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- 11 June, 2021
Beauty rituals witch are rooted in world history!!!
The history of cosmetics spans thousands of years of human history and is found in all parts of the world and in every society. In the beginning, natural materials were used - coal, plants and precious metals. Of course, over time, everything changes. Not only the composition of cosmetics, but also usage habits and fashion trends! Archaeological discoveries give us an insight into what cosmetic techniques were used in ancient times!
One of the oldest remedies on Earth used to prevent various ailments was herbal treatment. The oldest document that proves this is the Abbas papyrus, which dates back to the 16th century before our era. It describes several hundred prescriptions for cosmetics and medicines. Including a recipe for making anti-wrinkle cream (based on sheep fat, pine cone seeds, sesame seed oil, goat's milk and beeswax). This shows that in ancient times man was aware of the greatness of nature and its gifts.
Pomegranate was one of the fruits of Israel in its richness, symbolizing love and fertility. From its juice, seeds and bark were made a product that was used to nourish the skin. It was also used to blush the face. Lavender and cinnamon leaves were used to treat skin diseases, which were also used to treat various infections. Most of these plants are still widely used today in the production of cosmetics. Also not to be missed is the mineral-rich and world-famous Dead Sea salt and black mud, which are used in many skin care procedures in ancient times and now.
The ancient Egyptians had a wide range of cosmetics and accessories. One of them was charcoal, which was used to mark the eyes. This carbon was made from lead, copper, roasted almonds, soot and other ingredients. Ancient civilizations believed that marking the eyes (for both women and men) repelled evil spirits and improved vision. There were also hair and body care rituals, in which coconut oil, almond oil, vegetable flowers, essential oils, bee products, as well as the famous Cleopatra's milk and salt baths were widely used.
Earlier than 2000 BC. in what is now Iraq, ladies used perfumes and used colored pigments to highlight their eyes and lips. They were made of minerals, and the ladies kept the make-up in shells.
Ancient Greek women, on the other hand, used white powder to lighten their skin, while their cheeks were tinted with blush. Greek and Roman women stood out with their beautiful and intricate hairstyles, and often dyed their hair or wigs. We have learned from ancient Roman women to get rid of excess hair on the body. The Romans used razors, tweezers and even special creams for this purpose. The extensive use of olive oil in hair and skin care is also borrowed from here.
In ancient China, gold powder in cosmetics was a means of smoothing facial wrinkles and softening the skin; gold was also used in acupuncture. Gold dust stimulates and improves skin tone, promotes skin elasticity, long-term moisturizing, prevents premature aging and gives the skin vitality, thus preserving youth. In addition, cosmetics with gold can also delight the eyes, because the pigments added to it give the skin a wonderful look - a light glow, just like a golden glow. Combined with valuable essential oils, this radiance also acquires a charming aroma. True, as in Egypt, in ancient China, such beauty techniques were a royal pleasure.
Although lipstick, or lipstick, got its name only in 1880, people painted their lips in ancient civilizations, and this was a common indicator of social status for both women and men. The civilizations of the Ancient Divupe are most often mentioned first. Sumerians used fruits, henna, clay and insects to make lipstick, but later also turned to finer natural resources with greater brilliance - crushed precious and semi-precious stones. As in Western cultures, in the Far East, lipstick was used to emphasize social status and attract the opposite sex. In China, the first lipsticks were made from beeswax 1000 years ago, they were designed to protect the lips and create the desired shape. In Japan, on the other hand, the redness of safflower flowers showed a slight degree of sophistication. This material cost as much as the amount of gold. In the 17th century, lips were also painted in Europe, following the example of kings and actors, both men and women.
In the Middle Ages, hair curling began - women did it with heated tongs. With plant dyes, they made the face pinker, as well as painted nails and began to tear eyebrows. In the 16th century, people began to pay even more attention to their appearance. In addition to all the benefits of previous years, women and men began to use manicure accessories. White skin became a symbol of high status and wealth, as the workers had tanned in outdoor work. So white powder was used a lot to try to give the impression of being aristocratic.