Even though they didn’t have smartphones and the internet really wasn’t a thing, people in ancient times did have some curious beauty tips they used! Ranging from weird, to creepy to borderline scary, here are 13 weirdest beauty hacks people used in ancient times!
Every bit of danger is a thrill, right?! Well, even beauty was a thrill back then, apparently! You see, ancient Roman women used to wear red lead as rouge and people from Egypt used kohl – which contained lead – as make-up for their eyes.
Yeah, people in ancient times used feces as a beauty hack! I suppose they didn’t have the internet to look up lists like this! Cleopatra, for example, used Crocodile feces as a nice beauty mask, while geishas were known for using nightingale feces in making their facials! Marvelous!
We know what we use it today for! But what did the ancient Babylonians used it for was not rough feet, but…unwanted hairs! Basically, what happened was you’d used a pumice stone and rub it on the unwanted hairs until they’d come off. It sounds more painful than wax, to be honest!
Ancient Egypt is renowned for its beauty hacks and tips. One of the most common was the one used for their hair. What they’d do is use a wig and stuff it with a gel perfume made out of animal fats. Since it was hot, the fats would eventually slowly melt and release the perfume in the air! Now that’s a sight at a party!
Ancient Greeks are now known for their invention of democracy, their impressive philosophers and historians and their wonderful cities! What they are not known for is their baldness cure, which consisted of animal fats, feces and menstrual blood! It was said to cure your bald head and make you vomit incessantly!
Women are supposed to have small, cute feet. I’m not sexist – it’s what the ancient Chinese thought! Which is why they’d have females as young as 4 to 7 years old break all their toes (except the big ones) and wear wooden shoes to stop their feet from growing!
While this one’s not as shocking, it’s certainly a bit weird – especially because what the ancient Chinese thought these rollers could do. They were famous for their use of Jade, so they believed that using this device on one’s skin would help their skin heal and would open up the meridians on the body, allowing Qi to flow better and the circulation to improve!
People today are worried about their weight – we’ve got diets, pills, exercise programs, special lifestyles and all that. But people in the ancient times liked to keep it simple! Which is why, to lose weight, they’d just eat a live tapeworm! The worm would eat away the food in their stomach and they’d be able to keep it slim and fit!
Herbs For Skin
The ancient Chinese, while sometimes using doubtful beauty methods, certainly were onto something with herbs. To keep the skin in a good condition, the would use three main herbs: Bei Qi – for improving the clarity of the skin; Huang Qi – which would revitalize the skin and tighten it and Goji Berries, which would help to defend the skin against aging!
Roman Nail Polish
Besides the awesome monuments and the marvelous history of the great Roman Empire, one should note that they also used sheep fat and the sheep’s blood as a nail polish!
Literally translated to “beautiful lady”, this plant was used in ancient time to make the pupils bigger, which in itself was a sign of attractiveness! In the end, what is blind if you are not attractive?!
Regulate Your Breath’s Smell
Roman society was sophisticated! The way you looked was as important, if not even more important, than what you did! That’s why they would use a mixture of power and baking soda to sweeten their breath!
Mung Beans Face Mask
This was used by the ancient Chinese, who recognized the healing powers of the Mung Beans over blemishes and acne. They used to make it into a paste and spread it over the face. If you don’t fancy doing the smashing of the Beans yourself, simply order some Mung Beans powder off of Amazong!
The Ancient times sure were weird! But some people surely took it to the extreme! Be it toxic or simply gross beauty hacks, people were really ready to do anything for a good luck!