The quest for beauty has taken man (and womankind) to some pretty strange places. History is replete with examples of practices from all over the world that would make today’s treatments seem quaint in comparison. That is why today’s consumer should be thankful that our era possesses scientific knowledge that was not available to earlier generations. Still, we at Apothederm believe that in order to fully appreciate the various ingredients and treatments that are currently available to us, it is necessary to look back at some of the more bizarre beauty treatments that were once common.
- Urine: Pee anyone? In ancient Rome urine was a key component to facial masks. Moreover, men and women used it as part of their dental hygiene program. (Yuck!) Indeed, urine was a main ingredient in mouthwash due to its antiseptic qualities right up until the 18th
- Radium: A highly radioactive ingredient, radium was used in beauty products of the 1930s. It was thought to act as an emollient in a time when little was known about the deadly effects of radiation exposure.
- The Double-Chin Vanquisher: This was a device used in the 1800s that was strapped around the forehead, and underneath the chin. Pulleys allowed the wearer to lift the chin in order to eliminate sagging, etc.
- Red meat rub: In 17th century, British wart sufferers believed that by rubbing red meat against their warts and then burying that meat in the ground they could rid themselves of this annoying growth. It was believed that by the time the meat had rotted the wart would be gone.
- Puppies and wine: In early England it was thought that a cure for pimples could be made by the blood of puppies mixed with wine. (No kidding)
- Leech therapy: Leeches were use in Ancient Egypt to make the skin look younger and to help restore circulation.
Today, injecting the skin with Botox – a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum – may have even seemed to be extreme even to the people who used the above practices. Nonetheless, we should still be grateful to have ingredients that are not nearly as bizarre and treatments that are not nearly as cumbersome as those ofthe past. Items like our stretch mark products contain ingredients that are scientifically tested in ways that our ancestors could not have imagined. So ladies, the next time your husband criticizes your skin care regimen, point out some of these past practices.