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June 16, 2015

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How to Avoid Sunburn, 1756
"Take Deer's Marrow, put it into a sufficient Quantity of Water with Wheat-Flour, and let them settle; then take some Ounces of what subsides to the Bottom and mix it well with a sufficient Quantity of the Whites of Eggs. Plaister your Face with the said Paste when you go to Bed at Night, and wash yourself the next Morning with warm Water. This Method is excellent to prevent Sunburn." -- the Art of Preserving Beauty

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 16, 2015 12:13 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Sure, if you're a lady's boy.

Otherwise you would slowly build a tolerance to it and in about a month it would no longer bother you.

But what do I know, I just lived in SW Fla for 40 years and worked in construction for much of it.

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 16, 2015 6:24 PM

Well, since they didn't bathe but once a year and that under duress, the smell of the remedy would mask the B.O. fairly well.
How they ever managed to make babies is a ponder for me. I guess the guys stunk as bad as the gals, shrug.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 17, 2015 5:48 AM

Once a year?
The bacteria build-up would kill ya.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 17, 2015 12:12 PM

People had more natural immunities back then, and shorter life spans. Check out the link:


"Today we place high value on personal hygiene but back in the day people could go from cradle to grave without ever immersing themselves in water. Many people believed that bathing was unhealthy and that soaking in water, especially hot water, would let disease enter the body. Even if you did decide to take a bath, you would not even have contemplated taking off your clothes – a habit that remained right through to the end of the 19th century!"

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 17, 2015 8:18 PM

Good point.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2015 9:29 AM

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