15 Self-Care Essentials Iskra Lawrence Swears By


Welcome to Take the Edge Off, a series that breaks down the beauty and personal care routines of influencers, CEOs, experts and celebrities. Find out how they relax and unwind, while to look closer the essentials of the holy grail that they are runningly delirium.

Influencer and Saltair co-founder Iskra Laurent is well known in the fashion industry for bringing the message of body positivity to the fore. Her drive for change stems primarily from a personal battle with body dysmorphia and an eating disorder, which she developed early in her career after being deemed too tall for straight waist campaigns and too thin for the plus size modeling. “I always say I was at war with myself; I had body dysmorphia, because to me, my body was huge,” Lawrence says. BAZAAR.com. “And so for many years I struggled with an eating disorder, because I didn’t know how to take care of myself and my obsession with fitness.”

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After continuing her work with a number of fashion brands and portraying herself as a more specialized, “between the sizes” model, Lawrence began sharing her experiences on Instagram, which eventually led to a growing community of more than six million subscribers. “I started sharing my images and asking questions like, ‘Isn’t it pissed off that someone my size can’t belong anywhere? Don’t you feel like you can’t not belong sometimes?'”

Lawrence then took her advocacy work one step further and, in addition to being candid about the obstacles she and other models faced, also stopped touching up her social media posts. “My agencies kept telling me, ‘No one is going to book you, you talk too much,'” she shares. “And I was like, ‘No, no, I’m going to find a brand that wants that.’ It’s great to see that now brands actually care and would rather have someone who has a mission or a message or speaks up, and stands up for something than someone who doesn’t. ” To further her message of transparency and inclusion, Lawrence has dedicated her career to promoting positive images of women in the media, including as one of the faces of Aerie’s REAL campaign.

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While she’s proud of the work she’s done to support body equality in fashion so far, Lawrence says her long-term goal has always been to create her own brand. Although many assumed a clothing line would be on the horizon, Lawrence instead delved into its connection to self-care, launching Saltair in January, inspired in part by her postpartum journey.

“One of the best ways I knew to connect with myself was to take care of myself. And part of that was when I felt connected to my body, that’s special to me,” Lawrence said. . “I found the shower to be where I discovered sanctuary, cried, had ideas, rejuvenated and regained my energy.” It is, she says, her “hope” for Saltair. “For people to see [Saltair] like, like, a little reminder that we want you to love yourself, you deserve to love yourself. Let’s be clean. Let’s enjoy these moments. And, of course, that’s just the beginning.”

Ahead, Lawrence breaks down some of the Holy Grail beauty and wellness essentials she likes to use for mental grounding as a new mom and business owner. From candles to collagen water, here’s everything the model and influencer use to Remove the edge.

What are you reading these days?

[My partner and I] Just finished wild game by Adrienne Brodeur. It’s the true story of a mother who has an affair with her best friend’s husband and ends up confiding in her 14-year-old son. It’s a very good read. I’m also about to read educated by Tara Westover; it was one of President Obama’s top picks, and I’m really excited about this book.

What are some of your favorite bath and/or shower products?

I use Bondi Sands Coconut Sea Salt Body Scrub as I tan a lot and have keratosis pilaris on my arms which helps keep it at bay. When it comes to shampoo, I usually use Ouai Fine Hair Shampoo, which is great for volume, then once a week, I use Kérastase’s Blond Absolu range, which I think is the best to cancel out the yellow and brassy tones. .

I also like to wash my face in the shower and use Ole Henriksen Truth Juice Daily Cleanser. I love its smell and texture, it doesn’t irritate my skin and leaves me with a bit of a glow. For shaving my armpits, I swear by the Schick Intuition razor, which I’ve been using solidly for probably 12 years – I can’t live without this thing. And after showering or bathing, of course, I use my Saltair lotion.

What beauty or self-care products do you regularly use to combat zoom fatigue?

On Zoom, I think having daylight is really important, and making sure you have your meetings has plenty of it. Proper hydration also plays a key role for sure, and being aware of the types of ingredients and food that will sustain your energy rather than deplete it. Philip and I noticed that when we had more sweets for breakfast, we crashed significantly more. I like to have a fresh smoothie or collagen water from Vital Proteins during the day because I don’t drink tea or coffee.


Vital Proteins Collagen Water (Pack of 4)

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Do you have a favorite hand sanitizer, soap and/or cream right now?

I use baby hand sanitizers – this is a great hack as they are really gentle and don’t dry out. So just Babyganics sanitizer; they have, like, a foam version and it’s really, really nice. Otherwise, in all my other bathrooms, it’s Mrs. Meyer’s, just the good ol’ standard stuff. But I have the lotion that goes with it; it’s one thing, I need to have the corresponding lotion.

Do you ever light a candle or an incense stick to decompress? If so, what are some of your favorites?

I’ve had a lot of Christmassy Yankee Candle scents in the house for a while, but right now I’m very excited about the Boy Smells x Kacey Musgraves Slow Burn Candle.

What’s the last beauty product you put on today?

MAKE Beauty Pink Matter Multi-Purpose Balm — it reminds me of Crème de la Mer, it’s so nourishing. And it sits on your lips without being sticky.

Are you into bold makeup, no makeup, or no makeup right now, and why?

Makeup definitely no makeup yet. I was a makeup-free person for quite a while during postpartum, and then I thought, “I really like wearing makeup. It makes me feel good.” Mascara is especially important to me, even though I don’t have anything else. I think it’s because I’m so blonde that my eyelashes are disappearing. So adding just that little bit of mascara is like “Hello, I made an effort, I’m here!” I always come back to L’Oréal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara. We go to the lake, and I can jump in the water, the dirt, and the mascara doesn’t budge.


Telescopic waterproof mascara

What’s the last fitness class you streamed or took in person?

I started working with OxFit, so the last classy thing I did was at their HQ. This was probably my last workout, but I’ll probably take a yoga class soon. My friend keeps telling me to go with her and I need it.

What self-care tip would you recommend to our readers?

I want to say first of all that taking care of yourself is not selfish, no matter what you think. I think especially for new moms, there’s so much guilt. I tried not to, and it sucked. I felt worse about myself, had less energy, and was less motivated to do things. So, taking care of yourself is not selfish; I know that’s an overused quote, but it’s really true.

And I don’t want people to feel guilty about investing time for themselves, no matter what that looks like to them. We can also multi-task and use those moments for a pep talk, to motivate you to say nice things to each other. And if you feel you can’t do both, have post-its or your journal next to you for affirmations or reminders. Really enjoy it and take some time for yourself.

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