Ancient Egypt: The Birth of Beauty and Skincare Science

Thousand of years ago, one of the greatest civilizations on earth, if not the greatest, started on the very same land we live on, Egypt.

The ancient Egyptians settled on the fertilized land along the Nile and built the greatest empire that lasted for centuries. Till this day, the world is indebted to Egypt for the science, literature, and treasures it left for us to study and be in awe.

If you think they lived a basic primitive life, think again! Our ancestors were the first to conquer different sciences including the science of cosmetics and personal care. They used beauty products almost every day. They loved their beauty products to the extent of burying them with their bodies to use them in the afterlife!


Influenced by the rich land, Egypt built one of the oldest botanical gardens in history. They used these plants not only as food but also as a raw material in making textiles, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Personal Care in Ancient Egypt

Due to the hot weather, one might experience irritated, dehydrated skin. The Egyptians were well aware of that and invented body lotions, creams, and ointments to hydrate their skin and protect it from getting dehydrated. That’s why personal care products were used by all socioeconomic groups of Egypt and by both genders! Some of the most used ingredients in ancient Egyptian personal care products were honey, milk, almonds, sesame oil, and castor oil.

They also used toothpaste, toothbrushes, and breath mints to stay fresh and clean.

Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt

When someone mentions ancient Egyptians, most probably, the first thing that comes in mind is people wearing black eyeliners.

Kohl and colored pigments were readily used then to apply on one's face as makeup. It also protected their eyes and skin from the hot sandy weather. Ancient Egyptians wore eyeshadows, lipsticks, and kohl almost daily.

They also wore luxurious perfumes and wigs, just like today's fashion!

Cleopatra, The Infamous Beauty Queen

Cleopatra is known for her strict beauty regimen that often included milk and honey baths, rose water, and facial oils. Rosewater is known for its toning and anti-aging properties, milk and honey are known for their moisturizing effect, and facial oils were used to protect the face and lock in hydration.


Do you follow any of the ancient Egyptians beauty tips? Share with us in the comments.

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