Bathe often: At least once a week, but if possible, a lady should “take a plunge or sponge bath three times a week.”
Don’t wash your hair: Water is “injurious” to the hair. Instead, wipe “the dust of the previous day” away on a towel. You can also brush your hair during any long, idle breaks in the day. 30 minutes is a good hair-brushing session.
And never, ever wash your face: Simply rub the skin with “an ointment of glycerine” and “dry with a chamois-skin or cotton flannel.” One “beautiful lady” is admired who had “not washed her face for three years, yet it is always clean, rosy, sweet and kissable.”
I think I prefer spending time with one of today's ladies. You can read more 1889 beauty "hints" at http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/140115
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