Hangover Ice Mask
This Max Factor product was a big hit with Hollywood stars of the '40s. Plastic cubes, filled with water and then frozen, were placed over the face to remedy swelling and puffiness after a wild night out.
It could work. Just make sure the ice cubes aren't from the drinks that got you in this position in the first place.
Max Factor Beauty Micrometer
In the 1930s, Max Factor invented this scary-looking machine to aid in the perfect application of makeup. The contraption, also called the beauty calibrator, helped identify the areas of a person's face that need to be enhanced or reduced. The beauty micrometer became a huge hit in the movie industry.
On a related note, it was also the basis for all of the "Hellraiser" horror movies.
We all know what Peggy Olsen of "Mad Men" used the Rejuvenator for, and it wasn't weight loss.
However, "slenderizing salons" took weight loss by storm in the '40s. Using metal rollers to massage patients' trouble spots, the device was supposed to stimulate muscle contractions, thus burning calories sans exercise.
Carbon Dioxide Freckle Freezer
Italian physician Dr. M. Matarasso began using carbon dioxide to freeze off freckles in the '30s. A sharp point, like a lead pencil, was used to remove each individual freckle and after a week, the skin would heal freckle-free.
Although Dr. Matarasso revolutionized the use of dry ice, he also gave us a thousand nightmares and this image burned into our brains forever.
Heated Hair Curler
Who knows why the Medusa look never caught on?
We sure don't, but pre-war women used these heated metal prongs to achieve the perfect tight curls. With multiple assistants needed, it took hours for the hair to be set.
Because you don't want any fresh freckles popping up before the next big Klan rally ...
Before chemist Franz Greiter developed sunscreen in 1946, the "Freckleproof Cape" was worn by 1930s bathers to avoid sunburns and freckles. The cape also came with built-in sunglasses.
When life gives you lemons ... be sure you don't have any cuts before rubbing them on your face.
The fruit facial is just as popular today as it was in the 1930s. Rich in Vitamin C, this lemon and orange mask can even out discoloration while tightening the skin.
"Not a deep-sea diver, but a beauty-parlor patron in the vacuum helmet," read the ad for the Glamour Bonnet. Ohhh, thanks! We thought she was the first man on the moon.
This helmet-like bonnet lowers atmospheric pressure around the face, promising a rosy, youthful complexion.
This facial treatment of the 1940s was one of Helena Rubinstein's must popular treatments. The business mogul, one of the richest women in the world, lived by her saying, "There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."
While not widely successfully, some women did find success in attracting the Invisible Man.
Heated Face Mask
Essentially a heating mask for your face, this 1940s device was plugged in and warmed the skin, in order to increase circulation and create a rosy, fresh complexion.
We have a feeling Kermit would love this.
German Hair Waver
Germany tries to get in on the hot Medusa trend.
Similar to the American version of the hair waver, Germany's curling procedure promised a permanent wave in 1929.
Wrinkle Beauty Mask
They were unconventional, but these masks actually worked. If you wore one of these, nobody was thinking about your wrinkles.
But seriously, these 1920s women swore by this beauty mask's taught fit, in hopes that it would lift the skin, expelling future wrinkles.
All this 1920s woman wanted was dry hair and to experience the feeling her dog gets when he sticks his head out the car window.
Although the blow dryer was invented by Alexander F. "Beau" Godfrey in a French salon in 1890, the handheld, household blowdryer was not introduced until the '20s.
They're fat! They're plain! They have bad hair!
These dating tips from the 1930s are part infuriating, part hilarious and completely sexist
Beauty procedures from the '20s, '30s and '40s look a lot more like a torture chamber than a salon
Norma Desmond, Blanche DuBois and Mrs. Robinson were actually a lot younger than they seemed back in the day
Six decades of dieting proves that losing weight the old-fashioned way didn't work either
Those instants when we suddenly think that maybe we ain't that young anymore