10 Vintage beauty tips that we should use more often today

In the days before Photoshop and airbrushing, the movie icons of the past had to find their own ways to enhance their natural beauty. Sophia Loren, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, to mention just a few, all had their own beauty secrets that helped them to make the most of their individual look and style, but, so did the ordinary girls on the street who didn’t have all that money from a movie studio to spend. Here are just a few of the beauty tips of yesteryear that we shouldn’t forget how to use:

1. Beer shampoo

Before the shelves of stores were stacked with hundreds of different types and brands of shampoos and conditioners, the beautiful ladies of the past regularly used beer to condition their locks. The vitamin B and natural sugars that are found in beer add volume to hair and give it extra shine. Just soak your hair in some warm, flat beer after you have shampooed it and leave it for a few minutes, before rinsing and conditioning for an added boost to your locks.

2. Natural lip stain and blush

For that healthy flush to your cheeks, take just one red rose petal or two. Gently squeeze out some of the red liquid and dab over the apples of your cheeks and some on your lips for a natural rose red bloom.

3. Vintage homemade exfoliator beautiful ladies of the past used to love

Even the movie stars used homemade beauty products and Katherine Hepburn was no exception. To maintain her minimalist, natural look she would regularly exfoliate her skin with a mixture of sugar, a little lemon juice and some olive oil (or just warm water).

4. The Mediterranean touch

Can you believe that Sophia Loren is eighty years old?! The secret to her long lasting good looks is in her diet. She eats at least two tablespoons of olive oil every single day and also massages it into her skin instead of body lotion, she does olive oil hair treatment and adds some of the oil to her bath, as well. Olive oil is one of her best kept beauty secrets.

5. Good old petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly was one of the best friends of beautiful ladies of the past. Vaseline was first patented in the US way back in 1872 and it has been used as an all-purpose cleanser and moisturiser by girls through the years. It may not be as glamorous sounding as some brands, but it’s simple, effective and Marilyn Monroe loved to use it!

6. Ice water to tone the face

You can’t get a simpler beauty treatment than this. Joan Crawford swore by her cleansing routine which included splashing ice cold water on her face over twenty times every time she washed her face.

7. Curls without heat 

Beautiful ladies of the past loved beautiful and glamorous curls, but long before anyone had invented curling irons, a cheap alternative to leaving uncomfortable rollers in overnight was to use leftover pieces of fabric. Roll damp hair around pieces of fabric, tie off and leave overnight to get beautifully curled hair in the morning and a good night’s sleep.

8. Vintage dry shampoo

When mothers were running short of time and missed a hair wash, they had a simple solution – baby powder. The fine talcum powder makes a great dry shampoo and it smells nice too! I still love using it now, when I’m too lazy to wash my hair or when I am in a hurry.

9. Oil treatment for luscious hair

There’s nothing new in applying oil to your hair for nourishment and conditioning of both the hair and the roots. Rita Hayward would apply oil (olive oil or coconut oil) to her hair after every wash, wrap it in a towel and leave it for fifteen minutes, before washing out with hot water and a little lemon juice diluted in water (lemon juice mixed with water adds shine, similar to the Vinegar rinse but without that unattractive Vinegar smell).

10. Bette Davis eyes

There was a trick to those Bette Davis’ beautiful eyes. She used to put cucumber slices on her eyes every night before she went to bed and applied a thin layer of Vaseline under her eyes at night to reduce any puffiness and remove dark circles.

We hope you find these vintage beauty tips useful.

If you know some other vintage beauty tips and you want to share them, feel free to do so in the comment section below.

Stay beautiful!

One Comment

  1. Kim
    February 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What a cool site! Love it

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