Besides having a handsome form, which you now know how to acquire if you read my last post, a beautiful lady must also have luminous skin. After all, the idea behind having a nice figure is to get men to come close enough to touch you. It would be a real deal-breaker if your skin was found to be course and dingy.
Lola instructs that the secret of beautiful skin is actually three things: temperance, exercise, and cleanliness.
Temperance means being realistic about your idea of “moderation.” Don’t make the mistake of staying out too late and getting too little sleep. Also, pay attention to what you eat; not so much the quantity, but the quality of your food. That’s what matters. “Take, for instance, only strong coffee and hot bread and butter, and you have a diet which is most destructive to beauty. The heated grease is sure to derange the stomach. After this meal comes the long fast from nine in the morning till five or six in the afternoon, when dinner is served, and the half-famished beauty sits down to sate her appetite with peppered soups, fish, roast, boiled, broiled, and fried meat; game, tarts, sweet-meats, ices, fruits, etc, etc, etc. How does the heated complexion bear witness to the combustion within?” I think what Lola’s trying to get at here is to eat a little more often, and stick to smaller portions. Plus, it never hurts to factor in a few more vegetables with all that meat and greasy bread.
When it comes to exercise, Lola made her position quite clear in the last post, “How To Obtain A Handsome Form.” She reiterates her advice in the discussion of skin care. When a woman fails to exercise, “the firm texture of the rounded form gives way to a flabby softness, or yields to a scraggy leanness, or shapeless fate.” When that happens, the poor dear must then turn to padding, cinchers, and camouflage to “compress into form the swelling chaos of flesh.” Not to mention the color of the skin; it can take on a pale tone from lack of circulation, or an unhealthy, bloated redness that must not be mistaken for a peaches-and-cream glow.
Cleanliness is simple. All you have to do is be sure to take a tepid bath every day, especially if you live in the city. This is the closely held secret of the courtesans of the Far East. In doing so, you will remove unsightly properties from the surface of your skin as well as avoid illness which can rob you of your radiance.
Lola wasn’t yet acquainted with Bloody Marys, but if she had been, she would have loved this lightening, tightening, brightening facial. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Combined with the exfoliating properties of salt and the brightening abilities of lemon, this is a sure-fire way to get baby-soft skin.
In a glass dish, mix together:
2 tablespoons celery salt
1 tablespoon tomato juice
Juice of 1 lemon
Spread gently all over your face, neck, and decolletage. Also works on rough elbows, knees, and heels. Wait five minutes, then rinse off. Follow with moisturizer.
How is your skin surviving the winter? Got a tip to share? Leave a comment below!