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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
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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.

BEAUTY OF THE VOICE

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One of the most powerful auxiliaries of beauty is a fine, well trained voice. Indeed, one of the most fascinating women I ever knew had scarcely any other charm to recommend her.

She was a young countess in Berlin, who had dull eyes, a rough skin, with dingy complexion, coarse, dull hair, and a dumpy form. But she has an exquisite voice, which charmed everybody who heard it. Ugly as she was, she was called “the syren,” from the fascinating sweetness of her voice.

And with an infallible instinct that she had but a single charm, she had cultivated that until she had bought it to the utmost perfection. Words fell like charmed music from her lips. And then, besides the discipline she had given her voice, she had made herself master of the art of conversation. In this respect, every woman’s education is sadly neglected. Had I a daughter, the first thing I would teach her, in the way of artificial accomplishment, would be, that to converse charmingly is a far greater accomplishment to a lady than music and dancing.

A woman who can converse well is always sure to command respect and admiration in any society. By this, I, of course, don’t mean a vicious abundance of words, and rapid volubility of tongue, for these are things which my sex sometimes too easily acquires. Good conversation does not mean the art of talking, but, the art of talking well. How few ladies have it! How few have ever been taught that good talking is as much an art as good singing? It is the voice; after all, more than words, that gives the finest and clearest expression to the passions and sentiments of the soul.
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The most correct and elegant language loses all its beauty with a bad or ill-trained voice. The exhilaration of mirth, the profound sighs of sadness, the tenderness of love, the trembling interrupted sobbing of grief, all depends upon the voice for the effect upon the character and the heart. A bad talker is as great a bore as a bad singer or a bad reader. Indeed, to be charming in conversation implies a perfect knowledge of the rare and difficult art of reading. I call it rare and difficult, not only from the nature of the art itself, but also from the lack of competent teachers. There are a thousand good teachers of the art of singing, where there is one of the art of reading.

The teachers of elocution are generally decayed actors or professors, who are worse than incompetent, for they, in nine cases out of ten, get their pupils into pedantic, affected, and unnatural habits, which are thousand times worse than the natural awkwardness. The best advice I can give a lady on this subject is- unless she knows a teacher who has an exquisite voice and style- to practise herself in reading aloud, and training her voice to express the most happy and delightful ideas by soft and appropriate tones. She may think herself happy if she requires perfection in this exquisite art by two years of unwearied pains and study. And she may be sure that the accomplishment is cheaply bought at whatever expense.

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BEAUTIFUL FOOT AND ANKLE

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It will be difficult to over-estimate the importance of a well-proportioned foot and ankle as part of female beauty. There is a delightful promise in a fine foot and ankle that the rest of the limb is shaped with the same exquisite grace. And, on the other hand, a clumsy foot and ankle seems to presage a heavy and bad-shaped leg. This rule may not always be just, but there is no getting such an association out of a gentleman’s mind. When was the time that the poets did not sing of the charms of a “nimble foot?” or of “the fairy foot which shines like snow, and falls on the earth as mute.”

Virgil tell us that,

“By her gentle walk, the queen of love is known,”

And that “gentle walk” will rarely, if ever, be found connected with a heavy an ill-shaped foot and ankle. We know it is natural for the mind to associate every other charm with that of a graceful step.

Thus Milton sung-

“Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eyes, In every gesture dignity and love.”

The pains which some nations take to ensure a small foot amounts to a torture which ought to be called by no other name than that of the art of deforming. In China, especially, this thing is carried to such an extent that the women’s feet are entirely spoiled. In Spain, however, the art is practised with astonishing success in causing beautifully small feet. I have known ladies there, who were past twenty years of age, to sleep every night with bandages on their feet and ankles drawn tight as they could be and not stop the circulation. There is nothing that a Spanish beauty is proud of, than a small and beautiful foot and ankle, and nowhere do you find more of those charms than in Spain.

A great cause of thick ankles among women of the cities, who are fashionably and genteelly brought up, is a want of exercise and sitting indolently in over heated rooms. Such habits are quite sure to produce slight swellings of the ankles, and cause a chronic flabbiness of the muscles.

You might as expect to see a rose-bush spring, bud and bloom, in a closely-pent oven, as to anticipate fine and healthy proportions from long continuance of such habits. Let every lady be assured that there is no part of her body which will suffer more from the want of proper exercise than her feet and ankles.

