They say that beauty is pain, and modern makeup lovers understand that. After all, is there anything worse than sticking yourself in the eye with your mascara wand, or accidentally burning your forehead with a curling iron?
Actually, yes, these historical beauty trends are way worse. Before scientific advancements and FDA approvals, ingredients like arsenic, lead, and Lysol were the norm in beauty products - which made for some literally killer makeup. Beauty hacks that could kill you included using radium for a brighter smile and even ingesting tapeworms to lose weight.
Forget, “Beauty is pain.” With these historical trends, beauty kills.
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Douching With LysolPhoto: Amara / Flickr
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Get Whiter Teeth Thanks To RadiumPhoto: clotho98 / Flickr
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Removing Scars With... A Buzz Saw?
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Arsenic Was Used To Get Rid Of Body Hair
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Lethal Lipstick Was The Norm In Ancient EgyptPhoto: sea turtle / Flickr
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Poison As A Cure For AcnePhoto: Dave WIlson / Flickr