The old adage, "Beauty comes from within," has so often been taken with a grain of salt and relegated to the limbo of such other inane phrases as "Beauty is as beauty does" that its true import is often lost.
Beauty does come from within, for a clear complexion, sparkling eyes and lovely hair are impossible if one's "interior" is not healthy, declares Joan Crawford, whose unusually lovely complexion makes her even more attractive in person than she is on the screen.
"No amount of cosmetics and creams will beautify a complexion that is muddy because of an impure blood stream," Miss Crawford advises. "Anyone may have a lovely skin if she will only follow a few simple rules of health."
Plenty of water, wholesome food and satisfactory elimination are the three essentials that bring sparkling eyes and clear skin. The last is dependent greatly upon the first two and should be the result of regular health habits rather than the use of medicine. For the water, eight glasses daily should be the minimum. In addition to this, an excellent habit is to drink a warm glass of water each morning before breakfast. As for the food, fruit and vegetables should compromise the bulk of the diet. An excellent diet to improve the complexion is the "fruit diet". Nothing but fruit and leafy vegetables should be eaten, but as much of those are permitted as one wants. Any kind of fruit and as much as you like may be eaten each day. Followed for ten days or two weeks, this diet will do wonders for your skin, Miss Crawford says.
© originally written by Mabel Duke for the Owosso Argus press, 1929.