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BY AUDIE .1. FAIÜiAi:,
fT is the desire of every woman to possess a fine,
slear, unblemished skin ; and naturally the care of the skin is one of tbe first considerations
of the girl who cares for und proparly values her beauty ; but when the fair face is marred by blem ishes the difficulties are various, overcome only by patience and perseverance.
Avoid the use of all cosmetics and advertised
"skin bleaches" as you would poison, for they only defeat the end in view and cause dryness of
the skin. Remember that the best beautifiers
are plenty of exercise in the open air, the keep ing of the pores open by daily bathing, sufficient sleep, and a healthful diet.
Do not be afraid of soap and water. Give your face a thorough bathing instead of a simple wiping, using for the purpose pure white Castile soap and warm water, as warm water is more effectual in removing the dirt, than is cold.
There is nothing to be more highly recom mended than giving the face, daily a good Russian bath, usually considered best just before retiring, as one is less liable to take cold then. For ten minutes or so, steam the face by holding it above a dish of boiling water ; then bathe gently and freely, using the water as hot as you can bear, plunging the face immediately after into cold water, Wipe dry on a soft towel, being sure to wipe up, as this is said to be a means of ^eventing wrinkles. This bath is an excellent means of removing from the pores all foreign substances and rendering the flesh of the face beautifully softt, white and firm.
Although not a cosmetic strictly speaking, tincture of benzoin can be used to advantage in giving tone to the skin. A few drops in the water in which you bathe your face, using suffici ent benzoin to make the water milky, will freshen one's complexion wonderfully.
The injuriousness of powder depends mainly on the quantity and quality used. If your skin is inclined to be shiny, either naturally or from .the use of soap, a little magnesia or rice powder will improve your appearance and beside have the virtue of being perfect}? harmless.
Thsugh the use of cosmetics must be avoided to preserve the skini there are many good lotions and simple washes which can be used with excel
The sk^n which freckles easily is generally a "healthy one, but the freckles themselves ara not pretty. It is said that the girl who possessen a fair number those "beauty spots" is endowed with
a charmingly frieud'y dUtniiitwn, bringing for ward the expressio > ''freckle-l and friendly." Still, ivithoul ciouli: one jould ha .jost us friendly and much nure lovely without the freckles. The summer freckles whbh rou ..¡.ought home fr-¡rn your summer's outing have doubtless disa-ppetred long ere this, of their own will. If, however, some few have obstinately remained, try applying to the discolorations a lotion composed of the following :
Sugar, i drachm ; Powdered borax, \ drachm ; Lemon juice, one ounce.
Mix well and let stand for a few days, then apply to the spots with a camel's hair brush.
Another recipe which is effectual in removing sunburn and tan is a mixture of two parts of Jamaica rum to one of lemon juice.' Dabble this well on the face at night and remove iii the morn ing by means of a hot bath. The lemon juice will have the effect of whitening th ; skin and the rum gives it vigour and causes a rosy flush.
Those afflicted with ' flesh worms" must look to their diet,"avoiding especially all fatty foods and many sweets, must take regular ex-?r<'ise and bathe frequently, for flesh wjrin-i are but a clogged condition of the pire*. Nothing is se good for the cure of these unsightly "black heads" as the Russian bath, and remember always that y)u must avoid the use of glycerine if you are troubled with them. A recipe fir their re moval was giveu me by an old druggist and has proved to be of excellent service
After bathing the faee with hot water, remove the black speck by gentle pressure and annoint with sulphur ointment. Time and patience soon removes all trace of the unsightly blotches. Remember, however, that no remedy will prove efficacious*in one day. You must persevere in its use if you would attaiu good results,
A greasy, pimply skin is a source of torment to its fair p assessor and extremely hard to get rid of. To one so afflicted the same advice will apply concerning diet, bathing and exercise, as that in cases of "flesh worms," with the addition that you occasionally use a cathartic of some mild
A pinch of borax in the water used to bathe your face may prove beneficial ; if not you will, unless in extremely obstinate cases, derive benefit by a daily application of the following :
Bi-Carbonate of Soda, 18 grains E.....ce of r.rt;¿i!, C drctv5. Distilled water, | pint