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May Dew for the Complexion.

'— — -♦ — ; ' : A good complexion is usually as plain an indication of good health as smoke from the chimney is of fire m the grate. The majority of town people have no com-' plexions at all fco. speak of. , This is due partly to the grime that .adheres to the skin, but much.more to the>deficency of oxygen m the air. Of all the conditions upon which a good complexion depends oxygen is the chief. A woman can neither he well nor look well, without, aa abundant supply of oxygen. Sitting ; rooms and bed rooms,, however large they may be, never contain that proportion of pure oxygen which the complexion demands. The air of the streets is better than that of houses, but m London and other large towns even it cannot touch the face with the tints of beauty. May deiw is!the thing. If a peck of March dusfc Be worth a king's ransom,' a pint of May dew is worth a Queen's dowry. Bnt the dew must be employed under right conditions. It will not do for the chambermaid to bring it toithe bedroom door m a jug when she brings up the hot water.' May dew is like* certain' facta o fscience 1 and can only be properly dealt with m situ--that is, m it.svow!ri proper place and m its natural surround-' ings. As everybody Jcnows, it' heed wot be sought for m the streets of towns nor

even m the little strips of ground dignified by the name of "gardens" at the backs of the houses. Doubtless a fluid of some kind may be found even on the withered leaves and grass of large cities; but this is " town dew," and has no more kinship with the genuine article than a "shopun ' as Middlewick called it, has with a fresh country egg. In order to get a May dew that shall be properly and promptly efficacious it is necessary to look for lfc m the cpen fields, and at early morn. But here let a word of caution be said. The dew is not to be used ' fasting.' It may be sought for at seven o'clock m the morning, or even at 'six; and- there is no harm m walking, one or two miles to find it. ,But .remember, young lady, that it will do you no good whatever unless you take before you start one or two good thick slices of bread and butter and a cup of hot milk or of weak coffee, or tea, or cocoa. Perhaps the cocoa need not be weak, and probably ifc will be more sustaining than either coffee or tea. If the distance to the dew fields be great, a couple of fresh eggs, beaten up into a nice warm egg flip, may be taken with the bread and; butter instead of the coffee or tea. A plan like this religiously earned out for three months;»rould almost put a complejdqn upon the ceiling of a London iodging-house. Certainly no youngilady, if she spends,the remainder of the day reasonably, well,j ;can possibly find it to fail.—The hospital.

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May Dew for the Complexion., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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May Dew for the Complexion. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2466, 14 July 1890

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