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100,000 Years of Weird Beauty Rituals

by Suzanne Murray on December 29, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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People have been trying to be more beautiful for a very long time—in all kinds of weird ways. For example, did you know ...

1. In the 3rd to 5th centuries in Japan, teeth were lacquered black to distinguish girls from married women. Black?

2. In the Middle Ages, women mixed up concoctions to remove all their facial hair—including eyebrows and eyelashes.

3. The ancient Egyptians used moisturizers and ointments that lightened the skin.

You can find this and other interesting historical beauty facts and information in the new book 100000 Years of Beauty.

The book, written by Elizabeth Azoulay and commissioned by L'Oreal, consists of five volumes and explores the human quest for beauty over the years (a lot of them). With research from more than 300 historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and professors, it's more of a scholarly read than a beauty book, but it sure sounds interesting. The price tag will keep me from buying it: $295 at Amazon.

Who knows? Maybe it will be available at the library.

What's the weirdest beauty ritual you've ever heard of?

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  • momof...


    December 29, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    The wierdest I have heard of what the wrapping of the toes & feet to make them smaller. Ouch!

  • Peajewel


    December 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    First morning urine on your face.  I had a book that said it was supposed to be great for your complexion.  I just took the book's word for it and never tried it!  YIKES!

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