EXERCISE in the open air is as important a factor in producing a clear complexion as is bathing. The natural instincts of children lead them into the open air for all their amusements. They romp, skate, "slide down hill," skip the rope, ride horseback, row their boats, do anything that keeps them out of doors, consequently have complexions as perfect--"as a child's," At about the age of fifteen a girl commences to be interested in other pursuits. Her dignity will not allow her to be interested in the old pastimes--no matter how much the heart may wish for them. As the years pass on "out-door sports" are indulged in only as fashion dictates. To take a long walk is thought of only in connection with a walking club. Skating--well she skates when "our set " skates, and "our set" skate about one year in four. She rides horseback occasionally if it chances to be popular; not early in the morning when the air is fresh and balmy, and each breath is new life, but in the afternoon when well regulated people are expected to ride. These fashionable exercises, which are better than none at all, are given up at twenty, if she marries. I n a few years she finds her complexion muddy, her eyes dull, her steps dragging. She either accepts these changes as inevitable in "growing old" or, if she is a sensible woman, she recognizes the fact that her neglect of physical exercise and out-door life is gradually withering her vitality, and that in a few years she will become a physical wreck, beyond the power of recuperating; at the age, too, when a woman is just beginning to know how to live. I have in my mind a beautiful woman, who told me that when she was a young girl she had thought to be ready to die at forty-five, but when that age came she was just beginning to know how to live.
One of the secrets of being "always young" is to keep the heart young, to keep up one's interest in the amusements that seemed a part of life when we were not surrounded by the conventionalities that are forced upon us with maturer years. Since the advent of "professional beauties' more attention has been paid to preserving and cultivating beauty. Cycling, walking, lawn tennis, horseback riding, gymnastics, "physical culture," may all come under the head of "fashionable fads," but the motive power is selfimprovement, and blessed be the "fad" that develops common sense.
Keeping the blood in circulation keeps the heart and face young. There is nothing so fatal to youth ful appearance as a woman settling down to the conviction that she is growing old, "Too old" to dance, "too old" for this," "too old" for that. Let other women make these remarks, as they are sure to, when they see how thoroughly you enjoy life. It is only a question of time when they will follow in your footsteps and begin life again themselves. Unfortunately outside of the larger cities one can not have the advantages of gymnasiums, schools for physical culture, etc. Using dumb bells and Indian clubs takes their place very well. Just before bathing morning and night use the dumb bells from five to fifteen minutes--not heavy ones. It is well to commence with wooden ones not weighing over three pounds, gradually increasing the weight. There are pamphlets in the market giving directions as to the use of them, different positions, motions, etc. Dumb bells are accessible to everybody, and the daily use of them keeps the flesh firm and muscles strong, the waist from growing thick and dumpy, develops the bust, brings out the graceful curves of the body and gives elasticity to every motion. I advise using the bells before bathing on account of the moisture produced by the exercise being sponged off by the bath. If used afterward the body must have a dry rub.