MOST WOMEN COVET BEAUTY. THEY GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO ACHIEVE WHAT IS CONSIDERED BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR TIME. SOME WAYS ARE SENSIBLE BUT SOME OTHERS ARE DEFINITELY NOT. LETS HAVE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE INSENSIBLE AND EVEN GRUESOME WAYS TO ATTAIN GOOD LOOKS ACROSS THE CENTURIES.
Around the time of tie Renaissance (14th-7th century), women in Italy put belladonna drops in their eyes to make their pupils large, a mark of beauty. Belladonna, Italian for beautiful lady, is a highly poisonous plant. Women who used the eye drops would get blurry vision and eventually go blind.
From the 14th to the 19th century, European women wore a corset, a form of waist binding, to make their body get the much coveted hourglass figure. The corset was made of whalebone and hard canvas, and was tightly wrapped around the body with laces, which made breathing and bending difficult. If you see a movie about Europe in those times where women are furiously fanning themselves, swooning, or fainting, that's because they found it very difficult to breath.
Some women today reshape their body by having cosmetic surgery. They may endure a tummy tuck, an eyelid surgery, a face lift, a nose job, or liposuction, to name just a few, to improve their physical appearance in a quick, yet painful way. In facelift surgery, for instance, the procedure involves a surgeon making incisions on the face, around the earlobes. Then the skin is raised to get a wrinkle-free effect. Some fat and excess skins, of course, have to be removed. After that the incisions, stitched or metal-clipped, are hidden within the hairline. When the face starts to sag again some time in the future, the same procedure has to be repeated. One of the side effects of this treatment is a loss of feeling in the facial area and reduced muscle flexibility.