The start of the new school term has an extra edge of anticipation for us Mums this year. It feels like the beginning of normality after endless lockdowns, bubbles, lateral flow tests and home-schooling, with women bearing the brunt of it all - so it's great that we might finally be turning a little attention back to ourselves.
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Indeed, Glowday has more bookings for treatments in September, then ever before! Over a quarter of women say lockdown has aged them and are turning to non-surgical aesthetic treatments to put the spring back in their step and perhaps feel more like themselves on the school run.
Looking good at the school gates is not a consideration for me. I can't say I've ever given two hoots how I look when dropping my son off, nor do I I look at the other Mum's appearances or pass any real judgement, aside from feeling utterly lazy when one of them is clearly going straight for a run. Eugh. But, according to the Daily Mail (I know, I know) for some Mums it really is a thing - an aspect of their lives that's very important to them. They feel pressured, they feel competitive and they feel compelled to look impeccable when they drop off Tarquin and Posy.
Faye 45, has had Botox and tear trough fillers before her children return to school and says the prospect of out-of-proportion lip fillers turns her stomach and Botox works wonders. Picture Credit: Daily Mail
This is very much a Mum thing, although I suspect there's an equivalent competitiveness among a lot of Dads and what cars they drive (I'm just glad we have a car!)
I confess, I did an eye roll at some of the comments from the women in the article.
"I organised a diary packed with beauty appointments so I look flawless on the first day back at those gates. I want to look my very best when we mothers all reunite on the morning drop-off again."
‘This September, everyone will be that bit more careful about how they look. We’ve had to work harder than ever after letting things slide in lockdown.’
I mean, I'm just pleased if I manage to get my little one to school on time, but hey ho, judge ye not!
Why are Mums having Botox?
When you read behind the unmistakable DM embellishment, subtle business plugs and hyperbole, all these women really want is to look like the very best version of themselves, and feel confident and self-assured. And that's exactly what aesthetic treatments can do for us. I loathe to see these stories in some ways, as it's so concentrated on the vanity aspect of the industry. It's click-baity. It's the kind of article that get sent around on whatsapp 'Can you believe these women!'. They feed the scoffers, the cynics, the judgy women who believe we should all grow old gracefully. I suspect these women would all be having treatments anyway, and it's not only about how they look at the school gates, it's about how they feel about themselves generally, all the time. But that wouldn't be as interesting to read would it!
So, what treatments are good for Mums on the school run?
Well, let's just tell you what treatments are generally great for Mums, whether they care what they look like on the school run or not. First up, and by far the most popular poison of choice, Botox. But not your regular Botox, things have moved on, and if it's your first foray into treatments, baby Botox is your new BFF.
1. Baby Botox.
For many, baby Botox is the perfect answer to combating the issue of the ‘frozen look’ that is sometimes associated with Botox. You know the one, the permanently startled look that Heather with the twins has and nobody knows if it's Botox or fear.
Dr Ana Mansouri, aesthetic practitioner at Kat & Co Aesthetics, explains, “It’s a similar approach to a normal anti-wrinkle, but I think of it as a more modern take on softening wrinkles than the more traditional approach. You take a higher dose of toxin to eliminate lines, but with baby Botox, I soften lines in the most undetectable and natural way. You’re still able to move and make expressions, the lines just won’t be as prominent as before. The muscles won’t be quite strong enough to cause lines at rest.
The aim of this subtle treatment is to get rid of the lines at rest but keep the lines while you’re expressing yourself, because that’s part of normality. It’s really undetectable and blends in nicely with the rest of your face and neck, and there’s no need to worry about not being able to move your muscles or feel that you have restricted movement. But it is also, generally, enough to prevent those lines from becoming deepset.”
2. Tear Trough Fillers.
If you’re ready to plunge right into non-surgical aesthetic treatments, that have an instant and immediate impact on your face and will make you look as if you’ve slept for 10 years straight, then, my friends Tear Trough Fillers are for you. This will be the treatment that makes the other Mums wonder why you look so fresh!
What are tear trough fillers?
Injectables, such as tear trough dermal fillers, are a very popular non-surgical treatment option that can help replace volume to the hollowed areas around the eyes responsible for creating the dark shadows. This can result in a fresher appearance and lasts from 9 months to a year.
