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.
How Beauty Procedures Looked In The 1930s-40s
‘Freezing’ freckles off with carbon dioxide was a popular treatment in the thirties.Patients’ 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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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
‘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
A 1940s beauty treatment at Helena Rubinstein’s salon.
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.
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.Image credits: London Media
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!