Beauty Secrets of Yesteryear

The Vintage Beauty  Secrets  of Yesteryear… and why they still work

Vanishing creams

First appearing in the 1890s, vanishing creams were mainly oil in water emulsions and although they were designed to be a daytime skin protectant, they were mostly used as a base to help hold face powder to the skin as they gave an instant matte look. Silent movie star Edna Wallace Hooper was the face of the earlier brands calling them her Youth cream. Today’s modern day versions contain the latest   modern ingredients like rose and jojoba to help improve and promote cell regeneration leaving skin silky smooth and dewy.

Today, we often tell our patients to use it as overnight hand cream – simply slather on thickly and then put on some cotton gloves and you’ll wake up with baby soft skin It’s also the cheapest and most effective way to soften calluses and still loved by some of today’s Hollywood’s screen stars -Frieda Pinto uses it on her eyelids to give a dewy look and Jennifer Aniston has said she uses the product under her eyes every night to moisturise and prevent wrinkles.


Shaving your face, chewing gum, and splashing the face with cold water were just some of the beauty tricks championed by our favourite vintage screen icons which still work today

*Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe both made a habit of shaving their face to remove the fine baby hairs and the surface layer of skin cells to give their skin a radiant glow. Today, facial shaving, called Dermaplaning, is a popular treatment in many clinics and spas to mechanically exfoliate the complexion and remove the very fine fuzz – called velus hairs – which cover the face and can clog the pores. It also makes the skin smoother and allows any products to penetrate deeper (we wouldn’t recommend you do this at home)


Screen icon Joan Crawford didn’t use fancy products to keep her legendary face smooth and taut – she chewed gum in the belief that it firmed up her jaw and help to drain the toxins out from under her chin. She was also religious about her cleansing regime and would splash her face 25 times with ice cold water after every wash. Both are great tips – chewing gum is d is a form of facial exercise which increases blood circulation and tones up the muscles. Chew sugarless gum and chew after meals, as it will help increase saliva helping to prevent tooth decay. The benefits of a cold-water skin splash after cleansing can help reduce facial redness by constricting capillaries and temporary shrink pores

*A favourite trick of auburn-locked Rita Hayworth, to keep hair looking lustrous, was to shampoo hair apply olive oil to the ends and wrap up in towel for 15 minutes. After, she would rinse with hot water and lemon juice to get rid of any residue and boost shine. It still works today an

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