In the 1870s the magazine, Harpers Bazar, published articles called “Ugly Girl Papers or Hints from the Toilet” these were a list of beauty secrets for young women.
While reading these articles, advice was given such as placing lettuce leaves with trace amounts of opium on the face overnight and then washing the face in the morning with ammonia to ensure a pale fresh facial appearance. OMG..Right?
Another little beauty tip was the use of arsenic wafers. This was used to clear up the skin and also to lighten the skin. I'll stick to good old soap and water and avoiding the sun thank you very much..lol
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