What Women Used To Do In The Name Of Beauty Is Downright Shocking, Even Today

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Many vintage inventions, fads, and medicines look fairly creepy from the our vantage point in 2015. However, one surprisingly creepy aspect of life back then stands out: beauty procedures and products.

Women in the 1930s and 40s were just as concerned about their appearance as today. The only difference these days is the technology. These 14 pictures highlight some of the creepiest procedures that women put themselves through, all in the name of beauty.

1. Those are some powerful-looking blowdryers.

Those are some powerful-looking blowdryers.

2. This woman is undergoing a permanent hair procedure in 1929 Germany.

This woman is undergoing a permanent hair procedure in 1929 Germany.

3. This crazy-looking head gear was invented by Max Factor in 1930. Its purpose was to aid in the correct application of makeup.

This crazy-looking head gear was invented by Max Factor in 1930. Its purpose was to aid in the correct application of makeup.

4. Before there was sunscreen there was the “Freckleproof Cape.” The cape was worn to protect against the sun”s rays. Some models even had built in sunglasses like the one pictured below.

Before there was sunscreen there was the "Freckleproof Cape." The cape was worn to protect against the sun

5. If you visited a “slendering salon” in the 1940s, you might have come across a chair like this. It massaged your legs and supposedly promoted weight loss.

If you visited a

6. This is a procedure from the 1930s where doctors attempted to freeze off freckles using carbon dioxide. The patient”s eyes were covered and their nose was plugged for their protection. They had to breathe through a tube.

This is a procedure from the 1930s where doctors attempted to freeze off freckles using carbon dioxide. The patient

7. Those are suction cups. This procedure promised to literally suck out skin spots.

Those are suction cups. This procedure promised to literally suck out skin spots.

8. I”m not even sure what”s going on here, but it”s terrifying.

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9. Supposedly, this horrifying mask from the 1940s was used to heat the face as a way of improving circulation and making the skin look younger.

Supposedly, this horrifying mask from the 1940s was used to heat the face as a way of improving circulation and making the skin look younger.

10. During the 1920s, it was thought that wearing rubber “beauty masks,” would smooth out wrinkles. They look like something else entirely though…

During the 1920s, it was thought that wearing rubber

11. Prior to World War II, many women would spend hours in machines like this having their hair curled.

Prior to World War II, many women would spend hours in machines like this having their hair curled.

12. Also invented by Max Factor, this woman is wearing a “Hangover Heaven” face pack. As you might imagine, it was popular with Hollywood stars in the 1940s. The plastic ice cubes on the front could be filled with water and frozen.

Also invented by Max Factor, this woman is wearing a

13. I don”t think anyone knows what the point of a fruit mask was, but it certainly makes for a shocking photo.

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14. The woman in this photo is wearing a so-called “Glamour Bonnet.” The bonnet promised to give users a rosy, glowing complexion. It did this by lowering atmospheric pressure around the head to alpine conditions. Something about that doesn”t sound safe.

The woman in this photo is wearing a so-called "Glamour Bonnet." The bonnet promised to give users a rosy, glowing complexion. It did this by lowering atmospheric pressure around the head to alpine conditions. Something about that doesn

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If Hollywood is looking for some inspiration for a new horror movie (or series of movies), they should start with these pictures. They”re giving me nightmares.

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