Back to School, Back to Self-Care for
Parents, Teachers and Students…
Summer is almost over and we’re thinking of getting back to school
after a break. So, with the year hurtling towards winter again, how
can we take care of ourselves, whether we’re a student, a parent or
It’s important to think of the start of the new school year as a good
thing, whether you’re the child returning to lessons, a mom or a
teacher. If you have kids going to a new school, encourage them by
talking about new beginnings, and new friends. Moms, plan ahead
for me-time if the thought of having a quiet home again fills you with
dread rather than optimism. Book the spa day you’ve been planning;
get the massage or facial treatment you’ve put off over the summer
and make time for you.
Teachers probably need to fill up on self-care before the lessons
begin. Making sure you get enough sleep and take care of your
wellbeing before you start school again will set you up for a more
positive start to the next school year.
Summer isn’t over just because the school bell has rung! Make the
most of what’s left of the good weather and get out in the sunshine
(with plenty of sun screen of course; the sun is still strong in August
and September). If you can walk with the kids to school, ditch the car
and get some exercise in before lessons. Get out and about at
weekends so that the summer vibes are carried on as long as
possible and combine the fresh air with fitness too.
Walking to school works just as well for teachers, if you’re cooped up
all day indoors, getting that burst of energy first thing will set you up
for the day and stop you feeling depleted of energy by lunchtime. If
you’re really keen, why not take a detour through a park and take
kids to chase or a kettlebell to get the heart going?
Take Care of your Mental Health
Students going back for important years at college or school can start
to feel the stress build, as can their parents and teachers. Try to
encourage teens out of their bedrooms and get them off social
media to avoid even more stress build up, even when they have tests
Tempt the teens outside with a walk, even if there’s shopping or icecream involved, or book a relaxing massage for you both to de-
stress. The younger ones might enjoy a splash in a lido or pool to let
off some steam. Try a spa day just for you if you’re exhausted
yourself or book in for a massage to combat kid-related stress.
Teachers really need to look after their own mental health – a
stressed out teacher is no use to anyone, so now could be the time
to suggest yoga or meditation sessions in school. Even simple
mindfulness techniques can help to calm parents, teachers and kids
dealing with difficult times at school.
Remember it’s a new beginning – make the most of the next
5 Tips for Caring for Sensitive Skin.
Sensitive skin is caused by irritation in the nerve endings in the top layer of your skin and happens because its natural barrier function has been weakened for one reason or another. Some of the things that are known to trigger sensitivity include: 1. Exposure to sunlight and air pollution 2. Temperature fluctuations (going from a hot office to cold outdoors for example) 3. Cold, windy and wet weather 4. Using water with a higher mineral content 5. Cleaning your skin with very hot water 6. Not getting enough sleep 7. Hormonal changes – pregnancy, menstruation and menopause 8. Stress 9. Late nights 10. Chlorine in swimming pools 11. Dehydration 12. Naturally dry skin A recent European study found that up to 52% of people surveyed reported that they had a skin sensitivity of some kind. This can be anything from an occasional flare up to the kind of extreme sensitivity that can make life (and skin care) difficult. An everyday sensitive skin can leave you with dry, flaky patches, itchiness and discomfort, blemishes and redness, and this can be serious enough to affect your confidence and selfesteem. Sensitive skin: – Can feel tight and uncomfortable a lot of the time – May be sore or sensitive – Needs extra hydration, especially in winter – Dries out easily but tends to be oily in summer – Often flushes after drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods – Tends to have red patches that may not fade – Has uneven texture, dryness and flakiness in places – Reacts to some skincare products – Is often itchy or develops a rash after contact with certain substances – Itches after contact with some types of fabric – Dries out quickly after a hot shower or bath
Tips for Looking After Your Sensitive Skin: To keep sensitive skin happy, you need to treat it carefully. 1. Treat your skin kindly. Always look for products that are gentle and designed to not irritate your skin. Avoid higher concentrations of strong ingredients like niacinamide, retinol, vitamin C, BHA (salicylic acid), or AHA (glycolic or lactic acid). If you have sensitive skin, always read the label before using a new product. 2. Stay moisturised. Moisturising is even more important for you if you have sensitive skin. Ask your esthetician for advice, or as a general rule, opt for a gentle, long-lasting moisturiser that’s designed to keep sensitive skin hydrated throughout the day. Make sure that it doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients or ingredients that you know will cause your skin to react. 3. Keep it simple. Most dermatologists recommend a simple three-step regime for sensitive skin: Cleanse, Moisturise, Protect. Don’t get stressed about the latest 10-step skincare menus and multi-tasking products; with sensitive skin less is more. 4. Always stay protected. Keep your skin protected at all times, from sun and environmental damage. Wear gloves to protect your hand when you are doing the laundry and household tasks. Always wear a sun screen suitable for sensitive skin and use extra hydration when you expose your skin to harsh weather and temperatures. 5. Stay away from the perfumed products. Don’t use perfumed products. Research has shown that fragranced beauty and skincare products are one of the most common causes of negative skin reactions, so while the unscented skincare products may seem a little dull, you know that your skin will thank you for using them. If in doubt – ask your esthetician for advice on the perfect products and treatments for your sensitive skin.