dear botox users,
In ancient China, the 4-inch "lotus foot" was considered a sign of perfect beauty. The practice of foot-binding, involved breaking the bones of the forefoot and folding them forward, then tying the misshapen appendage to prohibit growth.
For ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Persians, sparkling eyes were considered beautiful and they applied the heavy metal antimony to make their conjunctiva sparkle.
In the Elizabethan Era, women covered their skin with ceruse (lead-based) makeup, which caused peripheral neuropathy, gout, anemia, chronic renal failure, and disfiguring scarring.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the wealthy used belladonna eyedrops to dilate their pupils, they risked retinal damage, glaucoma, and blindness.
During the 18th century, vermilion rouge, concocted of sulphur and mercury, achieved popularity. Users lost teeth, suffered gingivitis, and (unknowingly) risked kidney and nervous system damage from mercury.
Corseting, popular from the 14th to 19th centuries, caused shallow breathing, combined with inadequate venous return, produced fainting and swooning as well as hiatal hernias.
all of the above sound completely ridiculous. i can't believe that these beauty tricks were thought up, much less actually practiced. i would love to think as logical and rational women, we are much more intelligent now, then we were in the 15th century, apparently not:
oh yeah, this is totally beautiful, not creepy at all.....
yeah, i am sure people always confuse her for 30 years old, i mean how could they not? by making her lips bigger, it makes her face younger, i know, i know, its a strange science.....
egads!! i mean, you are looking extra special this evening, the shine off your lips is quite stunning.
i guess we are no different from those of the past, always looking for the "new" thing for beauty, i just can't believe i will have to tell my future daughters that when i was growing up, women injected themselves with botulism all in the name of looking young.....
none for me thanks,
p.s the beauty facts are from an article "beauty and body modification" from medscape.com