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A y well-known doctor guarantees to pick out from a crowd, of young persons those who have been brought up on tea, coffee or cocoa. On the same principle, it is easy in, a room full of women to indicate excessive tea, coffee or pick-me-up drinkers. Of tea and coffee, the effect of the former* on personal beauty is by far the worse. Coffee may, and often does, interfere seriously with the! liver and digestion. Hence it makes j the skin muddy and yellowish. But this is not so bad as the withered, dried-up, and old look which persistent tea drinKlng gives to the face. ■ A comparison between the face of a Chinese, and a frenchman exactly illustrates what is meant. The former has the withered and wrinkled skin resulting from excessive tea indulgence, the latter the sallow complexion intensified by coffee drinking. Coffee' does not interfere with the rounding of a face; tea does. It gives a sharp, pinched look, which adds several years to one's age. A very moderate uae of tea or coffee in the afternoon will not affect the health or complexion of average girls or women. But when women use strong tea and coffee as a pick-me-up, this is a form of dram drinking which ruins the nerves, the colouring .'■ and the skin. Tea-drinking women tend to develop red not>es, for the tannin in tea causes indigestion. Coffee may tinge the skin and the eyeballs with a lemon tint, but it does not give.ruSe to blushing noses. - Liqueur drinking is . another and worse form of beauty .destroyer. The little glass of Benedictine or. Chartreuse, without which the modern afternoon bridge party in not considered complete, not . only ruins the skin, makes it harsh and. lacking the smooth velvetness and peaches-and-cream colouring a skin should show, but it makes ugly, haggard lines about the eyes. You can pick out a liqueur-loving woman unerringly by the crow's feet and hard lines all round her eyes, making her look old before her time, and wicked out of all proportion to the really small quantity of spirits she consumes. For the pick-me-up habit is opposed to health and nature. When you feel tired. Nature gives you the sign that

ybu have had" enough. You decide that you haven't, so you drink strong tea, coffee, or creme de menthe, after which you feel "fresh as paint," and decide to go to another party or sit up halt the . night playing cards. Your boay said bed; artifice, in the form of tea, coffee, or pick-me-up, said, " more fun." Nature gives the body free-will —for a time. But the owner of an over-taxed body must pay the price. Men often say that a night's dissipation at the club ia worth the headache. JNo woman ever says the game is worth the candle when the "candle" stands tor lost looks and a ruined complexion.

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TEA AND COFFEE VERSUS THE COMPLEXION., Star, Issue 8281, 1 April 1905

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TEA AND COFFEE VERSUS THE COMPLEXION. Star, Issue 8281, 1 April 1905