We all have our favorite trends of the past, like a flapper girl look or glamorous pin curls, but vintage beauty isn’t just about the bold looks our favorite Hollywood starlets rocked in the movies. There were many methods for achieving radiant skin and hair that seem almost too simple today, but that countless women swore by. Unsurprisingly, there are many home remedies and tried-and-true DIY beauty treatments on the list. It just goes to show that some beauty tips are truly timeless!
1. No heat curls – While curling irons have been around for quite some time now, many women got a strong curl by wrapping sections of damp hair in thin strips of fabric, twisting it into rolls, and tying the fabric (called rag rolls). They’d then sleep on the rolls for a natural looking, no damage curl in the morning.
2. Lemon acne cure – Lemon juice has long been touted as remedy for acne and acne scars. Some opt for lemon juice alone and others mix it with Witch Hazel, apply to the skin for 5-10 minutes, and rinse off with cold water. If this is your go-to, keep in mind that lemon increases sun sensitivity and can dry out skin, so use sparingly.
3. Charcoal as teeth whitener – As gross as this looks (think: a messy black mask on your teeth!), beauty gurus everywhere are bringing back activated charcoal, another trend from the past. This ingredient is said to draw out impurities when used as a facemask or brushed on as a teeth whitener. I’m still a bit apprehensive about this one, but some people love it.
4. Cucumber for puffy eyes – Yep, talk about a throwback! I’ve sworn by this for years because cucumber naturally gives you that huge dose of hydration your eyes need when they’re suffering. Whip up DIY cucumber pads to say goodbye to tired, puffy eyes.
5. Protect hair with a scarf – All those vintage silk scarves of the past weren’t just a pretty fashion statement; women would often wrap their hair in a loose scarf as a way to protect their ‘do while on the go.
6. Olive oil for hair – Olive oil used to be a key ingredient in many hair masks, including those with honey or egg yolks, to achieve silky, shiny hair.
7. Petroleum jelly solution – Vaseline itself has been around since 1872, and no wonder it has stood the test of time – Petroleum jelly, originally invented as a medicinal product, still has many beauty uses today, including a skin and hair softener and makeup remover.
8. Use roses for everything – Rose water has been used as a natural beauty ingredient for years as a great facial toner, cleanser, and hair softener.
9. Moisturize the neck – Vintage beauty almost always involved a major moisturizing regimen, and back then it was taken more seriously. You would rarely apply a face cream or lotion without covering the neck, too! So next time you moisturize, don’t forget this detail, it plays a huge part in achieving youthful skin.
10. Regular facials – Along with moisturizing, regular facials were common. Sure, there are many beauty-lovers who do this today, but how many women do you know that treat themselves to regular facials?! If there’s one anti-aging skincare routine to keep around from the past, it’s this!
Of course, it’s up to you to decide if any of these tricks are right for you. Are any of these vintage beauty practices part of your routine? Let me know in the comments.