A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Skin Care

If you think the content of modern cosmetics can be problematic, then have a look at what the Victorians used!

Mimi Matthews

In an age when respectable women generally did not wear make-up, the clarity of a lady’s complexion was considered to be one of the principal components of her beauty.  To that end, Victorian women employed a great many methods to keep their skin soft, smooth, and blemish free.  In today’s article, we look at a few of those methods, from the most basic soap and water washes to 19th century iodine facials, arsenic creams, and patent cosmetics that reached the heights of Victorian quackery.

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