Archive for July 20th, 2012

How to be Beautiful

July 20, 2012

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How to Be Beautiful.

Would you like to be truly beautiful?

Thoreau says: “We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, and any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.”

So there, now, you sour-visaged, plain-faced people, go along about your business and grow handsome.

— Nixon Waterman, in National Magazine.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Nov 21, 1901

Hot Day Hints

July 20, 2012


Suggestions For Those Who Become Warm and Weary at This Season.

When tired, warm and weary after a day’s outing, do not plunge the face in cold water expecting to be refreshed, or you will be more than disappointed. After the first cooling contact with the water the flesh will smart and burn more uncomfortably than ever. Instead of soothing the overheated skin cold water acts as an irritant, whereas tepid or hot water produces a contrary and desirable effect. After removing the dust and cleansing the pores thoroughly a buttermilk rub will heal, whiten and keep the skin tissues in a healthy condition.

The sun glaring on hot brick and mortar and hot, dusty pavements is very hard on the eyes. Bathing the eyes in tepid rainwater and epsom salts or diluted extract of witch hazel will allay inflammation and rest them wonderfully. A linen cloth moistened in either of these lotions and laid upon the eyes while taking a short siesta will give relief and induce nature’s doctor, “balmy sleep,” to woo the weary brain and tired eyes in restful repose. The same result is obtained by using crushed plantain leaves in a similar manner.

The clammy moisture so annoying may be alleviated by dropping a half teaspoonful of dissolved alum in the water or a few drops of sulphuric acid to render it sour. Lemon juice is also very excellent, removing stains and discolorations as well, and frequent use, with an occasional application of glycerin and rosewater mixed, gives a velvety whiteness to the skin. — Philadelphia Times.

Middletown Daily Argus (Middletown, New York) Jul 10, 1894