But women’s chief art, in making the most of this portion of her charms, must consist in properly and tastefully dressing them. Let her start with the maxim that she had better wear a bad bonnet, than a bad shoe. Let her believe that an ill- fitting dress will not do so much towards breaking her charm of her beauty in the mind of a man, as a loose and soiled stocking.

The celebrated Madam Vestris used to have her white satin boots sewed on her feet every morning, in order that they should perfectly fit the exquisite shape of her foot. Of course, they had to ripped off at night, and the same pair could never be worn but once. This famous beauty rejoiced in the reputation of having the handsomest foot of any woman in the world, and it was said that she made more conquests wither feet than her face, beautiful as it was.

If a lady has not a naturally beautiful foot, her care is directed to the means of preventing attention from being called to it. For this reason, she dresses it as neatly, but soberly as possible. Her hope is in a plain black shoe, and especially eschews all gay colors, and all ornaments, which would be sure to attract the eye to spot of which she cannot be proud. Indeed, bright-colored shoes are a bad taste for any body, except on certain brilliant occasions, where fancy dresses are worn.

Above all things, every lady of taste avoids an ornamented stocking. Stockings with open-wove, ornamented insteps, denote a vulgar taste, and, instead displaying a fine proportion, confuse the contour of a pretty foot. But, where the ankle is rather large, or square, a pretty, unobtrusive net clock, of the same color as the stocking, will be a useful advice, and induce the beholder to believe in the perfect symmetry of the parts.

Though a woman is to be fully conscious of the charm of a pretty foot and ankle, yet she must not seem to be so. Nothing will draw the laugh on her so quick as a manifestly designed exhibition of these parts. It is, no doubt, a very difficult thing for a lady who has a fine foot to keep it from creeping forth into sight beneath the dress; but, let her be sure that the charm is gone the moment the beholder detects it is done designedly. If men are not modest themselves, they will never forgive a woman if she is not.

Before leaving this subject, I must not forget to speak of the importance to a lady of a genteel and sprightly walk. The practised eye detects the quality of a woman’s mind and heart in her step. Nor is this an idle fancy, for the reason that every situation of the soul, every internal movement, has its regular progression, in the external action of the body. We may say Seneca makes the wife of Hercules say Lychas-

 ”His mind is like his walk.”

 An indistinct, shuffling, irregular, sluggish, and slovenly walk is a tolerably sure sign of corresponding attributes of the soul. And, on the other hand, an affected, pert, vain, and pedantic step draws upon a woman the worst impressions from the opposite gender. But there is a remarkable charm in a walk characterized by blended dignity and vivacity. It leaves upon the beholder a lasting impression of those attributes of mind which most surely awaken esteem and admiration.

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A BEAUTIFUL HAND

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A beautiful hand performs a great mission in the life of a belle. Indeed, the hand has a language of its own, which is often most intelligible when the tongue and every other part of the human body is compelled to be mute.

When timid lovers, have never dared to open their mouths to each other, their hands will get together and express all the passion that glows within. Or often when two lovers are annoyed by the presence of a rigid mother, or guardian, they secretly squeeze each others hands, which says, loud enough for their hearts to hear, “what a pity we are not alone!” And, when parting in the presence of the crowd, how much is said, how much promised in that gentle pressure of the hands! When a lady lets her fingers softly linger in the palm of a gentleman, what else does to say but, “you have my heart already.”

But besides this secret and potent language of the hand, it is a great ornament as a thing of beauty. The great Petrarch confesses that Laura’s “beautiful hand made captive his heart;” and there is no woman who is conscious of the power she has in the possession of a charming hand. The Spanish ladies take, if possible more pains with their hands than their faces. There is no end of the tricks to which they resort to render this organ delicate and beautiful. Some of these devices are not only painful, but exceedingly ridiculous. For instance, I have known some of them to sleep every night with their hands held up to the bed posts by pulleys, hoping by that means to render them pale and delicate. Both Spanish and French women- those at least who are very particular to make most of these charms- are in the habit of sleeping in gloves which are lined or plastered over with a kind of pomade to improve the delicacy and complexion of their hands. This paste is generally made of the following ingredients.

Take half a pound of soft soap, a gill of salad oil, an ounce of mutton tallow, and boil them till they are thoroughly mixed. After the boiling has ceased, but before it is cold, add one gill of spirits of wine, and a grain of musk.

