The undying lust to have a smooth white skin is irresistible and desired greatly by all women. Everybody wants beautiful, smooth and unblemished skin, but to what extend do some women are willing to go to maintain a youthful complexion and reverse aging?
Documented as early as the 1st Century BC, Roman women make thick mask out of barley – being one of the main ingredients, and slather it all over their faces, overnight. To obtain beautiful, mesmerizing skin, they had to pay a certain price like us today. They used a very ancient night mask (tectorium), one of the firsts made and invented traditionally by the beautiful Poppaea Sabina, the Emperor Nero’s wife. Unlike us today, they would remove the mask on the next morning with some milk. They did some exfoliation by smearing the infamous olive oil then applying calcium carbonate or pumice stones. These mixtures are then rinsed either with water or scented oils (cedar, myrrh, pine, lily, saffron, quince, jara, violet or roses). Women in the reign of this aristocracy took milk baths inspired by the ancient beauty icon, Cleopatra. Blemishes, wrinkles, sunspots and even freckles were deeply hated by the Romans. They tried so many things to fill their hearts’ content like using swan fats, Arabic gum, and bean-meal to ease their limitless hunger for a beautiful, wrinkle- free skin.
For almost three decades, she ruled ancient Egypt as co-regent for her two younger brothers and then her son. Who is this woman you might ask? It is none other but the love interest of Julius Caesar; Cleopatra. Known widely for her co-regent and scandalous love affairs, and rumored to have ended her life by snake bite, this ancient goddess has a long list of beauty ritual, being the face of Egypt and all she needs to maintain her youth and beauty. Cleopatra’s long list of overall skin care, yeap, not only her face but her whole body routine includes; luxurious milk baths, sea salt scrubs, rose water toner, moisturizing aloe vera, overnight mask made of clay for tightening, and eye serum to keep the eye bright and healthy! Eye serum! It is amazing how today’s products are dated back to her days of reign. Compared to now and then, products are accessible by everyone and not only for the royals and the rich.
Known as the Virgin Queen of England and the last of her monarch, Queen Elizabeth the First is anything but ordinary. Elizabeth was quite the trend setter during her era, sort of like Lady Gaga in our era. Being just that, Elizabeth would have to take extra care for her skin condition and make sure to always looked polished and presentable to her court and her people. One trick that Elizabeth uses before applying makeup, she would slather egg white onto her bare face as a mask and let it sit until the egg white is dry and wipe it off with warm water with a muslin cloth. It is said to tighten and minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Elizabeth didn’t wear makeup until about 1562, when she was left with a lot of facial scars due to smallpox. To cover up the scars, she would paint her face white with lead and vinegar, which was known to be harmful to her skin and health. The lead mixture did help to cover her facial scaring but causes her skin to deteriorate. Thankfully in our time, we have a much safer substitute for lead in cosmetics, as well as products that can reduce appearance of facial scar, fine lines, wrinkles and other skin problem that may follow as we get older.
“Let them eat cake!” You must know this famous quote by the young queen of France during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette. Though some may say it was just a rumour that she might have said it, and not have said it, there is no concrete evidence to the event. Known for her lavish life, outrageous spending on clothes that she would only wear once, towering white wigs, expensive champagne and food. Other than that, Marie Antoinette is also well-known for her beautiful skin and rosy cheeks, and her signature face mask, which is still a beauty ritual to this day by French women. It is believed to sooth the skin, tighten pores and naturally exfoliate the skin, as well as repair skin tissue. Intriguing right? Why not give it a go! Here is the recipe!
Marie Antoinette’s Face Mask.
2 teaspoons cognac (or vodka, in a pinch)
1/3 cup milk powder
1 egg white juice of 1 lemon
- Blend the ingredients into a smooth paste or stir them together with a fork or wire whisk.
- Apply the mixture to your face and let it dry for about 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Finish with your favourite moisturizer.
- Go barefaced or apply your makeup as usual. For a flushed glow, dust a rosy-pink rouge on the apples of your cheeks.
Our final beauty is the late Princess Diana. According to her makeup artist Mary Greenwell, Princess Diana had immaculate skin, smooth and unblemished and she never has to pack on the foundation to cover any imperfections because there aren’t any. Mary Greenwell also stated that she would religiously cleanse, tone and moisturise her face and will always remove her makeup at the end of the day. Princess Diana’s skincare regime is as easy as 1-2-3 and it can be done easily by everyone! Be religious in your skin care ritual and invest in your skin, and you’ll spend less on makeup to cover up imperfection and be rewarded with beautiful skin.
Skincare products have come a long way from being highly toxic, to safe and organic. Unlike the unfortunate Queen Elizabeth’s lead and vinegar mixture that did more damage than good, or the bizarre ingredients from the Roman women days. Investing in your skin is far way easier too because in the olden days, only aristocrats, and the rich are able to have beautiful skin. Now, women from different background are able to achieve youthful and beautiful skin. Thankfully, skincare products like Youth by Shaklee can help us achieve a youthful and beautiful looking skin to stay younger, longer. Clinically developed and tested by world-class skin experts, Youth is the key to anti-aging. Screened for over 350 contaminants, and harmful chemicals, Youth is safe and will deliver you results!
Invest in your skin! Look younger, longer!
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