I needed a distraction this week, so I decided to revisit our old beauty routines! I never did finish posting about them, but these vintage beauty routines are my favorite. Not only can I look amazing by using them (especially with the emphasis on skincare) but I can also do something that improves my own emotional and mental health (self-care) while I “put a conscious effort into looking attractive, to show respect and regard for my husband and my marriage.” Yay for vintage beauty routines!
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Your 1950s Evening Beauty Routine (Whether You Are a Housewife or a Working Girl)
- Remove all make-up with cream.
- Cream-cleanse or soap-and-water cleanse face.
- Rest for 10 minutes in darkened room with feet up and cotton pads soaked in witch hazel over your eyelids.
- Take a warm bath. This is optional if you plan to take a bath before bedtime.
- Wash hands and nails; push back cuticles.
- Apply hand lotion or hand cream.
- Change into fresh clothing.
- Brush your teeth — after dinner!
- Massage scalp for at least 2 minutes.
- Pin up hair if necessary; if not, brush hair for at least 50 strokes. This brushing is optional if you’ve had your brushing session in the morning.
- Do 5 minutes of general and special exercises. This step is optional if you’ve exercised earlier in the day.
- Take a warm bath. Skip this bath if you’ve had one before dinner.
- IF not bathing, scrub hands, nails, forearms, upper arms.
- Apply body or hand lotion or cream to elbows, backs of heels, and any other rough spots.
- Check fingernails for rough spots; file them with emery board.
- Apply petroleum jelly or oil to nails (fingers and toes), lashes, brows, and (if you’re not going to have a bedtime snack) lips.
- Apply emollient cream to areas around eyes.
- IF skin is dry, apply a thin film of emollient cream all over your face; if skin is half-and-half, apply it only to dry patches. In both cases leave on overnight.
- Apply touch of perfume, toilet water, or cologne below nostrils for easier sleeping.
- IF underweight, have a light snack. IF overweight, write down list of what you’ve eaten during day and record the calorie count.
- Massage gums for at least two minutes.
- Use mouth wash.
- Check bedroom for proper sleeping conditions.
- To bed and lights out.
Your 1950s Once-A-Week Beauty Routine (Whether You Are a Housewife or a Working Girl)
One Night a Week
- Get into the most comfortable old robe you have.
- IF you have make-up on, remove all traces.
- Thoroughly cleanse your face.
- Give yourself the tired-eye treatment.
- Sit in front of a mirror and, for about 15 minutes, experiment with new make-up purchases and new ways of applying your old make-up.
- Remove all traces of this make-up but keep on the final application of cream you’ve used to remove it.
- Do five minutes of facial massage.
- Apply facial mask.
- While mask is still on, remove old nail polish.
- Do all steps of your manicure up to but not including the new polish application.
- Remove facial mask.
- Give yourself the tired-foot treatment.
- Start your pedicure. Do all the steps up to but not including the new polish application, if any.
- Exercise for 15 minutes.
- Brush hair at least 100 strokes.
- Shampoo hair.
- Set hair.
- Take a warm “luxury” bath.
- Apply anti-perspirant to underarms (if you use it).
- Apply toilet water, cologne, or body lotion all over yourself.
- Finish off with talcum or dusting powder (not, however, if you’ve used body lotion).
- Apply polish to toenails.
- While they’re drying, apply polish to fingernails.
- When fingernails are dry, weigh and measure yourself. Record results!
- Apply emollient cream to area around eyes.
- IF skin is dry, leave a thin film of the cream all over your face for overnight. If skin is half-and-half, leave a thin film of the cream on dry patches for overnight.
- Wash and thoroughly dry hands; push back cuticles.
- Apply hand lotion or cream.
- Get into bed and lights out.
3 Nights Later
- Repair manicure.
- Give your hair a between-shampoo cleansing.
- IF you’re over thirty, give yourself a 5-minute facial.
- Check up on your make-up equipment. Wash sponges, puffs, and brushes in soapy warm water.
- Apply anti-perspirant to your underarms if you perspire profusely as a rule.
I do have to say that these are some of my VERY FAVORITE beauty routines that I have found yet. I love my vintage beauty books, but this one is the BEST!