If any lady wishes to try this she can buy a pair of gloves three to four sizes larger than the hand, rip them open and spread on a thin layer of the paste, and then sew the gloves up again. There is no doubt that by wearing them every night they will give smoothness and a fine complexion to the hands. Those who have the means, can send to Paris and purchase them ready made. But I am not aware that they have been imported to this country. It will not surprise me, however, to learn that they have been, for fashionable ladies are remarkably quick at finding out the tricks which the belles elsewhere resort to for the purpose of beautifying themselves. Sleeping in simple white kid gloves will make the skin of the hand white and soft. Of course, no lady who wishes to be particular about her hands will ever go out into the air without gloves.

It requires almost as much labour and attention to keep the hands in order as it does to preserve the beauty of the face; taking care of the nails, alone, is an art which few women understand, for eight out of ten of even fashionable ladies always appear with their nails neither tastefully trimmed nor otherwise in good condition. The nail, properly managed, will be smooth, transparent and nearly rose-colored.

If the hands are inclined to be rough and to chap, the following wash will remedy the evil.

Lemon juice………………………8oz

White wine vinegar……………….8oz

White brandy………………………1/2 pint.

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BEAUTIFUL MOUTH AND LIPS

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The beauty of the mouth and lips has been a rapturous theme for lovers and poets, ever since the world began. Old Hafez, the great poet of Persia, sang perpetually of

 “Lips that outblush the ruby’s red,With luscious dews of sweetness fed”

Even Petrarch seems to have found no charm in the divine Laura greater than her “beautiful and angelical mouth.” “La belle bocca angelica!” he exclaims. And so Dante found inexpressible delight in the charming mouth of Beatrice, especially when it said “yes.” “Thus,” says he, “it is my remembrance of that mouth of hers which spurs me on ever, since there is nothing which I would not give to hear say, with a perfect good will, a “yes.”

Yes, it is the sentiment or emotion that lingers about the mouth that constitutes much of the beauty. A mouth perpetually contracted as though it were about to say no, or curled up with passions of sarcasm and ill-nature, cannot be beautiful, even though its lips were chiselled like Diana’s, and stained with the red of the ripest cherries.

The mouth, indeed, is scarcely less expressive than the eyes, and therefore woman must forget that its chief beauty consists in the expression. If a lady is anxious to have her mouth look particularly charming for some particular occasion, she will do well to fill her thoughts with some very delightful subject. And let her not forget that the muscles of the mouth and face are, like the rest of human nature, “creature of habit;” and long use in the language of amiability and happiness, gives that expressive organ its greatest charm. An Old Persian port sings to his beloved:

 

The language anger prompts I bear;
If kind thy speech, I bless my fair;
But, is it fit that words of gall
From lovely lips, like thine, should fall?”

 Let every woman at once understand that paint can do nothing for the mouth and lips. The advantage gained by the artificial red is a thousand times more than lost by the sure destruction of that delicate charm associated with the idea of “nature’s dewy lip.” There can be no dew on the painted lip. And there is no man who does not shrink back with disgust from the idea of kissing a pair of painted lips.

Nor let any woman deceive herself with the idea that the men do not instantly detect paint on the lips. Ruby lips are generally the result and ensign of perfect health. But, still, those who are entirely well do not always enjoy the possession of cherry lips. Where this is the case, the tincture of benzoin, as described in another article, and which has none of the properties of paint, may be used with beneficial effects. I need not remind the ladies that clean white teeth are indispensable to a beautiful mouth. The lady who neglects to brush her teeth with pure cold water after every meal, not only loses the benefit of the natural whiteness of her teeth but she renders herself liable to have the disgusting evil of an impure breath. The best tooth-powder I know of its made as follows:

 Prepared chalk………………………6oz
Cassia powder……………………….1/2 oz
Orris-root…………………………….1oz

These should be thoroughly mixed and used once a day with a firm brush.

A simple mixture of charcoal and cream of tartar is an excellent tooth powder. To be sure of a sweet and clean looking mouth, a lady should take her looking glass after every meal and with a fine tooth-pick gently remove the particles of food, or any matter, which may be discovered about the roots of the teeth, or in the interstices. To ensure the great charm of a beautiful mouth requires unremitting attention to the health of the teeth and gums. To keep the gums red and firm frequent friction with the brush will be necessary.

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BEAUTIFUL EYES

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The eyes have been called the “windows of the soul,” and all that I have said in another part of this book of the influence of the passions on the beauty or deformity of the face, applies with peculiar force in this place. Nowhere will ill-nature and bad passions show themselves so glancingly as in the eyes.

