It rubs the lotion on its skin. Yet more creepy beauty from the vaults of time

electric mask for miladys face

When I first saw this invention from 1933 I thought - aieeeee - that looks terrible.

I especially didn't like the cut of the slightly sinister Dr Brueck (from Vienna natch) administering the treatment. God forgive me but I can imagine him hiding someone down in a basement for a good few years. His beaky nose hides his smile - but what else could he be concealing? A daughter and four inbred children in the cellar?

Milady views the world through holes cut where eyes should be and breathes through a tube.


Phew! I thought. At least it didn't catch on

But then I got to thinking. Some of the modern treatments we subject ourselves to are equally freaky. Microdermabrasion and Botox - to say nothing of actual facelifts and chemical peels. Even eyelash curlers look like implements of torture. And what about the time C3PO gave Kirstie a facial?

What's the scariest thing you've ever done in the name of beauty or wellbeing?

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