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All our tips to improve
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Pascale MoraPascale MoraIn charge of Scientific Communication at Vichy

Pollution, stress, unbalanced diet, smoking – all these factors cause what is known as behavioural ageing. There are treatments (serums) available that address this problem but you can do more. Test and expand your knowledge to identify the characteristic effects of these factors before adopting the right techniques and food supplements to stave off or offset these factors!

1. Is pollution getting under your skin?

Pollution can dull your complexion and increase imperfections.
What to do: Clean oily to mixed skin with water; clean sensitive, dehydrated skin with micellar water. Choose treatments with active ingredients or textures that form a protective film to stop pollution from adhering to your skin.
On the menu: Green tea, grapeseed oil, cabbage, red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, wheatgerm, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.

2. Is your skin exposed to air-conditioning or heating? Watch out for dehydration

Air-conditioning and heating both dry out the skin.
What to do: During your skincare routine, don't rinse too aggressively with water and use a richer version of your favourite treatment.
On the menu: Juicy fruit and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber and melon and drink over 1.5 litres of water a day. Also essential is food rich in essential fatty acids such as rapeseed and walnut oil, soya, fish and nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, etc) to provide optimal protection and hydration.

3. Protect your skin from the sun

Sun exposure causes dark spots and fine lines.
What to do: Protect your skin** by using sunscreen lotion with minimum SPF of 30 and choose a highly nourishing treatment to fill in any fine lines caused by dehydration.
On the menu: Food rich in polyphenols like green tea, grapeseed oil, as well as red fruit like pomegranate, blueberry or raspberry.

4. Do you smoke on a daily basis? Your skin is probably grey and dull…

Smoking leads to dull complexion and dehydration.
What to do: Apply a scrub and a mask once or twice a week. Replace your current treatment with a BB cream for an instant glow.
On the menu: Drink 1.5l of water a day and incorporate green tea and grapeseed oil into your daily diet to combat oxidation due to tobacco.

5. Stop snacking on unhealthy food!

This causes shininess and imperfections.
What to do: Apply a scrub and purifying mask once or twice a week. Supplement your routine with a mattifying treatment, focusing particularly on the T zone.
On the menu: Cut back on fatty or sugary snacks, which disrupt the balance of your skin. Compensate with fruit and vegetables rich in vitamins, fibres and minerals for a flawless, even complexion.

6. Your face is showing signs of tiredness: time for a quick boost!

Tiredness causes dark circles, under-eye bags, dull complexion.
What to do: A draining treatment for the eye contour.
On the menu: Food rich in vitamin C (acerola, cabbage, red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, etc.) and in beta-carotene (mango, apricot, carrots, etc.).

7. Get rid of stress!

Stress causes dehydration and drawn features.
What to do: It's easy to say you should look after yourself… Consider compensation strategies that will boost your well-being, such as sport: activity eliminates toxins and encourages skin regeneration.
On the menu: Food with high water content (fruit and vegetables, dairy products) and anti-stress food containing magnesium (green vegetables, wholegrain cereals, almonds, chocolate) or potassium, present in fruit (banana), vegetables and some starchy food (potato).