Self-care starts (and ends) at home these days. Looking after two toddlers and a dog while trying to run a company from home, Silk Therapeutics founder Rebecca “Beck” Lacouture knows how vital—and challenging—it is to look after yourself. With Mother’s Day coming up, Beck shared some thoughts on beauty, finding time for self-care and the wisdom of home haircuts.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is about highlighting what we love about our natural self—like healthy skin that celebrates everything we've been through in life.
What’s your idea of self-care? And how can we fit some into our crazy lives right now?
Self-care is about finding those moments to relax so you can be present to appreciate the rollercoaster of motherhood. For me, it's about celebrating extra time we have with our families and involving them in our self-care. Plant a garden together. Cook with the kids. Zoom with friends. And when all else fails, lock the bathroom door and enjoy a good soak in the tub.
What are your favorite self-care products these days?
Nurture+: My focus is on keeping my skin feeling great without a ton of products. Nurture+ is just the right weight moisturizer for my skin, leaving me feeling hydrated and soft without a heavy feeling.
Sole Soft: I'm one of those people who is always running around barefoot, and my poor feet show it. I use Sole Soft to keep my feet soft between pedicures (and am so grateful to have it while stuck at home!). I can sleep with it on, rinse in the morning in the shower—then I'm back at it with my now-softer feet.
What’s your biggest challenge as a mom during this time?
We’re fortunate that our sons are too young to understand the severity behind the stay-at-home advisory. My most trying moments have been trying to explain to them why they can't spend time with extended family and friends, and that I don't know when "soon we can" actually is.
Any bright sides for you as a parent these past few weeks?
My older son and I planted seeds together to start a vegetable garden… It's been fun to watch him water them daily and to see his excitement when a new plant sprouts. My younger son had just taken his first steps before this all broke. Being home has given us an opportunity to watch his first shaky steps turn into a confident walk.
Any funny moments you want to share?
I'm an engineer by training, so I like to think I can follow instructions and be pretty precise. I figured I could follow online instructions to give my son a trim with some clippers. When I asked him recently if he wanted another trim, he just looked at me and said, “We can wait for the barber.” Apparently, I should stick to engineering.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what’s the sanity level in your house right now? 1 being a zen garden, 10 being a Game of Thrones battle scene.
If it's been raining all day—we’ve had a lot of that in Massachusetts lately—and it's just before bedtime, it's a "dog barking, kids screaming ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ at the top of their lungs, parents pleading for a moment of silence" kind of 10. But most days, I'd put us at a 3.
What’s your go-to WFH outfit?
Patriots sweatpants and a hoodie.
What are you listening to, reading or watching these days?
With two kids, a husband, a dog and a full-time job, I'm not reading much beyond the latest FDA guidance documents for hand sanitizers. And I definitely can't share my TV watching habits.