Beauty comes from within, says Joan Crawford

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.


  1. Wise words! I love Joan's eyes!

  2. I'm struck by how this helpful vintage dietary advice is rather like a forerunner to the vogue - and helpfulness for lots of folks - for juicing as of late.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Isn't it! I was quite amazed how it resembles the advices in these modern times.

  3. Oooohh I've missed these beauty/healthy living tips from the old film stars.. thank you for bringing it back. I hope you and your love are enjoying a crisp, sun-laden Autumn. xx

    1. I am so glad you like them! Sadly no sun-laden autumn in the Netherlands. But rain and harsh wind :-(

  4. Lindsay,
    This is actually quite a modern approach to wholesome living, isn't it? Nowadays, more and more doctor consider a holistic approach to health, and promote prevention rather than getting medicated. So, I suppose the cycle is closed: we're back to being told that FAT is good for us, that it's an essential to our health (I, for one, support this) :)

    Great article.
    Adorable eyes.


    1. I am not so sure if fat is good for us, though I do believe in healthy fats from, for example, avocado's. But indeed, what Joan says, is indeed a very modern approach.

  5. An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague
    who was doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner simply because I
    stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this....
    Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk
    about this issue here on your website.


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