During her struggling starlet years Marilyn had a trick of applying a little saliva to her cheekbones to give them an extra sheen.
She also studiously avoided the sun to keep her skin as white as possible-thirty years before it became generally acknowledged that a “healthy” tan is anything but. Marilyn’s motives were less skin protection than to keep the colours right for her look and hair. At various times during her life Marilyn protected her face by smearing it with Vaseline, cold cream, or hormone cream. Partly as a consequence of using hormone creams, by her mid-thirties Marilyn has a fine down on her cheeks.
In early 1953 Marilyn discovered what she described as “a trick to lose weight quickly”-colonic irrigation, an enema that flushed out the bowels. Marilyn used this rather unpleasant technique throughout the rest of her life. Some biographers report that she resorted to a one-a-day regime of enemas when she felt she needed to slim down to fit into a dress.