5/ Arsenic diet, Europe
Arsenic is a terrible poison. However did you know that its was also used as a beauty tip in the Renaissance period? During this period it was fashionable to have a clear forehead. Women removed hairs from their face using orpiment made from yellow arsenic. In the 19th century arsenic was taken in capsules which promised women “a fresh complexion, bright eyes and a sexy plumpness.” Unfortunately whether it is taken in capsules or not arsenic still is a poison. Women who took this beauty remedy suffered from diarrhea, sickness, muscle cramps, stomach pains, convulsions and hair loss. Suffering to be beautiful… No thanks!
6/ Lard Wigs
In the eighteenth century, fashion included corsets, big skirts, white faces and an oversize hairpiece. Women often wiped their wigs with lard, a white substance made from pork fat, so that their hats could stay in place. However this only attracted lice and rats, and women were forced to lock their hairpieces in cages… Personal hygiene doesn’t sound as good as it is today in those days…