Actress beauty tip #28: Norma Shearer complexion

This is the twenty-eighth installment of the monthly classic actress beauty tips that I have read about and tested.  

Healthy, clear skin is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I’ve tried numerous products from exfoliates to acne cream.

Norma Shearer, Mae Murray and Viola Dane in a 1925 Beaute Craft article.

Norma Shearer, Mae Murray and Viola Dane in a 1925 Beaute Craft article.

But according to a 1925 article in Beaute Craft, clear skin revolves around exercise and diet. To testify to this are actresses Norma Shearer, Mae Murray and Viola Dana.

Oddly enough, the article by Pauline Black, correlates bad skin to…constipation, which is connected to poor eating habits.

Black says Shearer gets her clear skin from good diet. Murray’s credits proper exercise and fresh air, and Dana gets her clear skin from correct food and exercise.

Viola Dana, Norma Shearer, Mae Murray

Viola Dana, Norma Shearer, Mae Murray


Black gives suggestions in the article to remedy problems:

Breathing: “No normal woman remains healthy for very long if she does not practice deep breathing, using the entire lung capacity and exercising abdominal muscles as well.”

Water: “Drink enough water. Two glasses immediately upon rising in the morning. A glass after each meal. A glass between meals. A glass upon retiring at night. Some people cannot drink much water easily. You should learn, or drink milk…”

Food: “Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits…Raw cabbage with a little cream dressing is excellent once a day…I would say stop eating meats, eggs, fish and cheese for a few weeks. Give your your digestive apparatus a rest as far as heavy foods are concerned.”

Exercise: “Walking is excellent exercise. Blessed is that girl or woman who has to walk a mile or even two a day to and from work or school.”

For myself, drinking more water and eating well has helped clear up my skin. Lately I’ve been drinking roughly 70 fluid ounces of water a day and have seen major improvements. For diet, the article suggests cabbage, I have been eating kale lately along with fruits and have seen improvements from that as well.

To review: Though the article (found scanned on Beauty is a Thing of the Past blog) gives odd suggestions and reasoning for clear skin, drinking water and eating better has shown improvements with my skin. I have been exercising for several months but change in diet has given me the best improvements.

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5 thoughts on “Actress beauty tip #28: Norma Shearer complexion

  1. I absolutely love these beauty tips. I think the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s women really had such classic, real beauty. Love these era’s and this website. So glad I found it. Thank you, Patti


  2. My skin is sensitive but also prone to break outs. Lately I’ve been eating a lot more fruits and veggies than in the past (really cut back on carbs and sugar) plus more exercise. All in keeping with Ms. Black’s advice! Also purchased a 21st century product (from Clarisonic) and changed to a handmade skin cleanser I originally found on Etsy from Wild Rose Herbs in Oregon. Amazingly improved skin!


    • Ooh those too products you bought have intrigued me! I may have to try them out 🙂
      I’m glad change in diet have been helping your skin! I can tell it’s happening because if I grab a burger, my skin automatically looks terrible.


  3. I agree that the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s women (actresses) had such classic, real beauty.
    I note that they were also so slim and delicate. Today’s women are bigger and more athletic.


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