How do you define beauty? According to Confucius, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” During the old times, people have different standard for beauty. We have gathered some beauty rituals of women from ancient times and you might probably amaze by these rituals.
Ancient women believed that having whiter complexion is beautiful. Greeks and Romans used white leads and white chalk to make their face whiter while Japanese and Chinese used rice powder. Other powders ancient women applied on their faces to look whiter are made from arsenic and zinc oxides. As for cosmetics, they color their cheeks with mulberries, red ochre, red chalk, wine dregs, rose petals, red beet juice, and red dye.
To have red and full lips ancient women applied clay, red iron, red ochre, mulberries. Egyptian women was making a mixture out of seaweed, iodine, and carmine beetles to dye their lips red.
Egyptians used sulfites (kohl) and malachites as eyeliners. For eyebrows, they used burnt almond. Greeks used charcoal and oil as eyeshadows and hair of oxen to have thicker eyebrows.
Ancient Greeks used animal fat and blood to color their nails. Chinese used gum arabic, gelatin, beeswax, and egg.
Chinese, Japanese, and Indians dye their hair with Henna. In England and Rome, blond hair became a fashion. To make their hair blonde, English applied black sulphur, alum, and honey on their hair and they stayed under the sun.
Greek used crocodile dung as facial mask while Egyptians used rose water for antiaging. In Rome, they were into mud bath while Cleopatra is having a luxurious bath out of Dead Sea salt, almond oil, apple cider vinegar, milk, and honey. Olive oil was used for sun protection, avocado was for skin moisturizer, and barley flour and butter was for pimples and other skin irritation.