The temperatures are cooling, the feeling of sand between the toes are a distant memory and longer snoozing hours are a thing of the past; school’s back for autumn. The school gates can be the most judgemental arena, with competition extending from the kids’ tests within the classroom to the most put together looks waiting in the school grounds. In between getting the children’s lunch packed, making sure the homework has been finished and getting everyone ready on time before the school bell chimes, it’s tempting to venture out with unkempt hair and a nude face. But as with the school run, preparation is the key to nailing the bare-faced beauty look.



When the kids are safely tucked up in bed, pop a mask on to prep the skin for the day ahead. Dehydrated skin appears sallow and tired, but application of the Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask once a week will keep that dull complexion at bay. Just 20 minutes – enough time to prepare the next day’s nutritious lunch – delivers beneficial nutrients deep into the dermis and highly hydrates the skin for a plumper, youthful complexion.

Apply Brightening Booster before or with a night cream to even the complexion and ensure a luminous canvas. Containing Vitamin C, this potent product revives sallow skin, breathing life back into it. Kopcinol ensures that the appearance of ageing dark spots are faded and prevents future pigmentation.



With the multitude of multi-tasking, it’s not unusual for parents to appear un-rested and tired. The eyes in particular are a tell-tale indications of burning the candle at both ends. Shadows begin to form, lines are more prominent, and under eyes are sunken or puffy. Eye creams are vital to combatting these signs – they have a lighter formula which is specifically designed to penetrate, without irritating, the sensitive and fragile skin around eyes.

Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel has an immediate lifting effect, instantly opening eyes for a more wide-awake look. Dark circles are brightened, erasing signs of late nights. Inclusion of NACY2 means that the delicate skin is able to produce the body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, for potent restoration of the dermis; combined all these effects will have a powerful result on the appearance of the eyes.



Stress, lack of sleep, a poor diet and general ageing all have an effect on the skin’s appearance, even under the microscope. It can look uneven, lack vitality, lacks collagen and looks washed out. A multi-tasking serum which tackles all these issues can be an incredibly useful tool to rejuvenate the complexion while requiring minimum effort.

Cryo Energising Face Serum is designed to replicate the effects of cryotherapy; exposure of the body to -90°C. Riboxyl acts as skins’ charger – it boosts the amount of energy skin cells produce to increase collagen production and improve the skin’s microscopic appearance as well as tighten the visage. Pore size appears reduced, resulting in a polished, toned and smooth canvas. The serum also contains protective ingredients, so manifestations of fatigue are improved long term too.



The old adage ‘you get what you give’ applies to every aspect of life, including the complexion. Regularly taking supplements provides the body nutrients to renew itself inside and out, and also requires minimal effort.

Radiant Skin Beauty Dose provides a full spectrum of antioxidants. Simply taking three a day stimulates the synthesis of glutathione, providing the optimum environment to self-repair cells via NAC Y2. The addition of Vitamins A, C and E improves the vivacity and vigour of the visage.

Eva Alexandrides, co-founder and managing director of 111SKIN, says, “Owning a skincare company, I feel that it’s imperative to my brand that I look good even on the school run, but being a working mum, that can prove challenging. I chose these specific products for my daily routine because they take minimal effort, but provide powerful results so even if I don’t have time to put makeup on, I still look put together and ready for what the day may hold.”

“I’ve noticed in my clinic that working mothers feel more under pressure than ever and are seeking non-surgical and surgical interventions to appear youthful and less fatigued,” adds Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, “I would recommend preventative measures as the healing time of these procedures can be long enough to impact on work and home time. Using products which tackle an array of issues provides efficient skincare without taking too much precious time out of the day.”

With these easy and multi-tasking steps, the school gates needn’t be the intimidating place it could be, look your best with minimal effort and treat the school run as a runway!