weird ways of the past

I came across this intriguing – if not a little unsettling – image at the Welcome Collection‘s ‘Skin’ exhibition, taken in 1921. At first glance I presumed it to be depicting sufferers of some horrific skin disease that required minimum exposure, or protection of the skin following some tragic accident. Silly me. Far from being anything quite as dramatic, these women were simply sporting ‘rubber face masks’, believed to help remove wrinkles and blemishes.

It’s funny to see how womens’ obsession with looking youthful, and their willingness to achieve this through any means possible, transcends the centuries. I’m sure there are many anti-aging treatments out there at the moment that will seem just as ridiculous in a hundred years time…


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