First used by the medical profession in a range of skin treatments, glycerine soon found its way into cosmetics for dry or chapped skin.
Richard Hudnut regarded himself as a high-class perfumer rather than a pharmacist or cosmetic chemist and looked to France for inspiration.
By the late 1930s, Richard Hudnut’s Du Barry line was in the doldrums so the company tried a new approach to help improve sales.
Muscle oils were used to build up facial muscles, firm the skin, improve facial contours and reduce wrinkles.
In 1928, Elizabeth Arden introduced a diathermic facial treatment into her salons, advertising it as the Vienna Youth Mask.
The story of diathermy began in 1892 when Doctor Jacques d’Arsonval passed a high frequency current through a person’s body without electrocuting them.
Planning for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 went on for over a year, so there was plenty of time to ensure that the Queen’s make-up was in order.
In the nineteenth century, no advice on how to achieve a flawless complexion would be complete without mentioning the skin’s pores.
A list of booklets known to have been published by cosmetic companies in the first half or so of the twentieth century with scans of some items.
Max Factor list added 26th March 2015.
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