Whenever we find out what the soul is, we look straightway into its “windows.” If they close upon us, or turn away, we are forced to conclude that all is not right within. On the other hand, where we see frank, happy, laughing eyes, we naturally believe that amiability, sincerity, and truth are in the heart. It is not so much the color or size of the eyes, as it is their expression that makes them beautiful.

There is no more wretched deformity to a woman than a certain unnatural and studied languishing of the eyes, which vain and silly woman sometimes effect. I have read that when Sir Peter Lely painted a celebrated belle, who had the sweet peculiarity of a long languishing eye, no fashionable lady for a long time appeared in public who did not effect the soft sleepiness and tender slow moving look of Sir Peter’s picture. The result, of course, was that queer leers and squints everywhere met a gentleman’s gaze in the distorted faces of the fair. There is no one of the beautiful organs of woman that need to be left entirely to the unconstrained art of nature as the eye. Let the woman believe that all the tricks played with the eyes, are absurd and ruinous to beauty. It once happened in Turkey that the monarch expressed his great admiration for “large and dark- lashed eyes.” From that hour, all the fair slaves on whom nature had not bestowed the wild stag-eye in sable ringlets rolling,” set to work to supply the deficiency with circles of antimony. Thousands of beautiful women must have frightfully distorted themselves. There is, almost invariable, a lovely harmony between the color of the eyes and its fringes and the complexion of a woman, which cannot be broken up by art without an insult to nature. The fair complexion is generally accompanied with blue eyes, light hair, and light eyebrows and eye- lashes. The delicacy of one feature is preserved, in effect and beauty, by the corresponding softness of the other. But take this fair creature, and draw a black line over her softly tinctured eyes, strain their beamy fringes with a sombre hue, and how frightfully have you mutilated nature! On the other hand, a brunette with light eye-brows would be a caricature of a beautiful woman. If a woman has the misfortune from disease, or otherwise, to have deficient eye-brows, she may delicately supply the want, as far as she can, with artificial pencilling; but, in doing this, she must scrupulously follow nature and make the color of her pencilling to correspond with her complexion. The eastern woman, many of whom have large dark eyes, have great skill in pencilling the eye so to add to its natural power; but have witnessed ridiculous failures in such tricks, even there. The Turkish and Circassian women use henna for pencilling the eyes. Among the Arabs of the desert, the women blacken the edge of their eye-lids with a black powder, and draw a line round the eye with it, to make the organ appear large. Large black eyes are the standard of beauty among nearly all eastern women.

The Spanish ladies have the custom of squeezing orange juice into their eyes to make them brilliant. The operation ia a little painful for a moment, but there is no doubt that it does cleanse the eye, and impart to it, a remarkable brightness. But the best recipe for bright eyes is to keep good hours. Just enough regular natural sleep is the great enkindler of “woman’s most charming light.”

And before I close the chapter, let me warn you ladies against the use of white veils. Scarcely anything can strain and jade and injure the eye more than this practice. There is reason to believe that the sight sometimes become permanently injured by them.

It is within the power of almost every lady to have long and strong eye-lashes by simply chipping with scissors, the point of the hair once in five or six weeks.

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A beautiful bosom.

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I am aware that this is a subject which must be handled with great delicacy; but my advice would be incomplete without some notice of this “greatest claim of lovely woman.” And, besides, it is undoubtedly true, that a proper discussion of this subject will seem peculiar only to the most vulgar minded of both sexes. If it be true, as the old poet sung, that

“Heaven rests on those two heaving hills of snow,”

Why should not a woman be suitably instructed in the right management of such extraordinary charms?

The first thing to be impressed upon the mind of a lady is, that very low-necked dresses are in exceeding bad taste, and are quite sure to leave upon the mind  of a gentleman an equivocal idea, to sat the least. A word to the wise on this subject is sufficient. If a young lady has no father, or brother, or husband to direct her taste in this matter, she will do well to sit down and commit the above statement to memory.

It is a charm which a woman, who understands herself, will leave not to the public eye of a man, but to his imagination. She knows that modesty is the divine spell that binds the heart of man to her forever. But my observation has taught me that a few women are well informed as to the physical management of this part of their bodies.

