Yes. It was one of those days. I wanted to be taken away. A cocktail for one seems like the perfect antidote. At least this time, the bath is in a glass and not an umbrella…
I don’t know about you but switching to Daylight Savings Time is almost like having jet lag…only without having gone anywhere or practically undressing to get through the TSA security checkpoint.
We have an electric clock in the bedroom that is always about 30 minutes fast except for when the time changes. In about a week, it will be fast again. We’ve talked about getting a new clock but then we’ve decided that we’d never trust it to get us out of bed on time. I guess we should get a “sectric.” After all, it is “right for a lifetime!
The fascinating stranger that is your inner self–can refashion you to new happiness.
A Pond’s Cold Cream advertisement from 1950 tells us that too many women suffer from a feeling of inferiority. But, it continues, no woman needs to be disappointed in herself. After all, we have the power to refashion ourselves to a new level of happiness. How? By tapping the power based on the “interrelation” of the Outer Self and Inner Self. In other words, the way we feel is just as important as how we look.
Never stop caring about the way we look, the advertisement advises us. After all, we feel more confident when we know we are showing our best selves. And, never, ever neglect the daily rites that make us look lovely.
Outside-Inside Face Treatment
Fortunately for us, Pond’s Cold Cream provides us with an “Outside-Inside” Face Treatment strategy to give our skin “the wonderful softening cleansing it needs for true beauty.”
At bedtime every night (and, oh, by the way, this works for daytime cleansing, too):
Hot Stimulation: splash your face with hot water
Cream Cleanse: swirl Pond’s Cold Cream all over your face. This light, fluffy cream will soften and sweep dirt, make-up from pore openings. Tissue off well.
Cream Rinse: swirl on a second, soft Pond’s creaming. This rinses off the last traces of dirt and leaves skin immaculate. Tissue off.
Cold Stimulation: a tonic cold water splash.
In case we doubt the effectiveness of Pond’s Cold Cream, socialite Mrs. George Jay Gould, Jr., reassures us that “It leaves my skin feeling delightfully fresh and clean…glowing with color.”
The Interrelation Between Inner and Outer Self
As a final reminder, the advertisement tells us that it isn’t vanity to develop the beauty of our faces. We look lovely, it simply reinforces that we believe in ourselves and sends “warm happiness shining through [our faces] to meet the world. The real Inner You is brought closer to others.”
So, yeah…The encouragement and advice are all well and good, we may be thinking, but this is an advertisement designed to get us to buy Pond’s Cold Cream. Where’s the catch?
The catch is that we have to be willing to put aside any of the “yeah, buts” that surface. The “yeah, buts” are when we are dissatisfied with something and have received strategies to overcome what we are dissatisfied with. But we are so entrenched in the ways we’ve always done things that we come up with excuses as to why the strategies won’t work.
I can imagine a big “yeah, but” that arises from a daily cleansing ritual is that we are busy and don’t have time to take care of ourselves. But if we find ourselves lingering over advertisements in the glossy magazines that promise to reduce signs of stress and aging, then that is our inner self calling out to us, asking us to take care of the outer self.
My own life is a cautionary tale about ignoring the interrelationship between my inner and outer self. During the two years that my husband was being treated for lymphoma, I thought it was frivolous to worry about my beauty routines and how I looked. I didn’t think I had time for such things when I needed to care for him and also go to work. But because I didn’t listen to my inner-self, I ended up exhausted and burned out. And, anyone who has cared for seriously ill family members knows that it is hard to take care of the person when all of our reserves have been used up. (By the way, he is in remission and doing well)
Beauty is Important to Feminine Women
Being surrounded by beauty is important for women like us that lean into our femininity. When we encounter something with breathtaking beauty, it can feel like a spiritual moment. Couldn’t seemingly mundane self-care and grooming rituals be considered soul-nurturing as well instead of just something that our mothers told us to do? The interrelation between the inner and outer self is that we engage in beauty rituals to nurture ourselves and not for the purpose of pleasing others (although that is an added bonus).
So, we should never, ever, feel like attending to our outer beauty is frivolous or shallow, no matter what others may say. After all, since beauty comes from the inside, to dismiss that yearning is basically silencing our inner selves, our spiritual selves. And, when our inner selves are silenced, we are miserable.
Have you ever started a beauty or grooming ritual that had a suprising impact on your life? Share your experience in the comments.
To Your Fabulous Technicolor Life!
Image citation: Pond’s Cold Cream Advertisement; McCall’s, March, 1950; scanned and corrected by DrJulieAnn
Cold and flu season has hit the university more than usual. Some people load up on cold medication and head into work despite feeling miserable. Not me. It’s hard to be glamorous when I’m coughing, sneezing, and have a trash can filled with tissues for others to see! So far I’ve avoided getting sick but if I do, I am fortunate enough to have paid sick days and I’m going to take advantage of them at the slightest hint of a sniffle. A cute bed jacket, cups of tea, and a good book or Netflix for a few days are the perfect remedy for the flu.