Skin treatments are as old as civilization itself; the quest for perfect skin and youthful beauty is culturally and historically transcendent. With so many trends falling in and out of favor year by year, those in pursuit of the perfect face cream may want to consider the ingredients that have stood the test of time.

Olive Oil

Olive oil isn’t just for cooking with! Olive oil has been used to clean and hydrate the skin since the times of Ancient Greece, yet it’s really come into trend again over the last couple of years. Today, skin specialists promote olive oil as a gentle cleanser and moisturizer and oils are being used more often as a face wash than before. When oils are used to clean the face, they prevent the face from producing additional oil which may block the pores.


Today we know that honey is a natural anti-bacterial and thus fantastic for removing blemishes; in ancient times, they simply knew that it worked. Honey has been used as a skin treatment since ancient Egyptian times. Honey can also be used to even out the pigmentation of your skin and to promoting healing without scarring. Honey is also known as a natural treatment to remove moles.


Beeswax has been found in some of the most ancient balms, both as a binding agent and as a way to seal in moisture. Beeswax is a natural product that is almost entirely inert–in other words, it is very rare for anyone to have any type of negative reaction to it. For that reason it’s a fantastic way to treat everything from chapped lips to dry skin. But it wasn’t only used for those purposes. It was also occasionally mixed with rudimentary scents, like rosewater, to create something like a perfume or deodorant.

Of course, these are all ingredients that did stand the test of time–there are some that didn’t. In Roman times, lead was used as a rather frightful skin treatment, intended to lighten the skin–and as recently as a generation ago, radium was used for a healthy glow. But that just goes to show that one must be skeptical of trends. Lead and radium certainly did not withstand the test of time!