Getting into mummy's makeup
Researchers find health secrets in ancient Egyptian eye shadow
September 22, 1999
PARIS (CNN) -- In ancient Egypt, everyone wore eye make up -- men, women and children of all castes, according to historians. Scientists now think the cosmetics may have had as much to do with health as with beauty or style.
Egyptologists and chemists came to that conclusion after analyzing the contents of the Louvre's collection of 4,000-year-old pots once used in Egyptian makeup kits. They found chemical compounds that were used thousands of years later by the Greeks and Romans to treat infectious eye diseases such as conjunctivitis and trachoma.
CNN Correspondent Jim Bitterman contributed to this report.
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