The frightening story of cosmetics
Beauty "claimed victims" throughout the history of mankind, with sometimes pain and suffering is not limited, and the case ended with the death of beauty.
As early as 10,000 BC. e. People use cosmetics that contain all kinds of toxins, including lead, mercury and arsenic. A ban on this kind of cosmetics in some countries have begun to enter the middle of the 20th century. Let's find out what kind of horrible ways people use to become more beautiful:
Grease for special occasions (oils and balms for holidays)
Cosmetics was in great high esteem even by the ancient Egyptians, for 10 thousand years BC. e. Both men and women applied to the face make-up, using the ancient versions of blush, lipstick and eye liner. Makeup was used not only for aesthetic purposes; oils and creams help protect the skin from the scorching sun and wind. During feasts each guest's servants was applied to the head hill flavored fat that melted and flowed across the face, providing a cooling effect.
Antimony, popular in ancient times, cosmetic material, often used in Egyptian and Indian cultures that emphasize the eyes and eyebrows. This mixture was made of soot, lead, and little fat. Due to the sensitivity of the skin around the eyes, these ingredients are quickly absorbed into the body, which over time could lead to irritability, insomnia and mental decline.
The black teeth and white faces
A traditional Japanese geisha makeup is known since the 18th century. But long before that, since the eighth century, in Japan, set a standard of beauty that involve whitening face.
In addition, there is also a tradition ohaguro, following which, the aristocrats (mostly married women) blackened their teeth. The dye used for coloring of teeth, prolonged use could become toxic. White Face usually made from rice flour, but sometimes there is added chicken manure to achieve more of a lighter tone.
White lead for persons
In ancient Greece was considered beautiful pale face and a woman, to achieve this effect, covered their faces with white lead. White corrosive to the skin, but women used them again and again, to hide the spots appeared. White lead can also cause infertility and insanity. Romans eventually adopted this custom beauty, but added in the red of white lead, to get the effect of pink glitter.
The mask of youth
Make-up of lead paint found new popularity in the 16th century. Queen Elizabeth I became famous for his "Mask of Youth" - extremely white complexion. Some women even applied to the egg white on the skin to give your skin the desired whiteness. White skin has been a symbol of the upper classes, as people from the lower strata of society because of the work of the open-air complexion was a dark complexion.
This fashion was prevalent in the 18th century. The women of those times, for example, the French queen Marie Antoinette, were known for unusually high hair, for the formation of which is often used wooden and wire devices. Also, women often use oil to keep the shape of hair and a long time did not wash his head. Some women were forced to wear for a night on the head of the cell in order to protect their hair from rats, attracted by the smell of bacon.
look old or die young? This choice was standing in front of women exists when using anti-aging whitening cream "Flowering Youth" from Laird. The cream, which was sold as a "delightful friendly product for skin care" actually contain lead acetate and carbonate. In 1869, the American Medical Association has even published a study on the side effect of cream. There were marked symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, nausea, headaches, muscle atrophy, and even paralysis. Alternative "blossoming youth" was not much better - tablets containing arsenic.
The killer eyelashes
Some of the women at the beginning of the 20th century used the volume mascara. Others enjoyed LashLure, deadly paint for eyebrows and eyelashes. The main ingredient was LashLure toxic coal tar. This cosmetic product has caused at least 16 cases of blindness and one death, before in 1940 the Office for sanitary inspection by the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw it from the shelves.
Mercury ointment of freckles
At the beginning of the 20th century fashionista freckles declared war, for which the cosmetics industry has proposed a new "magic way".
Researchers believe that this packaging ointments of freckles Dr. Berry belongs to the famous pilot Amelia Iarhat. This kind of products contain 10 percent mercury and 15. Only in the 40th years of the last century, the Office for sanitary inspection by the Food and Drug Administration restricted the mercury content in preparations of up to 5% and completely banned its use only in the 70s.