The idea of starting fresh in January put me in mind of things I can do to start fresh every day, especially when it comes to skin care. My skin is high maintenance, so my beauty routine has been evolving to try to find something that is optimal for it. While I'm on the search, I'm always intrigued by the beauty tips and tricks I read about in vintage sources. They use things I would never think to use these days, and I wonder about their effectiveness. Oftentimes they're coming from movie stars whose skin does, indeed, look radiant, so can it be that these things really work?
Here are three vintage tricks I decided to try out for myself and share my experience with you!
On the Glamourdaze site I ran across an old article that described a movie star's solution to large pores: ice! (I can't seem to find the page for the life of me, I apologize.) This made sense to me, since we've been told to use warm water to open the pores, the opposite must be true to close them! I have large pores, especially on my cheeks around my nose, so I tried it a few mornings in a row before I put on my makeup. It's not like my pores completely disappeared, but I did notice a difference! It also seemed to help keep my makeup just on the surface of my skin.
Orange and Lemon Tonic
I found a recipe for a 1930s orange and lemon tonic (facial), and I made it and tried it out. The milk and the citrus mix strangely while cooked, and it was a very clumpy texture to spread on my face. I put it on and let it sit for a bit, and while my skin did feel a bit tingly, it was only marginally softer when I rinsed.
Egg ShampooI don't have an exact source for this, but I do remember reading several stories as a kid that talked about getting an egg shampoo (perhaps in an American Girl book?), and I knew I had to try this one! The things I do for you guys.
It felt weird, very weird. I shampooed with an egg, left it in for a couple minutes, then rinsed and let my hair dry. It might be a little shinier and softer... but I can't say that it is by much, if any. It might work well for other hair types, though.
Would you be willing to try any of these? Have you tried any old school tips? Did they work or not?