The Most Dangerous Beauty Tips Ever
Read the following pages and prepare to be amazed, shocked, and disgusted by real historical activities people used to engage in for the sake of what might charitably be called “hygiene”. The things people used to do for the sake of health, beauty, and even cleanliness were often disgusting and offensive beyond measure. And to make matters worse, they would often be useless at best, if not actually very harmful and dangerous.
Among the things you’ll read about in this article are some truly insane health practices from the past also. Unfortunately, not all of these are from the very distant past. So read on, but be prepared to have your appetite spoiled. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Bathtub water was shared by families or even towns
Heating up a tub full of water to take a bath was not a simple or quick task in the olden times. Or even gathering enough water in the first place. For that reason, people would often take turns bathing in the progressively dirtier and dirtier water. The folks back then were nothing if not efficient.
Since the head of the household was considered to be the most important, he would bathe first, and so on down the line until the baby would get bathed in utterly filthy, even black, water. According to some, this is the origin of the phrase, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”!