Strange Beauty Treatments

Updated: May 16, 2018




Take a moment and think about all that you do everyday to enhance your natural beauty. Maybe you don’t do much but cleanse and moisturize the skin or maybe your routine is so detailed that you take hours to prepare and care for your skin on a consistent basis.Some common beauty tricks and hacks used today vary from simple tasks such as body scrubs, polishes, wraps and can increase all the way to tattooed eyebrows, Botox and even plastic surgery.

Today I want to show 10 Beauty Rituals that were done around the world. After reading this list be grateful the beauty industry is constantly evolving!


  1. In the 19th century Citrus Eye Drops were used to brighten the eyes. Imagine using drops of lemon or orange juice in each eye! Ouch. Just imagine burning bright eyes!

  2. In the past the Greeks favored light complexions, which they maintained using white lead. This was later replaced by chalk powder (around 1000 BCE) due to the many deaths caused by slow lead poisoning.

  3. Fish Pedicures. This is actually still being done today. I had one done in Mexico on vacation a couple years ago. You submerge your feet into a pedicure tub filled with micro mini fish that nibble and eat off the dead skin. It was strange but I’m glad that I tried it!

  4. Everyone wants a little hair removed from somewhere, right? Typically hair removal can be a painful process. In Ancient Babylon you would rub your skin with a rough pumice stone to remove unwanted hair. Could you just imagine?

  5. A lot of people want to be slim or at least slimmer. Did you know in the 1800’s people would swallow a live tapeworm to sit in their gut to eat their food thus helping them remain slim. I am all about looking and feeling good but eating a live tapeworm!

  6. Women have been getting breast plants for years. Today a typical breast implant is made of saline implants. In the 19th century, breast plants were available but were made of ivory, glass balls or ground rubber.

  7. Have you heard of bleaching treatments? In 1891, lemon juice, sugar and borax was mixed together and used on the face to remove freckles.

  8. In need of a makeup remover? In medieval Japan, Japanese Geisha used nightingale droppings to remove all trace of makeup.

Here are a few beauty rituals that might churn the stomach. You have been warned some are down right gross!

  1. In Ancient Rome, people would gargle with potent Portuguese urine to ensure fresh breath.

  2. In Ancient Greece and Rome, people would bath in crocodile feces and warmed mud. They would then soak for hours to get radiant youthful skin.

I don’t know about you but this makes me think long and hard what the women and men centuries before went through to look good!

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