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HOW TO HAVE SOFT, WHITE AND BEAUTIFUL HANDS.
There are very few beautiful hands, but to make the hands beautiful
rests, with scarcely an exception, with the possessor. Now that
chiromancy has become so fashionable as to be a part of a great many
entertainments, it is very desirable that the hands should present an
attractive appearance. A soft, white, delicate hand, with neatly-kept
nails, forms an important factor in a pleasing personal appearance,
and is something any man or woman may possess themselves of with a
little care. Of course it goes without saying, that requisite is
perfect cleanliness of both the hands and nails. The best and purest
soap should be used, and when soft water cannot be obtained, a few
drops of ammonia, or a little borax, should be added to the water in
which the hands are washed, and they should always be thoroughly
dried. A lotion of one ounce glycerine, one ounce rose-water, ten
drops of carbolic acid, and forty drops of hamamelis, is excellent to
use on the hands before they are dried each time they are washed.
Persons who do housework should wear the India rubber gloves which are
made for the purpose and can be purchased in any size for from .00
to .25 as they are with or without wrists.
Rubbing the hands once or twice a day in oatmeal tends to whiten them
and make them soft and flexible.
The following bleaches the hands and arms and makes them beautifully
soft and white:--
=Bleaching Lotion.=--Bitter almonds, ten ounces; iris powder, one ounce;
pulverized horse-chestnut, two ounces; essence of bergamot, one dram;
carbonate of potash, two drams; mix. Use on the hands after washing,
and on retiring for the night.
Five grains of chloridated lime in a pint of warm water will whiten
the hands and remove all stains, but as this is not always quite
harmless to a delicate skin, it is perhaps better to remove stains
with a cut of lemon, and use the preparation given above for whitening
Tight lacing and tight sleeves, and even tight shoes, will cause the
hands to be an unsightly red, for which no lotion or care is a remedy.
If, however, all the clothing is worn so as to allow a free
circulation, and the directions which have been given are regularly
and constantly followed, any hand will become white, supple and
delicate--a pleasure to both possessor and beholder; and it is really
worth the care, which after a little time becomes a fixed habit and so
is scarcely noticeable, to have such hands.
=To Make the Hands White and Delicate.=--Should you wish to make your
hands white and delicate, wash them in hot milk and water for a day or
two. On retiring to rest, rub them well over with palm oil, and put on
a pair of woollen gloves. The hands should be thoroughly washed with
hot water and soap the next morning, and a pair of soft leather gloves
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