Tips from History

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Today, to keep the skin glowing women simply need some cream or, in the worst case, a face mask cream and some cucumbers. Back then you had to suffer to look good. Women wore all manner of strange  masks prepared from crushed bugs to human urine  in an attempt to perfect their skin.

This is a list of some of the most weird beauty tips and treatments from history.

weird and unusual beauty tips from the past

How Beauty Procedures Looked In The 1930s-40s

‘Freezing’ freckles off with carbon dioxide was a popular treatment in the thirties.weird beauty treatmens from the past 3Patients’ eyes were covered with airtight plugs, their nostrils were filled in for protection, and they had to breathe through a tube.

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A chorus of large blow-driers attends to a customer in the 1920s.Beauty treatmens from the past 6

A permanent hair procedure (presumably hair waving) being performed in Germany in 1929.weird beauty treatmens from the past 2

This device from 1930, invented by Max Factor, helps correct the application of make-up.weird beauty treatmens from the past 4

This terrifying mask from the 1940s could be plugged in to heat the face and head in an attempt to stimulate circulation and make the skin look fresh

weird beauty treatmens from the past 6Image credits: Courtesy Everett collection

‘Slenderising salons’ in the forties devised all sorts of weight-loss treatments, one of which was massage chairs like these, which massaged clients’ legs with metal rollers

Beauty treatmens from the past 4Image credits: Alfred Eisenstaedt /Time & Life pictures /Getty Images

A 1940s beauty treatment at Helena Rubinstein’s salon.

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Before the invention of sun-screen in the mid 1940s, bathers wore garments like this Freckleproof Cape to protect themselves from the sun. The cape also features built-in sunglasses.

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Pre-war women would spend hours with their hair bundled up into creepy heating machines like these to achieve a fashionable curled look.Beauty treatmens from the pastimage credits: courtesy Everett collection

A fruit mask from the 1930s.Beauty treatmens from the past 5

This ‘Glamour Bonnet’ from the forties promised to give users a rosy complexion by lowering atmospheric pressure around their head to simulate alpine conditions.weird beauty treatmens from the past 8Image credits: London Media

This Thirties suction machine consisted of tiny glass nozzles, a rubber hose and  a vacuum pump. It promised smooth, spot-free skin.weird beauty treatmens from the past 5Image credits: London Media

These two 1920s women are getting rid of wrinkles and imperfections by wearing rubber “beauty masks”.weird beauty treatmens from the past

The ‘Hangover Heaven’ face pack, also invented by Max Factor, featured plastic cubes that could be filled with water and frozen. The mask was popular with party-going Hollywood stars in the forties.weird beauty treatmens from the past 7Image credits: London Media

via: boredpanda

I am so glad I leave in the 21th century and thanks to modern and aesthetic medicine I will never have to try some of these treatments!

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  • inavukic December 30, 2013

    Some techniques here look more like torture than sacrifice 😀

    • mocochoco December 30, 2013

      like the tightening of corsets that caused deformation of womens’ bodies!!

  • marianatroncea December 31, 2013

    Vă urăm din tot sufletul un an nou fericit ,multă sănătate , împlinirea tuturor dorinţelor şi succes !
    La mulţi ani!

    • mocochoco December 31, 2013

      Thank you! Wish you a very happy new year!

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