Venetian ceruse

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Pale faced Elizabeth I of England wearing Venetian Ceruse

Venetian Ceruse, also known as Spirits of Saturn, was a 16th-century cosmetic used as a skin whitener. It was in great demand and considered the best available at that time. The pigment of white lead caused lead poisoning, damaging the skin and causing hair loss. Usage over an extended period could cause death. A notable user was Elizabeth I of England.[1]

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  1. ^ Not Panicking Ltd (13 March 2008). "h2g2 - Fashion Victims - Edited Entry".