Friday, December 17, 2010

Maybelline Queen, Evelyn Williams 5TH Beauty Secret, Epsom Salt.

Evelyn relaxing at her new home in California, 1938.

        After Evelyn and Bill followed Tom Lyle to California he bought them a little bungalow in West Los Angeles, a few miles from the Villa Valentino in the Hollywood Hills where he and Emery lived.  Tom Lyle gave Evelyn a nice allowance and told her to rest and enjoy the California sunshine.  She took his advice about relaxing but never ever allowed the sun to touch her perfect alabaster skin for more than 10 minutes, just enough to soak in a little vitamin D. 

      Speaking of soaking, I remember one of Nana's most famous beauty secrets, was soaking in a hot tub with three cups of Epsom salt and sometimes even  a cup of baking soda to soften her skin.  She told me  there was nothing in the world better for relaxing tense muscles after a game of badminton than a half hour in the tub with Epsom Salt.  She believed that a good soak erased a multitude of sins and kept her looking young all her life.

      When I became a teenager I soaked in an Epsom Salt bath before getting dressed for a Saturday night date.  I believed it slimmed me down so I could fit in my "skinny pants"  in 1964, and it was so relaxing that I felt like a million bucks and looked fabulous.  Try it yourself and see if it doesn't make you feel relaxed and look beautiful too.  

Read more about Nana and her obsession with perfection in the Maybelline Story.

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