Removing the natural glow
Some of us prefer the sun-kissed look while others prefer the pale appearance instead. Throughout history in Europe, many people have fallen for pale skin – and they were willing to go to some pretty extreme measures to make sure they got what they wanted. It’s thought that pale skin showed that you were noble and wealthy as you weren’t out in the sun all day.
Wanted to look more prosperous than everyone else in town? That’s simple. All you needed to do was grab some leeches and attach them to your ears. Here, they would suck the blood out of people’s faces until it looked as though there was none left in their body at all. However, they’d have to repeat the process when the blood returned to their face.