"Toilette of Ladies" (1832)

Let then the ladies observe the following rules: In the morning use pure water as a prepatory ablution; after which they must abstain from all sudden gusts of passion, particularly envy, as that gives the skin a sallow paleness. It may seem trifling to talk of temperance, yet this must be attended to, both in eating and drinking, if they would avoid those pimples, for which the advertised washes are a cure. Instead of rouge, let them use moderate exercise, which will raise a natural bloom in their cheek inimitable by art. Ingenuous candor and unaffected good humor will give an openness to their countenance, that will make them universally agreeable. A desire of pleasing will add a fire to their eyes, and breathing the morning air at sunrise will give their lips a vermilion hue. That amiable vivacity which they now possess, may be happily heightened and preserved if they avoid late hours and card playing, as well as novel reading by candlelight, but not otherwise; for the first gives the face a drowsy, disagreeable aspect; the second, is a mother of wrinkles; and the third is a fruitful source of weak eyes and sallow complexion. A white hand is a very desirable ornament, and a hand can never be white unless it be kept clean; nor is this all, for if a young lady would excel her companions in this respect she must keep her hands in constant motion, which will occasion the blood to circulate freely, and have a wonderful effect. The motion recommended is working at her needle, brushing up the house and twirling the distaff."

Source: "Toilette of Ladies" The New England Farmer, and Horticultural Register (1822-1890); Sep. 19, 1832; 11, 10; American Periodicals Series Online pg. 80