Cosmetics For The Face
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
For a very fine one, (see face wash), Mrs. Chase's following treatment of pimpled face, etc.: Put flake-white, 1/2 oz., in bay rum and water, each 2 ozs., and applied after shaking, to the face, with a piece of soft flannel, and when dry, wiped or rubbed off where too much white shows, is excellent. But I have much faith in the old lady's only cosmetic, given next below:
2. An Old Lady's Only Cosmetic. "The only cosmetic I have used," said an old lady, "is a flannel wash-cloth." For forty years I have bathed, my face every night and morning with clear water as hot as I can bear it, using for the purpose a small square of flannel, renewed as often as it grows thick and felt-like. My mother taught me to do this, as her mother had done before her. No soap nor powder, nor glycerine even, has touched my face, and this is what my skin is at 60," she finished, touching with pardonable pride a cheek: whose peachy bloom and fine soft texture gave effective emphasis to the recipe.
Remarks. This bathing of the face and neck with the hot water every night and morning, with a good rubbing with the flannel, certainly brings the blood to the surface, and what is there so nice as the beautiful carnation of a lady's cheek and lips, who has never spoiled God's beautiful arrangement for this beauty with pinky powders, or the swarthy liquids, in her attempt to outdo nature's handiwork. The pale and sickly may be excused for trying to imitate it, but the healthy and naturally beautiful cannot be excused in their attempts to beat it. It cannot be done, no matter how skillfully it may be tried.
Hair to Bleach, or Color a Blonde:—"A. L. B." of Paragon, Ind., says to the Blade: Please give a recipe for coloring the hair blonde. I have tried a good many things and have not succeeded; to which they gave the following: Mix in 10 ozs. of distilled water (pure rain water will do; but druggists keep distilled water, and it costs but little), acetate of iron and nitrate of silver, each 1 oz., with nitrate of bismuth, 2 ozs. Moisten the hair with this mixture and, 1 hour after, touch it with a mixture of equal parts of sulphide of potassium and distilled water.
Remarks.—From my knowledge of the nature of the articles, I haven't a doubt of its success; but not wishing to change my white locks to a beautiful blonde, I have not tried it. To give the hair a glossiness after its use, apply some of the dressings before mentioned.