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Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics: 'Magical' Makeup May Have Been Medicine for Eye Disease

By American Chemical Society
Jan. 12, 2010 source: science daily Date of review: January 17 2010
Queen Nefertiti and other ancient Egyptian women may have worn heavy makeup to protect against eye infections that were a constant threat in the time of the pharaohs.

Summary: Christian amatore, philippe Walter, and colleagues had found the black-eye make-up that Queen Nerfertiti and other ancient Egyptians royals wore, might have protected them against some eye infections. Ancient Egyptians used these lead-based cosmetics for their eye make –up believing that they are ‘magical’. They think that the wearer of the make-up would earn them protection from ancient gods, against several illnesses. However, modern scientists largely dismissed that possibility, knowing that lead-based can be quite toxic. But it was clear that such intentional production is the first known example of a large chemical process. Personal reflection: After reading this interesting article about this significant discovery I was in awe. I was Amazed at the wonderful discovery of the ancient Egyptians’ alluring eye make-up. I was wondered by the fact that ancient Egypt has actually such advanced chemistry. I was enthralled by the complicated minds of ancient Egyptians’ chemists. Though the make-up was not scientifically proven to be able to prevent the wearer from getting several illnesses, it is still a wonder. Unlike the present, the ancient Egyptians have no advanced technologies to create special cosmetics, but they did it. The fact that they did, made it a wonder. I think that what helped the ancient civilisation are not any advanced technologies. I think that what caused them to want to create new inventions was their eagerness to make life better. They have such huge hunger to make life better that they became undaunted and determined to create new inventions...

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