A Beauty Secret
Let’s talk about the S word. No, not sectional sofas, but SADNESS. It happens to all of us no matter what. There’s no avoiding it and if you’re anything like me, sadness can show up out of nowhere, unpack its bags, and make stay for a long time. The hardest part of falling into a deep depression is how un-beautiful you feel. Sometimes on those sad mornings I wonder if I felt more attractive, if I wouldn’t be so sad. The answer has to be yes, right? Here is my beauty hack to get out of that depressive funk.
I’ll wiggle out from under the covers, slip out the backdoor unnoticed, and head straight to a nearby L’Occitane store. There, the salespeople who I’ve come to know by name, will welcome me in, look deep into my eyes and ask “how are you?” I sort of imagine this interaction resembling what it was like to be welcomed into a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Warm. An asylum from whatever outside is making me so sad. I tell the salesperson, “give me your most expensive face serum. I don’t feel beautiful.” And they “get it”, for I’m sure at times they’ve not felt beautiful.
And when you sneak back home, slink upstairs, slather your face in the snail extract, and you’ll feel that deep, heavy sadness lighten up just a bit. You know you’ll be okay. You always are. And you’re beautiful.