As nothing is so detrimental to beauty as fatigue, the American woman, no matter how busy her day, contrives to get a certain amount of rest before dressing for dinner at night. She divests herself of stays and all constricting garments, and donning a loose peignoir, lies flat on her chest for as long a time as she can spare. This is the prescription of an eminent woman's physician. Without going into detail, the efficacy of this position can be comprehended readily when one reflects on the relation of the various vital organs and their position in regard to the spine, and how this attitude relieves, for the time, the pressure on the backbone. How to Improve the Neck
Conspicuous "salt-cellars" and prominent shoulder-blades are seldom seen in an American woman. If she has not naturally a good neck and properly poised body, she follows a few simple exercises and soon remedies her shortcomings.
It should be noted whether the ear, shoulder, and hip are in a line, as this will prove whether or no the body is properly balanced. This ascertained, put the heels together, exhale the breath, then inhale it slowly - without raising the shoulders - with arms outstretched to the height of the chest. Bring them back slowly as far as they will go, then return, exhaling as the palms come together in front.
In the same position breathe out, inhale, and with arms straight and palms flat in front, slowly raise them straight over the head as far as they will go, then return to first position, exhaling the breath.
A third movement, not to be surpassed for the bringing out of a flat chest and relegating the shoulder-blades to their proper position, is the following: Stretch out the arms straight in front, with hands clenched; then bring the elbows to the sides with some force.
If these exercises are carried out faithfully twice a day, it is not possible to retain a bad carriage or bony, unattractive neck. The Teeth
Most American women take great care to preserve their teeth, and pay a visit to the dentist every four to six months. They never use a really stiff brush, nor are they guilty of employing a tooth-powder the ingredients of which they are ignorant. They generally have recourse to a prescription recommended or put up by their own dentists. An excellent tonic and cleanser is the following:
Pulverised camphor Pulverised Peruvian bark . . Bole Armenia Prepared chalk......
1 oz. 1/4 oz. 1/4 oz. 1 oz.
No powder or mixture should be used oftener than once a day, though the teeth should be brushed after every meal. The Hair Hygienic principles are carefully carried out by the American woman in the care of her usually luxuriant hair. For some time each day she permits it to hang perfectly loose, unrestrained by a single hair-pin. Then she massages the scalp with the extreme tips of her fingers, performing this whenever possible in the air, or near an open window, to give the fresh air access to every part of the scalp. A blonde gives all the sun she can to her hair, as the rays act as a natural bleach, but the brunette is wary of letting the brilliant light directly upon her dark locks, as it will fade them. The American woman does not shampoo her hair oftener than every three or four weeks, particularly if her scalp is inclined to be dry. Below is a good tonic to be used after a shampoo:
Oil of rosemary......
Oil of thyme ......
Oil of bergamot......
Oil of lemon........
Extract of triple rose
1/8 oz. 1/8 oz. 2 drs. 1 dr. 1 dr.
The hair should not be over-brushed; a few minutes night and morning is sufficient. The Hands
The hand of the American woman is usually well shaped and well kept. A lemon is rubbed into the nails night and morning, thus bleaching them and cleansing them about the cuticle, into which a little cold-cream is massaged before retiring.
Rubbing a few drops of pure glycerine into the hands while they are still wet and soapy, and then thoroughly drying them, will keep them white and soft through the most trying weather. Hands will never chap when treated thus. Loose gloves worn at night keep the hands white.
In the preserving of her good looks the American woman always bears in mind that nothing is so detrimental to beauty as worry and discontent; unpleasant thoughts tend to the relaxing and downward trend of the features. The corners of the mouth droop, and a corresponding sagging ensues everywhere. Impressed with the wisdom of the old adage concerning the assuming of a virtue when we have it not, she makes a point of preserving a happy outward semblance even when the whole world seems out of joint. She remembers to keep the corners of her mouth turned up. In any case, the fines caused by laughter are less disfiguring than those graven by anxiety or ill temper.
The following are good firms for supplying materials, etc.. mentioned in this Section: Messrs. Antipon Co. (Obesity Cure); T. J. Clark (Glycola); Kathryn B. Firmin (Removal of Superfluous Hairs): Oatine Manufacturing Co. (Oatine Preparations); A. & F. Pears, Ltd. (Soap); Mrs. Poineroy, Ltd. (Beauty Specialist).