BLEMISHES TO BEAUTY

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BLEMISHES TO BEAUTY

 

This article gives us an insight into how the Victorians tackled the problem of pimples, freckles and wrinkles not forgetting the flesh worms! Intrigued then read on. (Admin)

 

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There are a great many accidental blemishes to beauty, such as pimples, black specks, freckles, and tan and yellow spots, which may be removed by proper remedies faithfully applied.

 

TO REMOVE PIMPLES

 

There are many kinds of pimples, some of which partake almost of the nature of ulcers, which require medical treatment; but the small red pimple, which is the most common, may be removed by applying the following twice a day:

 

Sulphur water………………………………………1oz

Accetated liquor of ammonia……………………….1/4 oz

Liquor of potassa……………………………………1gr

White wine vinegar………………………………….2oz

Distilled water……………………………………….2oz

 

These pimples are sometimes cured by frequent washing in warm water, and prolonged friction with a coarse towel. The cause of these pimples is obstruction of the skin and imperfect circulation.

TO REMOVE BLACK SPECKS OR” FLESHWORMS.”

Sometimes little black specks appear about the base of the nose, or on the forehead, or in the hollow of the chin, which are called “fleshworms,” and are occasioned by coagulated lymph that obstructs the pores of the skin. They may be squeezed out by pressing the skin, and ignorant people suppose them to be little worms. They are permanently removed by washing with warm water, and severe friction with a towel, and then applying a little of the following preparation:

 

Liquor of potassa………………………….1oz

Cologne……………………………………2oz

White brandy………………………………4oz

The warm water and friction alone are sometimes sufficient.

 

TO REMOVE FRECLKES

The most celebrated compound ever used for the removal of freckles was called Unction de Maintenon, after the celebrated Madame de Maintenon, mistress and wife of Louis XIV. It is made as follows:

 

Venice soap……………………………………1oz

Lemon juice……………………………………1/2 oz

Oil of bitter almonds…………………………..1/4 oz

Deliquidated oil of tartar………………………1/4 oz

Oil of rhodium…………………………………3 drops

 

First dissolve the soap in the lemon juice, then add the two oils, and place the whole in the sun till it acquires the consistence of ointment, and then add the oil of rhodium. Anoint the freckly face at night with this unction, and wash in the morning with pure water, or if convenient, with a mixture of elder-flower and rose –water.

TO REMOVE TAN

 

An excellent wash to remove tan is called Crème de l enclose, and is thus made:

 

New milk……………………………………1/2 pint

Lemon juice…………………………………1/4 oz

White brandy…………………………………1/2 oz

 

Boil the whole, and skim it clear from all scum. Use it night and morning.

 

A famous preparation with the Spanish ladies for removing the effects of the sun and making the complexion bright is composed simply of equal parts of lemon juice and the white eggs.

 

The whole is beat together in a varnished earthen pot, and set over a slow fire, and stirred with a wooden spoon till it acquires the consistence of soft pomatum. This compound is called Pommade de Seville. If the face is well washed with rice-water before it is applied, it will remove freckles, and give a fine lustre to the complexion.

 

TO CURE CHAPPED LIPS

A certain cure for chapped lips, used by the French ladies, is called beaume a l antique and is thus made.

 

Oil of roses……………………………….4oz

White wax………………………………..1oz

Spermaceti……………………………….1/2 oz

They should be melted in a glass vessel, and stirred with a wooden spoon till thoroughly mixed, and then poured into a glass or china cup for use.

 

TO REMOVE YELLOW SPOTS.

 

Sometimes yellow spots of various sizes appear under the skin of the neck and face, and prove the most annoying blemishes to beauty. I have known them to be effectually removed by rubbing them with the flour of sulphur until they disappeared. The following wash is also a safe remedy-

 

Strong sulphur water……………………..1oz

Lemon juice………………………………1/4 oz

Cinnamon…………………………………1dra

 

Wash with this three or four times a day. Sometimes these spots indicate a difficulty in the stomach which may require medical advice.

 

Are they describing age-spots? (admin)

 

TO REMOVE AND PREVENT WRINKLES.

 

There is a curious recipe called Aura and Cephalus which is of Grecian origin, as its name would indicate, and is said to have been most efficacious in removing and preventing premature wrinkles from the faces of the Athenian ladies.

 

Put some powder of best myrrh upon an iron plate, sufficiently heated to melt the gum gently, and when it liquefies, cover your head with a napkin, and hold your face over the myrrh at a proper distance to receive the fumes without inconvenience. I will observe, however, that if this experiment produces any symptoms of head-ache, it better be discontinued at once.

But an easy and natural way of warding off wrinkles is frequent ablution, followed by prolonged friction with a dry napkin. If a lady is a little advanced towards the period when wrinkles are naturally expected to make their appearance, she should use tepid water instead of cold, in her ablutions.

 

Is this the Victorians version on exfoliating? (Admin)

 

TO REMOVE STAINS OR SPOTS FROM SILK.

 

If a lady has the misfortune to stain a silk dress, the following preparation will remove the stain without injuring the silk.

Take five ounces of soft water and six ounces of alum well pounded; boil the mixture for a short time, then pour it in a vessel to cool. Previous to using it, it must be made warm, when the stained part may be washed with it and left to dry.

 

 

TO REMOVE GREASE FROM SILK

 

 

Wash the soiled part with ether, and the grease will disappear.

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