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Facials throughout the ages – the Angels explain

Facials are generally considered a treat, but have become more and more common in recent years with the discovery of a multitude of health benefits.

Nowadays, women (and men let’s be real) routinely apply all kinds of creams, lotions and masks to their faces in the hope of maintaining their youthful appearance.

With some really out-there skin-care options on the market right now, including the 24k gold facial and the vampire facial, you might be fooled into thinking facials are a fairly recent trend.

But the truth is, people have been applying all kinds of substances to their faces for centuries with the desire of eternal youth!

They say to learn from your past, so our Angels took a look into the ancient history of beauty to find out more about these ancient practices.

Ancient Egypt

Egyptians were famous for their absurd beauty treatments, from using burnt almonds to fill in their brows to bathing in milk to keep their skin feeling supple, so it is no surprise that their facials were just as crazy.

It was believed that Cleopatra used the mud from the Dead Sea to treat her skin twice a week in order to remove any impurities from her face and body.

She would also apply egg whites onto her face before bed, washing it off with clean water in the morning.

Ancient China

Yang Gui Fei, considered one of the ‘four beauties of Ancient China’, was known for her lavish facial treatments.

It was believed that she would make her own facial masks from crushing pearls, white jade, ginseng and mixed lotus root starch into a thick paste and applying it onto her face.

This was said to help whiten the skin, which was extremely popular in Ancient China as it signified beauty, wealth and purity.

It also helped to remove spots and wrinkles.

Elizabethan Time

Just like in Ancient China, having pale skin was believed to be a sign of beauty, power and wealth.

As a result, many English women during the Elizabethan era, used to undertake whitening facials in order to achieve this.

There was very little science behind skin care at this time, so many women used a poisonous blend of white lead and vinegar in their beauty routine, a combination made famous by Queen Elizabeth herself.


The turn of the century saw an increased popularity in radiant, glowy skin and as a result, a number of different beauty treatments were created.

One of the most popular treatments was Madame Rowley’s ‘toilet mask’ which was an overnight beauty mask that was designed to beautify, bleach and preserve the complexion.

It was made out of a flexible rubber and was to be used while sleeping.

Even back in 1875, there was a strong desire for beautiful skin.

The invention of the face mask revolutionised the beauty industry which paved the way for many beauty inventions such as the modern sheet masks we know and love today.

With the advances in laser technology and medical science we are no longer putting our faces at risk the same way as our ancestors, however it’s pretty clear that we’re still just as enamoured by eternal youth as our ancestors were.

To keep your skin looking beautiful contact the angels at Angel Touch Beauty, in Oatley, Sydney [angeltouchbeauty.com.au].

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