The rules of the road must be faithfully carried out whether Eve or the mere man is at the wheel. Indeed, in addition to the written laws there are also the unwritten ones of chivalry. But the woman motorist has other regulations she must yield to as well, because there are beauty rues that must rigidly be kept if good looks are to be retained.
Motoring is a most excellent hobby for women, and even if the car is an open one there is no reason why beauty should be made to suffer. The most sensitive skin can retain its softness if a few practical rules are faithfully carried out. There are general rules which all must obey, and special ones that very according to the type of beauty. The blonde, the brunette, and the normal type all require slightly different treatment not only when motoring, but at all times.
The first, and most important rule, is to cultivate a hardy skin: it may be soft and dainty, but yet able to withstand the worst the weather can do to it. To achieve this end, very hot water must never be used for the face and hands, and although toilet creams are essential, the skin must not be overloaded with them.
Steaming the face, a very popular beauty treatment at the present time, is extremely useful, but the woman who motors a great deal should seldom resort to it, and then only at bedtime when she knows that the following morning she need not use an open car, nor take the wheel, where a chilly draught may injure the delicate skin. A cosy seat in a saloon car is what the recently steamed face requires.
An important rule is to make a careful toilet before starting off for a long run. In wet weather, or if there is a great deal of dust about, it is an excellent plan to bathe the face with an astringent lotion, or to add some to the water in which the face is washed. A benzoin lotion will serve the purpose; the object is to tighten the pores, to prevent the rain from making the skin flabby, and also to prevent the dust from entering the pores should the roads be very dusty. Such a lotion is also useful when motoring near the sea, as the salt in the air is apt to coarsen the pores.
A vanishing cream should be used unless the blonde's skin is very dry, and then (provided it is not during the summer months) a touch of a greasy cream may be substituted - but a firm cream must be chosen, not an oily make. A brunette will always need a vanishing one, as her skin will have sufficient natural grease. The "normal" type of beauty must be governed by the type of skin; it may be too dry for vanishing cream, or probably it may be in just the right condition for it to be its friend. It is always an advantage when the skin will allow the use of vanishing cream as it is an excellent protection against the weather.
The all-important rule is - during a run in the car if the face is hastily touched up - to wipe it over very gently with a soft face cloth before applying any toilet aids. It is because this rule is so frequently broken that many skins become coarse, and faces age before their time. If the face is rubbed, the dust is forced into the pores, and a woman's great object should be to keep it out at all costs. After the dusting a little cream may be applied, whichever sort is in use, and of course powder will be the finishing touch. After the run comes another important rule relating to the treatment of the face. It must be gently wiped once again, and if it smarts, or is very hot, or cold, it must not be washed. Skin food is what is needed, or a soothing lotion, such as a cucumber one. Failing these, a little plain cold cream can be substituted.
A rule should be made to give the eyes a daily eye bath, using a weak boracic lotion, or even plain water. Night time is the best, then the dust of the day is removed, but if the roads are very dusty then, when the run is over, the eyes should have a bath, or just be bathed. To be faithful to this bathing rule will keep the eyes both bright and healthy, in spite of dust or sharp winds.
From constant driving and overhauling of a car the hands are sometimes apt to get hard. A special rule must be made to keep a watch for this, and to apply a little lanolin at bedtime when required.
A rule must be made that in dusty weather the hair has extra brushing to remove every trace of dust that might cling to it. The woman motorist's present foes are March winds and April showers, with probably frost also, and to cope with these weather conditions another rule must be to give the skin a simple cream at bedtime should there be the slightest trace of roughness. Sometimes March winds are blamed for a harsh skin, when the real cause is that the system is out of order, so if the skin does not quickly respond to the application of cream the latter must not be blamed, and plenty of fruit, salads, and vegetables must be eaten.
Whether the motorist is in a, saloon or a touring car the vanity bag must always contain a few simple toilet aids. Just a dainty little face cloth, a small jar of skin food, a cream and powder, and that invaluable aid, the colourless lipstick. The motor car offers fresh air to all, and that is the real foundation stone of beauty.
Reproduced from "The Austin Magazine" of March 1930