History of Skincare Part 17: Queen Victoria and the Romantic Era, 1850-1899

The Romance and Frailty of the Victorian Lady

When Queen Victoria ascended the British throne, she ushered in a new age of restraint and modesty. Only a few decades before, evening dresses had featured bare shoulders and low necklines. Under Victorian rule, however, women were expected to keep covered from head to toe. Skirts hung down to the feet and many necklines rose all the way to the chin. Baring the shoulders was considered improper and even the feet were expected to be covered at all times. Shopping for shoes was akin to shopping for underwear and revealing a stockinged foot to a shopkeeper was an act of great embarrassment for a good Victorian lady. This modesty had a huge effect on skincare and beauty products. Buying manufactured cosmetics was seen as more immodest than ever. Pale continued to be popular and women were cautioned to stay out of the sun. Although zinc oxide and lampblack eye shadow were still used, they were used modestly and often in secret. Makeup was not considered to be ladylike.

While Victorian modesty was the prevailing fashion trend, the Western world was also in the grip of the Romantic movement. Dashing poets such as Lord Byron and Percy Shelley were popularizing a completely different image of propriety. Their poems described heroes and travelers, men of action who loved and lost, distressed damsels who loved as well and then perished in a bout of illness or a natural disaster. Even the most proper of Victoria ladies were drawn to the excitement and sexuality that lay just below the surface of Romantic poetry. They began to strive for the delicate, sickly appearance of the Romantic heroine. Complexions became more pale than ever. Women carried parasols to shade themselves from the sun and they rubbed their faces with lemon juice to bleach their skin. Some even drank vinegar in the hopes that it would pale their complexion. When makeup was worn, it was used to emphasize the sickly look. Women would draw circles under their eyes and pinch their cheeks to give them a feverish glow.

The Bohemian Life

While the majority of women may have conformed to the modest image promoted by Queen Victoria and the Romantic image promoted by Byron and Shelley, artists and writers in cities such as Paris were seeking out a different type of image and a different type of skincare. Their Bohemian lifestyle was one of freedom and this was reflected in their makeup and skincare products. Face painting was much more acceptable amongst the Bohemian “fauves” of Montemarte and the brighter the colors, the better. Some women even painted their lips coal black or bright green to reflect the absinthe they drank.

New Technology, New Skincare

The second half of the nineteenth century saw a number of technological advances that changed the way anti aging and skincare treatments were produced. The industrial revolution had created a new, strong, middle class that was willing to pay for the fine things in life. Indoor plumbing had also seen a number of great improvements and by the end of the century, all but the poorest people had bathrooms in their homes. Additionally, each of these new bathrooms was well stocked with manufactured soap. By this time, soap was easily mass-produced and was no longer considered a luxury item. In fact, it was one of the few manufactured skincare products that was acceptable for even the most modest woman to purchase.

While the industrial revolution may have brought skincare to the masses, the Victoria era still saw a number of cosmetic products made specifically for the very wealthy. The World Exhibition of 1883 introduced a new beauty product to the market: lipstick. First sold by Parisian perfume makers, the small stick of lip color was wrapped in silk and sold to the hip young wealthy people who attended the exhibition. It was marketed as the “stylo d’amour,” the love pen, although its detractors referred to it as the “saucisse,” or sausage. It did indeed have many detractors. It was seen as being both immodest and exorbitantly expensive. Each sausage cost the equivalent of more than fifty dollars. Nevertheless, this lipstick marked the beginning of the end for the suppression of makeup. As the century turned, cosmetics would grow into a booming industry with skin care at the forefront of the popular imagination.

Top 8 Skincare Products Reviewed

1. Eye creams

The eyes, they say, are the windows to your soul and as such you should always start with treating and nourishing your eyes. Eye creams are the most widely used skincare product by women, because every woman is worried about crow’s feet at the sides of her eyes and black circles under them. One of the best eye cream on the market today is Mary Kay Instant-Action Eye Cream. It is economical, advanced, and effective.

2. Wrinkle creams

Anti-aging wrinkle creams have always been more popular than other anti-wrinkle options, such as Botox, because they are more economical for one, and don’t have as many side-effects associated with the botox injections. In any case, while remembering that creams don’t work miracles, they can definitely reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make you look and feel younger. According to the skincare product reviews, one of the best one the market is DHC.

3. Facial scrubs

Much of the damage done to our skin can be combated by a good, though gentle scrub. Sometimes the dead skin cells build up to result in extra appearance of wrinkles and just bad looking skin. The best scrubs will be provided by a good beauty salon, but you can find a number of products online, or so the reviews say. Some of the scrubs being mentioned in reviews online include St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub, which is not expensive at all, and performs wonders with blackheads and other blemishes and skin imperfections.

4. Facial masks

Again, wrinkles and other skin imperfections can be dealt with, though temporarily, with a good facial mask that will soften and rejuvenate your skin. A popular one in skincare product reviews lately is Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Mask. It is an excellent cleanser and totally refreshing.

5. Facial cleansers

Again, wrinkle creams and other face savers will not work as well on skin that has not been cleansed and scrubbed, so look to include a good facial cleanser in your skincare regime. Try Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser because reviewers are all agreeing that is one of the best on the market, because it includes Vitamin E and the one product does a full cleanse and exfoliation.

