Beauty Guru Laney Crowell Talks First-time Motherhood & Self-Care
- When do you feel the most beautiful?
Definitely when I'm in nature. When I can feel the grass under my feet and put my hand on a tree. I love walking on the beach and feeling the wind in my hair and on my cheeks. I also feel really good after I meditate, every part of me feels beautiful.
- What are the biggest changes you've seen in your body during your pregnancy and how have you adapted your beauty routine in response?
Wow, this is a hard question! The list is endless. I guess the biggest change is my huge belly. But, that feels too obvious and it's been the easiest to deal with (thanks to brands like Belabumbum!). I've struggled with my skin and my feet a lot while bring pregnant. My feet have gotten really flat so I've had to go up two sizes in my shoes. And they hurt a lot. My skin, especially at the beginning of my pregnancy, was breaking out worse than it ever has before. I had horrible acne. Thankfully I was able to find some incredible non-toxic products to help the situation. My must-haves are True Botanicals Clear Serum, Peet Rivko Gentle cleanser, and Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum.
- What's your favorite way to treat yourself?
When I was reading Bringing Up Bébé there was a line the really stuck out to me. The french say that pregnancy should be 9 months of spa. I took that to heart. I got prenatal massages almost every week. This helped a lot with my morning sickness as well.
- What's your current beauty obsession?
Right now I would say it's eating grain free. I was so focused on eating gluten-free that I didn't realize until recently how inflammatory all grains have been for my skin. Eliminating grains has helped so much with my skin and my the way I feel. And as we say at The Moment, #beautyiswellness.
- What message do you want to impart with your little one about beauty and self-care?
That beauty is not what society tells us. Beauty is not how you look, it's how you feel. Nobody else can make you feel beautiful - it comes from within.