It's time for the Beauty Alphabet again! The lovely feet and legs above are from an article in Life magazine from 27 September 1943, showing exercises used by the Women's Army Corps to keep their feet in tip top shape.
"F" is for Feet (make them your friends)
"F" is for Feet - and the most important edition to the Beauty Alphabet, for the state of your feet is immediately reflected in your face.
Keep your feet healthy, and they'll be your friends, not enemies, that bring lines and drooping lips.
We often neglect our feet and then complain because they give us trouble. You might get by with an ill-fitting pair of gloves or hat but NOT ill-fitting shoes.
If you are at all doubtful of the fit of your new shoes - do not buy them.
Tight fitting stockings and shoes encourage perspiration, so let the air circulate around your toes as often as possible.
- After your daily bath rub your feet with eau-de-cologne, which will close the pores. Then dust liberally with powder, and always wear clean stockings. Stockings last longer too, when rinsed after every wear.
- Toe nails should be cut straight across, and cut very short.
- Hard skin under your feet will disappear if you use a pumice stone while you are having a bath. Rub always with a circular motion.
Corns are unsightly as well as painful and frequently cause frayed tempers and wrinkles on the forehead.
There are lots of preparations on the market which are "guaranteed" to cure corns, but if your corn is very obstinate you would be wise to seek the advice of a qualified chiropodist.
If your corn is not very deep seated, it can be cured by a nightly application of castor oil. This softens the centre of the corn which can then be removed after the feet have been soaking in hot water for 20 minutes.
If you are treating a corn and continue to wear the shoes which caused the corn, the treatment will be quite ineffective.
If you go stockingless during the summer, wear cotton "footies" as these both absorb the perspiration and protect your feet from harsh leather surfaces. Your toes and feet will be in evidence during the summer months - so begin now to give them extra care."
Do people get corns these days? I had to look them up on Wikipedia to find out exactly what they are, turns out they are an inverted callus, poking into the foot rather than out from it. Yikes, sounds very painful. Perhaps they, along with bunions, were more common during the 40s and 50s when people had fewer pairs of shoes, perhaps ill-fitting ones, and were on their feet more of the day.