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Back to School - Nerdie Lessons On Skincare Basics

Back to school for some, and a whole new nerdie world for many hoomans for whom this is second nature every September. The back to school for every hooman looks a lot different this year, we can’t deny it. But all the same, no matter how the return to school will look for you, new notebooks are being bought, textbooks picked out, and plans being made for a new chapter of the year. 

Whether you’re a teacher, a student yourself, or the parent of a mini-hooman ready to hit the books (like me, of course), you’re probably no stranger to the concept of every day being a school day.  

With that in mind, I’ve got a few back to school basic lessons for all of the nerd out there, for a rather different back to school than we might have been expecting.  

Maskne 

This year, one of the biggest skincare concerns that we’re dealing with has got to be maskne. I think our friends and family who have been working in professions where PPE has been mandatory for many years are saying ‘I told you so’ as we moan about our spots and lumps and bumps, but it’s definitely a problem which we’re all facing in some way, shape, or form these days.  

If you’re facing a work-day (perhaps as a teacher, or other frontline worker), then it’s important to ensure that your skin beneath the mask is cared for.  

You can read more lengthy advice on how to look after skin suffering from maskne here, but here’s a few tips to tide you over.  

If possible, keep a Cleanse Off Mitt on you for cleansing away skin which is feeling the heat and humidity under the mask if you can do so safely during the day. Don’t forget, the Cleanse Off Mitt even comes with a handy pocket for sealing away your mitt after use for safety (the nerd always has a plan).  

Keep your skincare layers light, double cleanse morning and evening, and if you find that spots are making their mark across your skin, consider reaching for a salicylic-acid based cleanser like Skingredients Sally Cleanse. This 2% salicylic acid based cleanser will pack a punch, with betahydroxy acid which will penetrate pores to dissolve blockages in them to help to limit breakouts, or stop them in their tracks.  

Make a note of that, it’ll be on the test. (just kidding) 

Tackle your KP 

I know the summer might have been a little bit of a wash-out in parts, but if you did manage to enjoy a bit of the warm weather, you might have ended up noticing something puzzling.  

If your time in tees showed you a host of tiny red bumps on the backs of your arms or your thighs, then here’s a nerdie lesson for you: it’s nothing to worry about, just a case of KP.  

Keratosis pilaris is super common, particularly among Irish hoomans, and it’s harmless, but perhaps a little bit unsightly. If you’re feeling self-conscious about these little bumps, fear not, I’ve got the tips for you.  

Environ Derma-Lac Lotion is a great option for tackling KP. It contains lactic acid, which is an effective acid, particularly suited to exfoliating away lumps and bumps like KP. This product is also completely suited for dry, rough skin on the body including feet, elbows and knees. You can use it on your face too, making it a product that works hard. And it’s suitable for all hoomans. Very handy.  

Spritz O’Clock 

If you take one lesson with you into your new nerdie academic year, let it be this. Make Spritz O’Clock a way of life for you. If you can safely spritz during the day, it can actually help to soothe skin which might be feeling the burden of mask-wearing.  

Also there’s no doubt that the act of spritzing can help to keep you feeling cooler, calmer, and a little more collected. Our particular favourites might be Avene Thermal Water Spritz – cooling, soothing, and super gentle. A newcomer to The Skin Nerd Store would also be Jane Iredale Pommist spray, which is cooling, soothing, and also handily hand-bag sized! 

Jade rolling 

When it comes to wellness, I do love a bit of jade rolling for helping to work out tension, and one of the greatest benefits of jade rolling had got to be the fact that the simple act of jade rolling can help to prompt lymphatic drainage which helps skin to look a little less puffy. It’s simple and easy to do, and you can even pop it into your handbag with your Pommist if you’re feeling seriously self-care oriented. It’s something that you can do as often as you like, too.  

Getting eco-friendly 

Making a simple switch in our routine to be a little greener can be a great choice to make, and it doesn’t need to bring you any pain. It’s like a New Year’s resolution, but all for the school year. Listen, it makes sense to us.  

Some of our favourite green and skin-friendly picks that we think could work perfectly in your skincare routine are right here.  

Klorane Anti-Pollution Detox Shampoo with Aquatic Mint is a biodegradable shampoo which is a huge plus for us. It’s an effective cleanser for the scalp (making it very skin friendly) and can remove up to 97% of pollutant particles. It contains aquatic mint, a botanical antioxidant which helps to protect skin from oxidative pressure.  

You could choose a more sustainable sheet mask option. Our pick might be Seoulista Super Hydration Instant Facial Sheet Mask, which is made of biocellulose, making the mask element of it fully biodegradable. This hyaluronic acid infused sheet mask also contains antioxidant-rich coconut to help reduce oxidative pressure.  

Back to school is a time of excitement and uncertainty every year but I think we’d be hard-pressed to think of a more uncertain school opening than this one. We hope you all stay safe and stay nerdie, and let us know in the comments – what’s your go-to back-to-school and back-to-basics skincare tips? 

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