The bosom, which nature has formed with exquisite symmetry in itself, and admirable adaption to the parts of the figure to which it is united, is often transformed into a shape, and transplanted to a place, which deprive it of its original beauty and harmony with the rest of the person. This deforming metamorphosis is effected by means of stiff stays, or corsets, which force the part out of its natural position, and destroys the natural tension and firmness in which so much consists.

A young lady should be instructed that she is not to allow even her own hand to press it too roughly. But, above all things, to avoid, especially when young, the constant pressure of such hard substances as whalebone and steel; for, besides the destruction to beauty, they are liable to produce all the terrible consequences of absceses and cancers. Even the paddling which ladies use to give a full appearance, where there is a deficient bosom, is sure, in a little time, to entirely destroy all the natural beauty of the parts.

As soon as it becomes apparent that the bosom lacks the rounded fullness due to the rest of her form, instead of trying to repair the deficiency with artificial padding, it should be clothed a loosely as possible, so to avoid the least artificial pressure. Not only its growth is stopped, but its complexion is spoiled by these tricks. Let the growth of this beautiful part to be left as unconfined as the young cedar, or as the lily of the field. And for that reason the bodice should be flexible to the motion of the body and the undulations of the shape. The artificial india-rubber bosoms are not only ridiculous contrivances, but they are absolutely ruinous to the beauty of the part.

The following preparation, very softly rubbed upon the bosom for five to ten minutes, two or three times a day has been used with success to promote growth.

Tincture of myrrh…………………………1/2 oz

Pimpernel water…………………………..4oz.

Elder-flower water………………………..4oz.

Musk………………………………………1gr

Rectified spirits of wine…………………..6oz.

 

If, from sickness, or any other cause, the bosom has lost its beauty by becoming soft, the following was, applied as gently as possible morning and night, will have a most beneficial effect.

Alum water………………………………..1/2 oz.

Strong camomile water……………………1oz

White brandy……………………………   2oz

 

If the whole body is not afflicted with a general decay and flabbiness, the use of this wash for a month or two will be quite sure to produce the happiest effects.

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COSMETICS

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If Satan has ever had any direct agency in inducing woman to spoil or deform her own beauty, it must have been in tempting her to use paints and enamelling.

Nothing so effectually writes memento mori! on the cheek of beauty as this ridiculous and culpable practice. Ladies ought to know that it is a sure spoiler of the skin, and good taste ought to teach them that it is a frightful distorter and deformer of the natural beauty of the “human face divine.”

The greatest charm of beauty is in the expression of a lovely face, in those divine flashes of joy, and good-nature, and love; which beam in the human countenance. But what expression can there be in “a face bedaubed with white paint and enamelled? No flush of pleasure, no thrill of hope, no light of love can shine through the encrusted mould.” Her face is as expressionless as that of a painted mummy.

Let no woman imagine that the men do not readily detect this poisonous mask upon the skin. Many a time have I seen a gentleman shrink from saluting a brilliant lady, as though it was a death’s head he was compelled to kiss. The secret was, that her face and lips were bedaubed with paints. All white paints are not only destructive to the skin, but they are ruinous to the health. I have known paralytic affections and premature death to be traced to their use. But alas! I am afraid that there never was a time when many of the gay and fashionable of my sex, did not make themselves both contemptible and ridiculous by this disgusting trick.

The ancient ladies seem to have outdone even the modern belles in this painting business. The terrible old Juvenal draws the following picture of one of the flirts of his day:

 But tell me yet; this thing, thus daubed and oiled,
Poulticed, plastered, baked and turns, and boiled,
Thus with pomatums, ointments, lacquered o’er,
Is it a face, Usidius, or a sore?

 But it is proper to remark, that what has been said against white paints and enamels does not apply with equal force to use the rough. Rouging still leaves the neck and more than three-quarters of the face to their natural complexion, and the language of the heart, expressed by the general complexion, is not obstructed.

A little vegetable rouge tinging the cheek of a beautiful woman, who, from ill health or an anxious mind, loses her roses, may be excusable; and so transparent is the texture of such rouge (if unadulterated with lead) that when the blood does mount to the face, it speaks through the slight covering, and enhances the fading bloom. But even this allowable artificial aid must be used with the most delicate taste, and discretion.

The tint on the cheek should always be fainter than what nature’s pallet would have painted. A violently rouged woman is a disgusting sight. The excessive red on the face gives coarseness to every feature, and a general fierceness to the countenance, which transforms the elegant lady of fashion into vulgar harridan. But, in no case, can even rouge be used by ladies who have passed the age of life when roses are natural to the cheek. A roughed old woman is a horrible sight-a distortion of nature’s harmony!

