Forget the idea that half way measures of personal grooming are good enough to keep you spick-and-span right around the clock. It just isn’t so.
Even on the coldest days we perspire and personal daintiness is as much a necessity then as it is in hot weather, although summer calls for greater care in maintaining it.
The beauty-wise girl makes very sure of her charm, and as part of her bath ceremony, always uses modern deodorants and depilatories regularly.
Shaving is a quick, clean method of removing superfluous hair from the legs and under the arms, provided only that you know how to handle a razor to avoid nicks and cuts.
The best time for this treatment is right after a good warm bath or shower. Let your skin remain quite wet and use shaving cream or lather soap lavishly. Afterwards, rinse and dry and rub on some hand lotion or body cream. The result should be a clean, smooth surface. You can learn how to have a nice relaxing bath.
Then there’s the wax-removal method in which special wax is melted and applied in strips to the skin and yanked off when it hardens. Many girls like this best because it gives a longer lasting effect, but it is hard to do yourself and rather expensive.
Do be sure to try out any product you have not used before on a small area of skin first of all.
A cheap but slow and primitive way to spruce the legs and arms that is frequently used is done with an abrasive mitt or piece of pumice stone. Abrasives clean the skin surface all right and are relatively safe, but they should not be used on tender skin.
In the long run the choice is up to you, and you can use what you will: razor, depilatory, wax, or abrasive. But don’t skip using a bit of soothing lotion afterwards to keep the skin looking smooth and satiny.
To stay as fresh as a daisy all day long is a task that’s made ever so much easier if you use a suitable deodorant (or perspiration corrective).
Never kid yourself about the need for a deodorant. Even though you don’t appear to perspire much, it’s a good thing to be ever watchful of this detail of personal grooming.
Some girls (and boys), and frequently nervous people struggling under tension, need to use deodorants and antiperspirants more often. A daily bath, shower, tub, or sponge is the first requirement. An underarm deodorant or an antiperspirant, used immediately after the bath, is your second step to freshness.
The simple deodorant prevents odor after perspiration has occurred but does not interfere with the perspiration flow. For under arms, the roll-on type is quick and efficient. A spray is better for the all-over job.
Deodorants won’t function properly unless your skin is thoroughly clean and dry. Allow enough time for thorough drying after application.
The difference between deodorants and antiperspirants is that the latter preparation closes the pores and checks perspiration at the skin surface. Products having both qualities perform the two functions.
It is not wise to use either a deodorant or antiperspirant if your skin has a minor irritation or at a time when it is sensitive.
Though very necessary, deodorants and antiperspirants are not in themselves alluring. Every girl should have some light flowery scent or cologne that’s nice to wear.