Beautiful, Badescu Skin

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Skincare Through the Ages: Part I

Skincare wasn’t always as we know it to be. Thank goodness for progress.


2800 B.C.

The very first soap is invented in ancient Babylon. Legend holds that its name derives from Mount Sapo, a sacrificial site.

1000 B.C.

You are what you eat, said the holistic Ancient Chinese (more elaborately, though).

1550 B.C.

When in Egypt… do as the ancient Egyptians once did. Queens soaked in milk baths, exfoliated with pumice stones and massaged their skin with Aloe Vera for beautiful skin. Pyramids first, skincare second.

476 A.D.

The fall of Rome also meant the end of bathing and personal cleansing habits. (A shame, really – let’s be thankful it’s 2013.)

500 – 1000 A.D.

Let the Early Middle Ages be remembered not for their supposed poor hygiene, but for the birth of apothecaries that dispensed increasingly elaborate herbal concoctions.

1000s – 1400s

Sun protection was all the rage. Medieval maidens also begin to tackle blemishes… using amethyst.

Did you know? According to, “medieval maidens tighten[ed] their skin with a cream made of chickpeas, barley, almonds, horseradish seeds, and milk.”

1400s – 1500s

While skincare and cosmetics remained relatively the same (albeit a little more hazardous), the skincare philosophy was less about the appearance of attractiveness, and more about personal cleanliness.

1600s – 1700s

Two opposing skincare philosophies came to be: Baroque extravagance versus Puritan minimalism. Makeup versus the natural complexion; perfumed “makeup-removing” soaps versus a simple splash of water.

Baroque or Puritanical? Which skincare philosophy would you have followed?

To be continued… 

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Author: Kimberly Yang

A 21-year-old blogger, sometimes freelance writer, and full-time business school student. Previously the fashion editorial intern for two boutique magazines and now here at Mario Badescu! I tend to be verbose, so I'll keep it as short and sweet as possible: I write and dance. A lot. Also pertinent: Aries, pescatarian, and lover of all things beautiful. I'll be honest when I admit that before MB, I simply washed my face twice daily and left it at that. But ask if I'm a skincare junkie now and I'll nod voraciously. I can never be without moisturizer, and the Vitamin C Serum makes my heart palpitate. And if by some miracle you haven't tired of me rambling about myself or the Vitamin C Serum and are curious for more, visit my Google+ page for more of my work.

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