Excessive use of a powder is also a vulgar trick. None but the very finest powder is also a vulgar trick. None but the very finest powder should ever be used, and the lady should be especially careful that sufficient is not left upon the face to be noticeable to the eye of a gentlemanc Ladies sometimes catch their powder, and rub it on in a hurry, without even stopping to look in the mirror, and go into company with their faces looking as though they just came out of a meal-bag. It is a ridiculous sight, and ladies may be sure it is disgusting to gentlemen.

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HABITS WHICH DESTROY THE COMPLEXION

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There are many disorders of the skin which are induced by culpable ignorance, which owe their origin entirely to circumstances connected with fashion or habit. The frequent and sudden changes in this country from heat to cold, by abruptly exciting or repressing the secretions of the skin, roughen its texture, injure its hue, and often deform it with unseemly eruptions.

And many of the fashions of dressing the head are still more inimical to the complexion, than the climate. The habit the ladies have of going into the open air without a bonnet, and often without a veil, is a ruinous one for the skin. Indeed, the fashion of the ladies bonnets, which only cover a few inches of the back of the head, is a great tax upon the beauty of the complexion. In this climate, especially, the head and face need protection from the atmosphere.

Not only the woman’s beauty, but her health requires that she should never step into the open air, particularly in autumnal evenings, without a sufficient covering to her head. And, if she regards the beauty of her complexion, she must never go out into the hot sun without her veil.

The custom, common among ladies, of drying the perspiration from their faces by powdering, or of cooling them when they are hot, from exposure to the sun or dancing, by washing with cold water, is most destructive to the complexion, and not infrequently spreads a humor over the faces which renders its hideous forever.

A little common sense ought to teach a woman that, when she is overheated, she ought to allow herself to cool gradually; and, by all means, to avoid going into the air, or allowing a draught through to an open door, or window, to blow upon her while she is thus heated. If she will not attend to these rules, she will be unfortunate, saying nothing about her beauty, if her life does not pay the penalty of her thoughtlessness.

Ladies ought also to know that excessive heat is as bad as excessive cold for the complexion, and often causes distempers of the skin, which are difficult of cure. Look at the rough and dingy face of the desert-wondering gipsy, and you behold the effects of exposure to alternate heats and colds.

To remedy the rigidity of the muscles of the face, and to cure any roughness which may be induced by daily exposure, the following wash may be applied with almost certain relief;

 

Mix two parts of white brandy with one part of rose water, and wash the face with it night and morning.

The brandy keeps up a gentle action of the skin, which is so essential to its healthy appearance, also thoroughly cleanses the surface, while the rose-water counteracts the drying nature of the brandy, and leaves the skin in a natural, soft, and flexible state,

At a trifling expense, a lady may provide herself with a delightful wash for the face, which is a thousand times better than the expensive lotions which she purchases at the apothecaries. Besides, she has the advantage of knowing what she is using, which is far from being the case where she buys the prepared patent lotions. These preparations are generally put up by ignorant quacks and pretenders; and I have known the most loathsome, beauty-destroying, indolent ulcers to be produced by the use of them.

The following is a recipe for making another wash for the face, which is a favourite with the ladies of France.

Take equal parts of seeds of the melon pumpkin, gourd and cucumber, pounded till they are reduced to powder; add to it sufficient fresh cream to dilate the flour, and then add milk enough to reduce the whole to a  thin paste. Add a grain of musk, and a few drops of oil of lemon. Anoint the face with this, leave it on for twenty ot thirty minutes, or overnight if convenient, and wash off with warm water. It gives a remarkable purity and brightness to the complexion.

A fashionable beauty at St. Petersburgh gave me a following recipe for a wash, which imparts a remarkable lustre to the face, and is the greatest favourite of a Russian lady’s bathroom.

Infuse a handful of well sifted wheat bran for four hours in a white wine vinegar; add to it five yolks of eggs and two grains of musk, and distill the whole. Bottle it; keep it carefully corked, fifteen days, when it will be fit for use. Apply it overnight, and wash in the morning with tepid water.

Pimpernal Water is a sovereign wash with the ladies all over the continent of Europe, for whitening the complexion. All they do to prepare it is simply to steep that wholesome plant in pure rain water. It is such a favourite that it is regarded as almost indispensable to a lady’s toilet, who is particularly attentive the brightness of her complexion.

