10 Terrifying Beauty Standards It’s Hard to Imagine Were Used in the Past

Each epoch and each nation have always had their own fashion trends and beauty standards. Sometimes women had to sacrifice their health, appearance, and even lives to meet these standards. On top of that, different terrible and weird things used to be really normal for fashionable girls of the past.

We want to tell you about the most dangerous things our ancestors used to do to keep up with fashion.

Dangerous hair dye

10 Terrifying Beauty Standards It’s Hard to Imagine Were Used in the Past

In the 19th century, women were already using dangerous hair dyes. These dyes contained toxic silver nitrate or lead that affected their skin, hair, and lungs. And to top it off, their results were unpredictable. For example, instead of black, their hair might turn green.

Creams with cyanide and mercury

10 Terrifying Beauty Standards It’s Hard to Imagine Were Used in the Past

Freckle and mole removing creams and lotions contained large amounts of cyanide and mercury that worked well with unwanted pigmentation. Consistently using these creams caused the body to accumulate mercury and shortened women’s lives by causing mercury poisoning.

Mercury (II) chloride, a really toxic substance that affects the central nervous system, was used to make skin smoother and to cure syphilis

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