6. Moisturizers

What’s facial regime without a moisturizer? Women are becoming more and more demanding when it comes to what they will use to moisturize tired and dry skin. Product reviews have been mentioned La Mer Crýme de la Mer as a number one moisturizer for the face. Supposedly it was developed by a NASA scientist and includes all sorts of natural ingredients perfect for healing aging skin.

7. Creams for your hands

After the face, it is the hands that seem to get a real workout, so keeping them happy and healthy is vital. Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream has been the best hand cream for years. It still is.

8. Self-tanning your skin

Everyone wants to avoid the harmful UV rays because of its damaging effect on skin, but at the same time everyone wants a tan. If you want to avoid the sun then look to California Tan or Mystic Tan as your self-tanning product of choice. After all, that’s what the experts writing the skincare product reviews say!

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Skincare Basics

With all the skincare products available to us, choosing a skincare regimen may seem like a daunting task! Achieving and maintaining healthy skin does not necessarily have to be that complicated. In fact, a good basic skincare regimen really only requires 3 steps: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing.

Step 1: Cleansing
Cleansing helps to prevent breakouts and prepares skin for other products such as moisturizer and makeup. This step should include a makeup remover as well as a facial cleanser. Before washing your face, use makeup remover to dissolve eye, lip, and face makeup. Makeup remover towlettes are gentle and effective at removing makeup and can safely be used on the entire face, including the eye area. Removing your makeup first allows the cleanser to work more efficiently. Once makeup is removed, use a facial cleanser following the instructions on the package. Choosing a cleanser should not be difficult. A cleanser’s purpose is just to remove makeup, oil and dirt from the skin so it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on this step. Look at the label on the product to determine if it is suitable for your skin type. Foaming/lathering gel cleansers are good for acne and oily/combination skin because they are very effective at dissolving oil. Cream cleansers are better for dry skin because they do not strip the skin of its natural oils.

Step 2: Exfoliating
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the top layers of your skin, keeping it smooth and also helps to prevent pores from clogging. Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week for best results, following cleansing. There are a few different methods of exfoliating, offering a range of options for different budgets.

Scrubs and peel-off masks can be found at drugstores for under $10 and work great for basic exfoliating. For normal to dry skin, try using a scrub such as St Ives Apricot Scrub or Queen Helen Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub. For acne and oily skin, peel off masks like Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask work well because they reduce oil and refine pores while exfoliating.

There are also a few electronic devices on the market that exfoliate skin and work for all different skin types. Neutrogena has something called The Wave that uses vibration to slough dead skin cells. Clarisonic makes an exfoliating device that uses “sonic technology” to gently remove dead skin cells.

And last, chemical exfoliants. Products containing chemical exfoliants are typically found in higher-end skin care lines, such as those carried at Ulta and Sephora. Chemical exfoliants work on a cellular level to loosen dead skin cells so they fall away from the skin without requiring abrasive action. An example is Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel, which is a cream masque containing a chemical exfoliator called hydroxy acid. Also, Philosophy Microdelivery Peel, which is a set of moistened pads containing glycolic acid.

Step 3: Moisturizing
Whatever your skin type, moisturizing is a must! Even for oily and acneaic skin. The purpose of moisturizer is not just to keep the skin soft and smooth. Moisturizer also helps keep the skin hydrated beneath the top layers, improving its overall appearance, and helping to slow signs of aging in the long run. Even if your skin is oily, it may not be hydrated deep down. Dehydration can actually cause skin to over-produce oil in some cases. When shopping for a moisturizer, read labels to find something suitable for your skin type. “Oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” are always good phrases to look for but especially for acne and oily skin types. Apply moisturizer as the last step in your skincare regimen morning and night. During the day, always follow moisturizer with a sunscreen to prevent sun damage and premature aging.

If you have additional skin care concerns like acne, or fine lines and wrinkles, you may wish to add an extra step to this regimen. This step would include some type of topical treatment, such as acne gel or anti wrinkle serum. If you use a treatment like this apply it before your moisturizer for best results.

When trying new skin care products, it is important to remember these two things: time and consistency. A lot of people will buy a product, try it a few times and throw it away if they don’t see results right away. Most skincare products can take up to 6 weeks of regular use to yield results. So be patient!

The Best Skincare Mask – Volcanic Ash Clay

Trying to find the best skin care mask? Here are just a few reasons why you should consider making Volcanic ash clay a part of your regular skincare routine.

Volcanic ash clay was, for many years, only found in exclusive health and beauty spas. It has many benefits for the face and body that make it a wonderful skincare mask. Here are just a few……..

1. It has incredible absorption properties. It can absorb 7 to 10 times its own weight in water and swell up to 18 times its dry volume. These absorbing properties make a very effective skin care mask as it will soak up toxins and impurities out of the skin. This is especially effective on blemishes and acne problems.

2. Volcanic ash clay is all natural. There is evidence that traces it back to Mesopotamia 2500 B C. It’s actually called “living clay” because of its rich, natural mineral content. Many ancient tribes, including the North American Indians, used this clay for many of their daily needs.

3. A good skincare mask should have anti-inflammatory properties. Volcanic ash clay has very unique anti-inflammatory properties which can contribute to dramatic skin improvement when used in a daily skincare routine.

4. With regular use, this skincare mask can help to visually improve the look of wrinkles, stretch marks, sun damage, blemishes, enlarged pores, age spots and more. It can also help tighten and firm the skin.