Treatment of a Greasy Skin - How and How Not to Take a Bath - The Effect of Swimming on Beauty and the Figure - The Value of Bran Baths and Astringent Lotions satisfactory results will be obtained on a muddy, greasy skin if it is steamed and massaged at night and in the morning, and, instead of being washed, is dabbed with the following lotion:
Then rub with:
Eau de Cologne.....................
Spirits of lavender.................
A Note of Warning
Nature has a way of justifying herself. If you put her out of your consideration, she will put you out of hers. It is wise, therefore, always to remember that she is your best friend. Aid her, do not try either to supplant her or ignore her.
The healthy skin glows under the action of cold water and a fresh wind. It dislikes the hot, dry air of artificially heated rooms, and it rebels against too much steaming or protection by veils, furs, feathers, and heavy clothing.
"The Order of the Bath"
Every famous beauty has made baths the corner-stones of her structure of beauty-culture, and many and Weird have been the concoctions which have been used, or which are said to have been used. But probably the sealed jars of Ninon de L'enclos and Cleopatra were filled with nothing more startling than freshly gathered dew or asses' milk.
It is certain that the efficacy of a beauty-bath depends mainly upon the water. Hard water destroys the bloom of the skin. Soft Water, especially rain-water, cleanses, softens, and brightens the skin, and will restore a bloom which time or ill-health have removed.
The uses of the bath proper are two. The warm bath dissolves the fatty accumulations which clog the pores, and assists the system in forming that rich blood which alone can make a really good complexion.
But the warm bath, since it opens the pores, renders the cold bath an absolute necessity in order that the skin may be made firm, elastic, and fine.
In this connection, it may be fitting to add that swimming is an exercise which has a most beneficial effect upon form and beauty.
Swimming brings into play the muscles and organs of the body, exercising them in such a Way as to develop the form upon beautiful lines. Swimming, moreover, exercises the whole body, and does not develop one set of muscles to the exclusion of the others. Again, it clears the skin, brightens the eyes, straightens the figure, and renders the neck and bosom becomingly curved.
The use of baths with a view to restoring and preserving beauty leads us to more complicated questions.
Many beauty baths are of but doubtful value, and women anxious to improve their looks Will pay prices which are out of proportion to the value of the bath. A scented bath is pleasant, but it is not necessarily beneficial.
Bran baths are probably the best of existing beauty baths.
In order to make one, fill a large.bag with bran, and add a small quantity of powdered orris-root to perfume the water with a violet fragrance. If left for some time in tepid water the bag will render the bath soft, creamy, and pleasant to the touch. A small bag of bran may be used in addition as a cleansing pad. If possible, this bath should be followed by a shower-bath.
As a treatment for delicate skins which are irritated by soap, for oily skins, and in cases of excessive perspiration, this will be found most efficacious.
It is safe to say that there are no "rejuvenating" baths - no matter what their fancy name or price - which can be shown by demonstration to be better than the bath to which has been added some astringent, such as Eau de Cologne, toilet vinegar, or a few drops of cloudy ammonia.
This bath invigorates and renders firm the skin which has become tired or old, and Monin gives an excellent decoction to be used in such a bath: Mix strong vinegar and simple tincture of benzoin in equal parts. Keep the bottle well corked. Use at discretion.
The value, however, of the strawberry, raspberry, or champagne baths of the professional beauty is very small. For the existence of milk baths there is some reason. The application of warm milk soothes the skin, nourishes the tissues, and removes dis-colourations.
Medical baths should be used only under medical advice, but it is well to notice the great value of alkaline and sulphur baths in many disorders of the skin or the blood.
Every bath should be accompanied by friction or massage, for herein lies half the value.
Discretion also must be exercised in the choice of baths. No matter how beneficial in general cold baths may be, more harm than good may be done to a constitution with which such baths do not agree.
Only general rules in these matters can be laid down, and individuals should adapt or reject them according to their own special requirements.
Astringent baths should never be used in conjunction with soap. The effect of doing so Would be most injurious.
But powdered orris root, when it comes in direct contact with many skins, causes irritation, and this should be remembered When taking a bran bath, if the skin is exceptionally irritable or chafed.
This, by the way, is not generally known to mothers and nurses who are fond of violet powder for use after baby's bath. Fuller's earth or starch are simple and nice substitutes for the scented powder - where powder is considered a necessary adjunct. The fact is, that gentle friction and thorough drying are much more beneficial to sensitive skins, and, indeed, mght often be used with almost as good an effect when a bath is not advisable.