How did 'self-care' become synonymous with skincare routines and beauty treatments, and what does it actually mean? Dr. Pooja Lakshmin reclaims the buzzword in her debut book, Real Self-Care: A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included). She tells Cristen about the existential crisis that led her to the Black, queer origins of self-care; the faux self-care sold to women; and why it's essential for taking better care of ourselves and others.
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