Let’s just get one thing straight right now, self-care is a legitimate necessity in order to get through this thing called life in one piece. Kat Williams may or may not be all there, but he was preaching the gospel when he said you have to be in tune with your key fucking player, they key fucking player being you. The trouble with having human needs is that like most necessities, big business always finds a way to monetize them. Take water for example. It’s an actual need to sustain life, but water isn’t free, and some are paying a higher cost for it than others. What should be a means to restore oneself in the midst of a world that is constantly draining you in countless ways, is now being packaged and sold in the form of face masks and serums that promise a newer, better you. But if you are suffering from anxiety and depression, buying a face mask isn’t going to heal you. It may or may not fix the resulting puffiness under your eyes from lack of sleep due to your anxiety, but you can’t rely solely on topical solutions for underlying issues. That’s a fact that rings true even within the beauty industry, but that’s another conversation for another day. The truth is, taking care of yourself in real and lasting ways isn’t something you can pay your way into.