As teenagers, my sisters and I all put toothpaste on our teenage spots to get rid of them and Vaseline on our eye lashes to make them grow thick and lush. I also remember my aunt telling me that if I got sunburn, to squeeze lemon juice over the burn to soothe the skin. After a particularly long, hot afternoon playing tennis in a sleeveless top and no suncream, my shoulders got roasted so I squeezed lemon juice onto the skin, which felt like scalding water.

Grandma also told us if we picked up a toad, our hands would be covered in warts. I was always terrified to even get near a toad, let alone pick one up, so never tried this out. I’m not sure if any of the above were actually true or simply just old wives’ tales?