Wanting to appear younger than one is isn’t a new concept. For hundreds of years, people have been trying to access the fountain of youth through their appearances. The techniques have changed considerably through the years, but the goal has remained the same. Keep reading to find out how people throughout time have worked to smooth their skin and wash away the signs of aging.
Many early societies utilized natural remedies and products to treat their fine lines and wrinkles. Sepcial blends of plants and herbs were most popular, and some of the treatments are still even used today!
In ancient Egypt, many people used specific leaves and plants to combat the signs of aging. Cleopatra is said to have bathed in sour milk to clear her body of dead skin cells. Others in the culture believed that exercise and a healthy diet would keep people looking young. Yoga was very popular among certain groups of people and is s still used today as a way to keep the mind and body healthy throughout life.
In China, herbs are the main source of anti-aging treatments. Fleece flower root, acanthopanax root bark, and ginseng are just a few. The potent combinations of herbs used by ancient Chinese people would have stimulated the skin and promoted healing.
Other ancient cultures seem to have used placenta to combat aging. Although taboo today, it has actually been proven that sheep placenta contains stem cells that help combat the aging process. The stem cells help to rebuild collagen stores and firm the face. The placenta also restores the skin’s natural elasticity and promotes cell healing.
THE MIDDLE AGES TO NOW
In the middle ages, people would bathe in wine because they believed it gave the skin a smooth, plump appearance. Many people would also focus on making themselves appear paler than they actually were since fair skin was a sign of status and beauty at the times. Ingredients that would bleach the skin were very popular, including buttermilk and lemon juice. Some people would even use what we call household bleach on their face to achieve that ghostly glow.
At the turn of the century, people were using lead based facial peels to remove freckles and smooth the skin. Obviously, this method was not used for long, since the dangers of lead poisoning far outweigh the benefits.
By the end of the 20th century, science was unveiling the first uses of laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing is a way to remove damaged cells while at the same time promoting new cell growth. In addition to laser treatments, fillers such as Botox and Juvederm are slightly more pricey ways to plump the skin and make the patient look younger. These treatments fill fine lines and wrinkles and last longer than homemade treatments or drugstore alternative.