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Beautiful Skin Tips for the Complexion

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Though it is true that a beautiful mind is the first thing requisite for a beautiful face, yet how much more charming will the whole become through the aid of a fine complexion?

It is not easy to overrate the importance of complexion. The features of a Juno with a dull skin would never fascinate. The forehead, the nose, the lips, may all be faultless in size and shape; but still, they can hardly look beautiful without the aid of a bright complexion.

Even the finest eyes lose more than half their power, if they are surrounded by an inexpressive complexion. It is in coloring or complexion that the artist shows his great skill in giving expression to the face.

Overlooking entirely the matter of vanity, it is the woman’s duty to use all the means in her power to beautify and preserve her complexion. It is fitting that the “index of the soul” should be kept clean and bright and beautiful as possible.

All that I have said in chapters in the previous articles will apply also to the subject of this one. A stomach frequently crowed with greasy food, or with artificial stilulants of any kind, will in a short time spoil the brightest complexion. All excesses tend to do the same thing. Frequent ablution with pure water, followed by gentle and frequent rubbing with a dry napkin, is one of the best cosmetics ever employed.

It is amusing to reflect upon the tricks which vain beauties will resort to in order to obtain this paramount aid to female charms. Nor is it any wonder that woman should exhaust all her resources in this pursuit, for her face is such a public thing, that there is no hiding the least deformity in it. She can, to some extent, hide an ugly neck, or shoulder, or hand, or foot-but there is no hiding-place for an ugly face.

I knew many fashionable ladies in Paris who used to bind their faces, every night on going to bed, with thin slices of raw beef, which said to keep the skin from wrinkles, while it gives a youthful freshness and brilliancy to the complexion. I have no doubt of its efficacy. The celebrated Madam Vestris used to sleep every night with her face plastered up with a kind of paste to ward off the threatening wrinkles, and keep her charming complexion from fading. I will give the recipe for making the Vestris’ paste for the benefit of any of my readers whose looking-glass warns them the dimness and wrinkles of age are extinguishing the roses of youth:

The whites of four eggs boiled in rose-water, half an oz of alum, half an oz of oil of sweet almonds; beat the whole together till it assumes the consistence of a paste.

The above, spread upon a silk or muslin mask, and worn at night, will not only keep back the wrinkles and preserve the complexion fair, but it is a great remedy where the skin becomes too loosely attached to the muscles, as it gives firmness to the parts. When I was last in Paris (1857) I was shown a recent invention of ready made masks for the face, composed of fine thick white silk, lined, or plastered, with some kind of fard, or paste, which is designed to beautify and preserve the complexion. I do not know the component parts of this preparation; but I doubt if it is any better that the recipe which was given to me by Madam Vestris, and which I have given above. This trick is entirely French that there is little danger of its getting into general practice in this country. In Bohemis I have seen the ladies flock to arsenic springs and drink the waters, which gave their skins a transparent whiteness; but there is a terrible penalty attached to this folly; for when once they habituate themselves to the practice, they are obliged to keep it up the rest of their days, or death would speedily follow. The beauties of the court of George I. were in the habit of taking minute doses of quicksilver to obtain a white and fair complexion; and I have read in Pepys’s Diary of some ridiculous scenes which occurred at dancing parties from this practice. Some young girls of the present day sometimes eat such things as chalk, slate, and tea grounds to give themselves a white complexion. I have no doubt that this is a good way to get a pale complexion; for it destroys the health, and surely drives out of the natural roses of beauty, and instead of a bright complexion produces a wan and sickly one. Every young girl ought early to be impressed that whatever destroys health spoils her beauty.

The most remarkable wash for the face which I have ever known, which is said to have known to the beauties of the court of Charles II, Is made of a simple tincture of benzoin precipitated by water. All you have to do in preparing it is to take a small piece of gum benzoin and boil it in spirits of wine till it becomes a rich tincture. Fifteen drops of this, poured into a glass of water, will produce a mixture which will look like milk, and emits a most agreeable perfume.

This delightful wash seems to have the effect of calling the purple streams of the blood to the external fibres of the face and gives the cheeks a beautiful rosy color. If left on the face to dry, it will render the skin clear and brilliant. It is also an excellent remedy for spots, freckles, pimples, and eruptions, if they have not been of long standing.

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