Skin treatment of the 1940sFebruary 03, 2011
‘Sour milk may be a domestic tragedy, but it is also a beauty find. Strain off the lumpy curds and use the clear liquids which remains to wipe over your face, neck, and hands. The lactic acid it contains will bleach the skin and whiten a sallow neck. Keep the face wet with the liquid for five minutes.’
‘The next time you have cucumber, save the end piece and rub the cut surface over face, neck, and hands, allowing the juice to dry on the skin. Cucumber juice is whitening and an astringent.’
‘Perhaps your making a batch of rolls or tea cakes? Save some of the yeast for your looks! A couple of teaspoonfuls dissolved in a cupful of milk makes a pore-cleansing, skin-refining face mask. If your skin is dry, try adding one part fine oatmeal to four parts of your face powder. A paste of oatmeal and milk used in the place of soap will chase away any blackheads.’
Just like stockings; if you could get hold of make up,it was saved for special occasions.
Domestic soap was one of the goods that was added on the list of rationing, on February 1942, due to the shorts of fats in it's manufacture. Clothes rationing was announced without fore-warning,and this happened also with soap. Everybody was allowed four coupons for each four-week period which could be used for toilet soap, soap powder, hard soap and soap flakes.
Ofcourse alot of advice through books followed and the booklet; 101 Ways To Save Money In Wartime stated:
‘A pint of boiling water poured over a handful of sage leaves, bottled and mixed with soap flakes as required, will give you an excellent tonic shampoo.
Ofcourse hard water means more soap, so inexpensive bath-water softener can be made by making up a strong solution of carbonate of soda or washing soda crystals and adding half ounce of verbena or oil lavender.’
© Information by the above mentioned books and 'The 1940s Look' by Mike Brown