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Did make-up kill an 18th century socialite?

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Eldorado

The mysterious death of a young 18th century socialite has inspired a research project which could yield new information about the dangers of lead exposure.

Maria Gunning was a famous Irish beauty who arrived in London, poor and penniless, during the reign of King George II. Her place in history begins with a marriage to the Earl of Coventry, a remarkable rise into high society and wild popularity among common Londoners, but would end in tragedy.

She died prematurely at the age of 27, believed to be the victim of lead poisoning from the fashionable white make-up she insisted on using each day, which was a symbol of sophistication at the time, distinguishing the wealthy from the poor.

Full story at NewsWise: Link

Toxic Allure: Did white lead make-up enhance beauty at a deadly cost?

https://www.toxicallure.com/the-science

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Hammerclaw
24 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

The mysterious death of a young 18th century socialite has inspired a research project which could yield new information about the dangers of lead exposure.

Maria Gunning was a famous Irish beauty who arrived in London, poor and penniless, during the reign of King George II. Her place in history begins with a marriage to the Earl of Coventry, a remarkable rise into high society and wild popularity among common Londoners, but would end in tragedy.

She died prematurely at the age of 27, believed to be the victim of lead poisoning from the fashionable white make-up she insisted on using each day, which was a symbol of sophistication at the time, distinguishing the wealthy from the poor.

Full story at NewsWise: Link

Toxic Allure: Did white lead make-up enhance beauty at a deadly cost?

https://www.toxicallure.com/the-science

Very possible. Lead, because it tastes sweet, was the first artificial sweetener, used by ancient Romans in cooking on top of their exposure through water pumped through lead pipes. That woman was painting herself with it, daily.

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Hammerclaw

Even today, makeup can be a hazard to your health. Other than food coloring it's ingredients are unregulated by the FDA.

Toxic makeup: What to avoid, risks, and alternatives (medicalnewstoday.com)

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Queen Elizabeth I Was Probably Killed By The Makeup Required For Her Signature Look

https://www.ranker.com/list/queen-elizabeth-i-makeup-effects/genevieve-carlton

 

Pale white skin was the signature look for the upper class in the Elizabethan era. Queen Elizabeth I's makeup represented the 16th-century ideal for women, with her porcelain skin representing nobility and earthly perfection. But to achieve that perfection,

Elizabeth coated her face in lead, which slowly poisoned her body. That wasn't the only dangerous cosmetic Elizabeth used - she also rubbed mercury on her lips and likely used a mercury-based makeup remover that ate away her skin.

 

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