25 Unimaginable Things Women Did In The Past Just For The Sake Of ‘Beauty’

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People do some strange stuff in order to look young and beautiful. This has been the case for years. However, the further back in history you go — the weirder the the beauty practices seem to be.

Here are some of the craziest, weirdest and down right strangest things that woman have done over the years, all for the sake of ‘beauty’.

1. Painting lines on the back of a woman’s legs to give the appearance that they are wearing stockings.

2. A Full-Faced Swimming Mask Helped Protect Women’s Skin From The Sun, 1920s

3. Faceless Beauty Contest In Cliftonville, 1936

4. 10th Century Chinese Tradition – Foot Binding

5. French Breast Washer, 1930s

6. Rita Perchetti And Gloria Rossi Try Out Their New Portable Bathhouse So They Can Change Their Clothes After Sunbathing On Coney Island Beach, 1938

7. “Ironing” Hair, 1964

8. Freckle Removal. A Complicated Apparatus Is Employed. Eyes Are Covered With A Special, Air-Tight Piece, And The Nostrils Filled In. Breathing Is Done Through A Special Tube. Sensitive Parts Of The Face Must Be Treated Separately, 1930

9. Before The Invention Of Sun-Screen In The Mid 1940s, Bathers Wore Garments Like This Freckleproof Cape To Protect Themselves From The Sun. The Cape Also Features Built-In Sunglasses

10. Tape Worm Diet, 1900s

11. Contestants In The Miss Lovely Eyes Beauty Pageant In Florida Wearing Masks To Obscure The Rest Of Their Faces, 1930

12. Max Factor’s 1931 Ice Mask

13. Woman Tans Using A Suntan Vending Machine, 1949

14. A Perm In Germany In 1929

15. Customers Have Their Legs Painted At A Store In Croydon, London, 1941

16. Portable Hair Dryer, 1940s

17. A Policeman Judges An Ankle Competition At Hounslow, London, 1930

18. Hair Dryer, 1920s

19. The Bra Claimed To Develop And Strengthen The Bust And Was Designed To Vibrate While The Person Wearing It Was At Work. Brussel, 1971

20. Wooden Swimsuits, 1929

21. A Fruit Mask From The 1930s

22. X-Ray Of Female Torso With Corset (Left) And Female Torso Without A Corset (Right), 1908

23. Facial Warming Mask, 1940

24. A Young Woman Holds Her Arms And Legs In Four Water Bathes With Electric Current, To Improve Blood Circulation, Circa 1938

25. Dimple Machine In 1936