As a woman, I can comfortably and unashamedly admit (well, maybe a little ashamedly lol) to having done some pretty strange things in the name of beauty. I love lash extensions, but paying someone to glue tiny little hairs onto each of your individual eyelashes is a bit out there.

I also enjoy a good spray tan, but when you think about it, paying someone to spray your skin to make it appear darker is a little strange. Not to mention the unpleasant smell of a spray tan.

It might be easy for boomers to blame all these peculiar beauty treatments on social media, celebrity pressure, or millennials being their usual ‘difficult’ selves, but the truth is, women have been doing strange things in the name of beauty for centuries!

The only thing that has changed throughout the ages are beauty trends. So, let’s take a journey through time and check out some of the bizarre things women used to do to achieve their beauty goals!

#1 “1940s Portable Hair Dryer.”

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#2 “A Young Woman Holds Her Arms And Legs In Four Water Baths With Electric Current, Circa 1938.”

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#3 “1949, Woman Tans Using A Suntan Vending Machine.”

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#4 “You Have A Beautiful Face, But What About Your Nose?”

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#5 “The Bra That Was Designed To Vibrate While The Wearer Was At Work, Claimed To Develop And Strengthen The Bust. 1971, Brussels.”

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#6 “1930s French Breast Washer.”

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#7 “Rita Perchetti and Gloria Rossi Use Their New Portable Bathhouse to Change Clothes After Sunbathing On Coney Island Beach, 1938.”

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#8 “X-Ray Of A Female Torso With A Corset (Left) And A Female Torso Without A Corset (Right), 1908.”

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#9 “In the 1920s, Rubber Beauty Masks Were Used To Remove Wrinkles.”

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#10 “A Perm In 1929 Germany.”

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#11 “Miss Lovely Eyes Beauty Pageant Contestants In Florida Wearing Masks To Obscure The Rest Of Their Faces, 1930.”

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#12 “The Dimpling Machine in 1936.”

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#13 “Hairstyle ‘Ironing,’ 1964.” – I did this in the 1990s, so it lasted a long time!

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#14 “Removal of Freckles.” A Difficult Apparatus Is Used. The Eyes Are Covered With An Airtight Piece, And The Nostrils Are Filled In. Breathing Is Accomplished Via A Special Tube.

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#15 “Taking Precise Measurements Of A Beautiful Young Woman’s Head And Face With A Torture Instrument, 1933.”

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#16 “1929 Wooden Swimsuits.”

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#17 “1940 Facial Warming Mask.”

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#18 “The 1931 Ice Mask By Max Factor.”

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#19 “Customers Get Their Legs Painted In Croydon, London, 1941.”

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If you thought modern beauty routines were extreme, think again! These historical beauty practices show just how far women have gone in the quest for beauty. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments and tell us which one surprised you the most!

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