In the days before modern cosmetics, a wide variety of things were used for their purported beauty-enhancing properties. While some of these may have been the cosmetic equivalent of snake oil, others really worked and were a lot less expensive than their present-day equivalents. Check out the list of vintage beauty tips to use more often.
Some of these tips date to the 1940s, when shortages of ingredients made cosmetics a ration item. Other ideas may go back farther than that, to the time when “rosy-cheeked” meant exactly that. To get great skin and hair for a lot less, try some of these tips from yesteryear:
Ladies in old movies are often seen placing cucumbers on their eyes before bed. The reason is seldom given, so apparently the audience understood this strange ritual. Of course, they did – cucumbers are a natural moisturizer, keeping skin underneath from getting dry and puffy overnight. Besides, they perfectly narrow pores, cool your skin and protect it from the harmful rays of the sun. Cucumbers are widely known for its rejuvenating properties as well. Frequently they are used to lighten the freckles. They are sometimes accompanied by petroleum jelly, kaolin, lemon juice and honey but true believers say it’s the cucumbers doing the job. This vegetable is especially beneficial for oily skin and prone to acne.
You can make a variety of beauty aids using a cucumber, for instance, scrubs, masks, toners and hair conditioners. I suggest trying one of the easiest and quickest recipes with a cucumber that you can use even during your break: grate one cucumber, add one tsp. of sour cream for oily skin or honey for dry skin. Apply it over your face and neck for 15-20 minutes, and then wash away with warm water. It will surely help your skin look radiant and fresh.