The Bizarre History Of Moisturizers And Dry Skin Remedies, From Emu Oil To Body Butter

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We've been protecting the moisture in our skin basically since we've discovered sunlight. It isn't just a conspiracy by cosmetics companies: it's protection against the elements and a way to trap your own moisture in your skin, rather than letting it get thirsty and cracked. Can't go wrong with some moisturizer, right?

Well, that depends on your definition of "wrong." How would you like some hog lard smeared on your face? What about emu oil, egg white, bread and milk, or carcinogenic tar? All have been used in the bizarre (and very strange-smelling) history of moisturizers. Before industrially produced face creams came along, it was every woman for herself. The good news? There's some inspiration here for your own skin routine, as long as you don't mind smelling a bit peculiar...

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