What did ancient Roman women use to improve their complexions?
The strigil, a type of shaving blade, was scraped over the gladiator's body so that his sweat could be collected. It was often mixed with the fat of fighting arena animals, creating a mixture called strigmentum. This concoction was sold in souvenir pots outside of the stadium. In addition to being a complexion aide, it was also considered an aphrodisiac. (See First Century Life: Cosmetae)