It’s gosh darn hot here in the District of Columbia area! But that’s nothing new. Take a look at this post from the pre-blog days of Miss Abigail: The Care of the Skin from a 1946 book titled Youth, Sex, and Life, written by Gladys Cox.
A brief excerpt to tempt you to click on that link: “The sweat contains certain waste products… and these are left upon the skin; the surface of the skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells, like leaves falling from trees in early autumn: the skin secretes, in addition to the sweat, a greasy material which keeps it waterproof. On the surface of the skin, then, there collects a mixture of sweat, grease, dead cells, together with dirt…”
Eww. I think I need a shower.