I’m a simple southern girl from coastal North Carolina despite currently residing in Tucson, AZ. Growing up I was taught that a lady never sweats. One absolutely does not have pores that exude anything—way too tacky for words.
Instead, your dewy complexion is the result of glistening. The term has fallen to the wayside but isn’t it ever so lovely anyway?
One should always be prepared for these delicate moments with an appropriate bit of fabric to gently, very gently, pat one’s skin. No desperate sloughing off the skin cells in public no matter how much heat or how many hot flashes you’re enduring.
You can buy and use a pretty vintage handkerchief. Some of you have these already and may be saving them for precious. The concept of not using something because it’s too precious makes me feel sad. Each of us is precious in our own right and we deserve to use special things every single day.
The other option is to make your own easy-to-sew trimmed handkerchief. For my project, I am recycling my absolute favorite cotton lawn nightgown that’s falling apart from being loved so much.
You could also simply buy the finest cotton fabric you can find (polyester or other plastic-fantastic fabrics will absolutely not do) and either crochet, tat, or otherwise cheat like I did and buy ready-made lace or other assorted trim that makes you feel all girly.
Cut a 12-inch square from your fabric. Turn under each edge 1/8” and press. Turn that under another 1/8” and press again. Then sew around all four sides.
Pin your trim around the edge of your fabric square and sew either by machine or hand. You could embroider a little something, too, but my fabric print is fine as it is.
Y’all can go forth now and glisten beautifully!