As we get older, our facial structure changes. Our skin becomes thin and crepey, and we see more pigmentation and hollowing under the eyes. It doesn’t help that we lose fat, bone and suffer volume loss around our eye and cheek area, and that the fat pads near our eyes can slip, causing bulging, otherwise known as eyebags. This, combined with the hollowing from the loss of bone and tissue, can cause deep depressions known as tear troughs (between the cheek and the eyelid), and make us look tired, even when we’re not - let alone when we actually are!
Having recently taken the plunge myself with this one, I can confirm Profhilo is the treatment that is mostly likely to get the other Mums asking what moisturiser you're using. The answer is 'hyaluronic acid' as this is what is injected underneath your skin to plump from the inside out. Profhilo is a SKIN treatment - it doesn't change your face or alter any structures. I'm yet to see the full results, but I've already noticed that my skin looks hydrated, feels firmer and just looks fresher. My make-up is sitting better on my skin and some of the lines around my mouth have almost disappeared! I kid you not! Another school-run Mum who is a fan of this treatment is Totes Inappropes, check out this article from her she calls it a miracle!
4. WOW Facial.
If you’re new to non-surgical aesthetics and feel some trepidation about doing more than your usual Apricot face scrub, a WOW facial is going to be brilliant for you.
The WOW Facial is a huge step up from your average facial - this one is like a facial on steroids. Why? The WOW Facial lasts over an hour and comprises 6 different stages. Best of all it’s completely tailored to your skin needs. So, if your main skin concern is acne - no problem. Likewise, if your concern is ageing skin - it’ll help with that too. Whatever your skin need, it pretty much has you covered. Your practitioner will assess your skin in a thorough consultation before the treatment to make sure you get the very best out of it. This facial will leave you feeling refreshed and energised and the results last much longer than your average facial.
What’s amazing about this treatment is that you’ll be treated to a customisable plan that includes some pretty awesome stages. Effectively, you’ll be having multiple treatments in one!
5. Chemical Peel.
If you’re more confident having treatments that go beyond a trip to the beauty salon, then you should consider a chemical peel to delete the tiredness.
A chemical peel - AKA a skin peel - is a type of treatment used to improve the overall appearance of skin by chemically exfoliating it and boosting new skin cell growth and collagen. Practitioners apply a solution made up of acid that removes dead skin cells to create smooth skin, lessen blemishes, pigmentation, fine lines and acne scarring, as well as minimising the appearance of age spots. Acid? Yep, that’s right - but it’s not as scary as it sounds, as, if used properly, the acids used in a skin peel are safe on skin and can have fantastic results.
So, what’s a superficial chemical peel?
A superficial peel is the mildest type of chemical peel - otherwise known as a light chemical peel. Your practitioner will likely use a solution made up of either lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid or salicylic acid that will break down the chemical bonds in the skin in order to get rid of the dead skin cells, replacing them with new, improved skin cells. As the name suggests, acids used in superficial peels don’t penetrate very far - just to the epidermis (the top layer of skin that we see).
Superficial peels are perfect if you want quick results and a speedy recovery period, as you’re looking at just one day before you can get back to normal. They start from just £60 too, so are great from a cost perspective, but they will need to be repeated regularly in order to maintain the fantastic results.
Chemical peel treatments can be highly effective to treat problem skin, before and after of patient from Gema Lorenzo Aesthetics
Ok, and a medium depth skin peel?
For a medium depth chemical peel, the practitioner will generally use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) which isn’t neutralised. This works by going a little deeper than the superficial peel, penetrating the upper dermal layers (just below the surface, where collagen fibres are found).
Due to the stronger acid mix and the depth that the treatment reaches, the medium peel provides a more impressive result - helping reduce dark circles, sun damage and mild acne scarring. But it’s worth noting that the recovery period is longer, and can take up to a week. In the meantime, skin is red and very raw, so you’ll likely want to stay home during this period. Though skin isn’t generally sore, you will need to keep it covered in antibiotic ointment.
So, while a medium peel can have more noticeable results than a superficial peel, it is not necessarily ideal for people looking for an immediate result. If you have an event coming up that you want to have fresher looking skin for, and have decided that a medium peel is for you, be sure to book an appointment in advance - it's not one to do before school pick-up!
School run Mum
So there's a few ideas if you are one of those Mums who wants to dazzle at the school gates, or just a Mum who wants to dazzle, or just an ordinary woman who want to feel more like herself again! You can book any of these treatments with some incredible practitioners right on your doorstep, right here
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