Ancient Egyptians Used an Oil Known to Transform "an Old Man into a Young Man"
Fenugreek, a Mediterranean herb, is believed to be the sole ingredient of an ancient oil ritual that's, well, a lot of work.
Here's how it went down: Two sacks stuffed with fenugreek plants were required. These were then "broken up" and left in the sun to dry. After they dried, they were threshed, winnowed, and finally divided into two piles of seeds and pods. Equal amounts of these were combined and mixed with water and kneaded to form a "dough" which was then boiled in a pot of water. The water has to completely evaporate, and then the dough is cooled. It's then washed with river water until the water reveals no bitter taste. After drying in the sun (yes, AGAIN), the dough is ground on a millstone and steeped in water, forming a *soft * dough. (Are you still with us? You get a cookie.) Finally, the dough is placed in a pot and simmered over a fire until some oil begins to rise to the surface. That oil is then skimmed into a stone jar and rubbed all over your body to keep it lookin' GOOD and blemish-free. BOOM.
Romans and Greeks Used Crocodile Dung
In ancient times, Greeks and Romans mixed a special ingredient with mud to create a mask that would keep them looking youthful. The ingredient? Crocodile dung. In fact, full tubs were filled with the mixture to create a bath for spa-goers. We bet it smelled amazing.
A Famous Countess/Serial Killer Bathed in the Blood of Her Victims to Stay Young
In the 15th century, Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed of the Kingdom of Hungary apparently killed and mutilated hundreds of young women, and then bathed in their blood to retain her youth. Um...yeah. (FYI, blood as an anti-ager hasn't gone away. In fact, one MTV: True Life participant bathed in pig blood to keep from aging.)
Victorian Women Used Mercury to Remove Wrinkles
Victorian women used mercury to make their mugs look straight up beautiful and youthful, since it got rid of acne and hit wrinkles and scars. It did this because it was corroding the surface of the skin. Hah, science.
Nowadays, We Use Placentas, Leeches, and Even Our Own Blood
What is happening in this world? Hasn't the years taught us something?! Now it's all about J.Lo loving placenta facials, Demi Moore talking about how great leeches are, and Kim Kardashian espousing the benefits of vampire facial. How about we just stick with some natural oils and maybe a serum and call it a day? Please?
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