Unique beauty tips of ancient people

From 10,000 years BC, the Egyptians knew how to moisturize the skin with 21 types of vegetable oils and remove hair with a mixture of sugar, lemon, and water.


Not only is one of humanity's most advanced civilizations, but Egypt is also the cradle of luxury and sacred items. The Egyptians were known for expensive jewelry and designers ahead of their time. They were very interested in fashion, beauty, expensive jewelry, hats, and fancy hairstyles. Sulfite and malachite stones were used as eyeshadow and eyeliner. Lips were dyed red or purple from seaweed and beetles.


From the year 10,000 BC, the Egyptians knew how to moisturize to protect the skin from the dry weather in the desert. Author Judith Illes, who has studied carefully about ancient Egypt, said they used at least 21 types of vegetable oils for beauty purposes. Both men and women regularly applied olive oil to their bodies.

Agarwood and frankincense were two important ingredients in perfume preparation, skin care, oral hygiene, and insect repellent. This was also a raw material for embalming. Additionally, Egyptians love cleanliness. For them, regular hair removal was very important. For hair removal, a viscous mixture of sugar, lemon, water was applied to the hair. This method is still popular today.


The Greeks were particularly interested in physical beauty. The word "cosmetics" came from the "kosmetikos" of the Greeks in the 17th century. They used white lead mixed with olive oil to whiten the skin. However, after many people died from lead poisoning, chalk powder was used instead.


Crushed mulberry, clay, red iron were lip dye materials. Dark-colored eyeshadow was preferred, made from a mixture of coal and oil. Crossed eyebrows were considered a beauty in ancient Greek culture. Greek eyebrows were very dense, often made from cow fur.

For the Greeks, olive trees had a very sacred value. Women used olive oil to protect their skin from environmental pollution. A mixture of honey and olive oil was used as a cleansing and brightening mask.


From about the beginning of the year 100, the Romans were very interested in the bathing ritual. Their bathrooms were luxurious, with decorated ceilings, and paintings. Men and women bathed in separate rooms. Contrast bath therapy was very popular. The Romans used a metal, curved one-headed tool called "strigil" to scrub, wash away dirt, sweat from the body before a steam bath and body massage. After bathing, they didn't forget to apply perfume. The perfume was very popular, prepared from a variety of herbs and flowers such as saffron, almond, laurel, rose, lily, magnolia, and jasmine.


Like the Greeks, the Romans used white lead, chalk powder, white clay to whiten the skin. Mulberry juice, alcohol residue, rose, red chalk, crocodile stool were used as a blusher. Other unique rituals included the use of barley flour and butter to soothe the skin. Nail color was made of animal fat and blood.


Indian women valued the balance, saying that good health and healthy spirits exuded physical beauty. They believed that what was not edible did not nourish the skin. Therefore, skincare products were mainly made of herbs and oils. Masks and skin creams were made from sesame oil, basil, turmeric, saffron, tamarind, sandalwood. The Indians also had the habit of gargling oil to clean their teeth and stimulate lymphatic vessels. They liked tattoos and jewelry rather than makeup.

By: Mithrine Smith

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