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Graeve, Oscar (ed.) / Delineator
Vol. 119, No. 1 (July, 1931)

Cole, Celia Caroline
Sun, sea and city streets,   pp. 34-35 PDF (1.0 MB)

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Here is an article that solves all your summer beauty problems. And it's
immensely important-this business of caring for your skin in town or country.
Learn the value and the danger of sunlight, and the newest summer make-up
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T IS easy enough, said Emerson, to be yourself when
you are all alone; the difficult thing is to keep your
poise and clarity, your gay, understanding outlook
when you are in the midst of a crowd. All the external
noises clanging against the silence which lies always deep
within you-that blessed, high silence that keeps you
sane. all the impressions that fly against you until you
feel like an over-exposed plate-all these things confuse
you and trip you until you are not yourself at all but an
uncontrollable person that they have created. And that's
no fun. You need yourself if you're going to wangle life
And in the same way, it is quite a simple matter on a
summer's day when the sun is not too hot and there's a
flirtatious, cool little breeze, and you are rolling along in
your car, or sitting by a rill and a rhododendron on the
top of a mountain, or lying with your toes teasing the
edge of the sea, or, in a frill of a frock and a wide, devas-
tatingly becoming hat, trailing through your garden
like an enchanted peacock-it's easy enough to be as
lovely as a lady whom a poet has made with words.
But it's something else again when you're sitting in a
stilling office all on a July day, or trudging along the hot
street, or playing tennis under a blistering sun, or sunning
on the beach with no knowledge of how to keep your nose
pure and undefiled in spite of violet rays on their home
There is a definite technique in the keeping of a mid-
summer lady. If she is at the seashore, she will need
I.lparations that she won't need at all in town; if she
at the mountains and her skin is inclined to be dry,
will need more nourishing cream than at the seashore
in town; and if she is in town, the care of her skin
ani hair are still another matter. So here we go.
At the sea, one has soft air, mists and fogs, very little
<iirt and smoke-you get back to Nature and she pats you
ii the back and coddles you and is as pleased as Punch
with you. This is the kind of air she meant you to func-
tion in when she built you. At once your skin and hair
begin to behave better-unless you expose them to a
brutal sun. Skin will adapt itself to almost anything-
Just as you will-but you have to give it time. Think
how long Nature took to bring us up out of being huge,
unthinking forms that swam the sea into these dapper,
mental creatures we are now!
So, when you first come from town to the sea, don't
spread yourself out in the sun and feel all the world is
your friend. The sun isn't. Nor the wind. Spread your
soul out without a thing over it-that's enough at the
start. On arrival, use lots of soap and water or a good,
strong liquid cleanser to get out all the dirt that city
streets and trains and open motor-roads have been sifting
in on you. And then use oils and nourishing creams
lavishly until your skin has grown more used to sun and
wind. Until the adjustment period is over and you see
your skin taking on that lovely alive look of well-being,
use a protective cream whenever you are out-especially
on the beach, or the golf course, or sailing and long motor
trips. Every night a nourishing cream or oil should be
patted lightly in before you go to bed, if you want to
look fresh and soft and flexible during the day. Let it
stay on for a half hour or fifteen minutes until most of
it is absorbed, then wipe off lightly with a cleansing
tissue, so that when you drift off into the deep, beautiful
sleep that sea air ought to give you, your skin is exposed
to this beneficial air and can breathe it in, all night long.
Think of the leathery skins of sailors and ponder on
what sea and wind and sun can do to the skin if nobody
comes to its rescue-old and wrinkled and leathery and
forever tough! Don't make any mistake-all this fun of
tanning and no fussing with skin in summer ages your
skin and coarsens it and thickens it like everything!
FOR daytime protection, use a protective cream or
lotion. Cleanse first-and for ladies at the seashore
who have naturally dry skins, use the least drying liquid
cleanser. Liquid cleansers are so exactly right for
summer-sea, mountains, and city streets-so light and
gay, easy to use, and stimulating both to the skin and to
one's feelings. Or, if you prefer cream, use your cream,
then your tonic-by all means the tonic so that no soiled
cream is left in the pores-and then your protective
cream; or if the skin is really quite dry, a ten-minute
oil application before putting on the protective cream.
Normal and oily skins have their beloved soap and
water-lukewarm water and a mild soap, then lots and
lots of cold water for its tonic effect.
There is a cream that will keep (Turn to page 50,
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