Exercises for Women

Exercises for Women

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... or almond oil rubbed into the skin after the bath (and rubbed off again if it is not readily absorbed) is very soothing and allays the nervous irritation which is often felt under the circumstances with the too frequent use of water. In fact, the oil-rub may well be substituted occasionally for the water bath under such conditions, for oil generously applied and rubbed off again thoroughly with a soft towel will be found in itself very cleansing. In dry weather or a dry climate, the more the skin is washed, the dirtier it seems to get, and this is not altogether imaginary, for frequent washing dries the natural oil out of the skin and roughens it so that it only catches dirt the more readily. Again, in regions where the water is hard, people may bathe religiously once a day or oftener, and yet have skins that are fairly gray with clogged pores, showing that the exudations have not been dissolved and washed away. It is not an uncommon thing to wash the face and, as one dries it, to have the feeling that it has been smeared over with a thin coat of varnish, especially if one has been so misguided as to use a little soap. A little almond meal (unseented), borax, or ordinary baking soda used with hard water, though somewhat sparingly in order not to dry the skin, will act as a solvent and make the bath more cleansing. Briefly, the matter stands thus--that ordinary bathing is not bathing under all circumstances and in all climates, that the main purpose of the bath is to cleanse the skin and to keep the pores free; that water alone will not always accomplish this, for all people alike, and that there are other ways of keeping the skin in order besides getting into a tub. This does not mean that the tub bath is to be given up altogether. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236922859
  • 9781236922854