Monday 13 February 2012

Guest Post - Ancient Beauty Techniques

I'm very excited to have a guest post on here for the first time, courtesy of Bella Franklin a fellow beauty blogger and writer for I may bang on about all the latest stuff and there's huge interest in the makeup from the 40's and 50's but how did they do it a really, really long time ago? Here's insight from Bella into Ancient Beauty techniques...

Laser hair removal can get rid of unwanted stubble and Botox can iron out wrinkles, but what did ancient civilisations do to look glamorous? Our ancestors were quite inventive when it came to sprucing up, so let’s take a look at their preening techniques.
Pumice stone hair removal
The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with looking good and went out of their way to be fashionable. They used abrasive hair removal techniques to get rid of unwanted body hair and were dedicated to staying clean. Both men and women used pumice stones and shells to scrub off unflattering fuzz and leave the body looking soft and smooth. Nowadays, we use similar techniques, but the process must be carried out carefully and slowly to avoid damaging the skin to be most effective.
Saffron eye shadow
Makeup has been around for centuries and was used widely throughout Ancient Egypt. Women would make eye shadow out of saffron and would dry red ochre to make lipstick. An eye cosmetic known as kohl was made by grinding galena (lead sulphide) and a range of other ingredients and was used as eyeliner and mascara. A number of historians believe this beauty product caused lead poisoning, but this fact is often disputed. Kohl is still around today though the lead sulphide is frequently replaced by charcoal.
Elaborate wigs
The Assyrians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all adored wigs and used them to improve their physical appearance. They were often made out of human hair or vegetable fibres and were decorated with henna. Many people would actually shave their heads and would rejoice in wearing different headpieces. Wigs were considered more hygienic by many and prevented an infestation of lice. They became extremely popular in England after the fall of the Roman Empire and were particularly renowned throughout the Elizabethan era. Wigs are still popular; however, hair transplant surgery can restore your natural hairline and prevent hair loss.
Henna nails
Egyptian civilisations found great pleasure in painting their hands and nails with henna. They would spend hours crafting special designs and became masters of nail art. Apparently, henna traces were upon the nails of mummifies Pharaohs who were believed to enjoy a royal makeover. Henna is still used throughout the world and has become a well-known form of expression. Elaborate designs are often painted onto future brides and intricate patterns are considered beautiful.
Many ancient beauty techniques are still around to day and have been passed down from our forefathers.

Bella Franklin has been beauty blogging since being on a student at university, 5 years later she now writes for a blog dedicated to both surgical and non surgical cosmetic procedures.

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