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Anti-ageing

How to keep your skin looking radiant
after the menopause

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Pascale MoraPascale MoraIn charge of Scientific Communication at Vichy

Nathalie BroussardPascale GuéganMake up artist

Nearly half of all women over the age of 50 suffer from dull, lifeless skin.
It’s no secret that after the menopause your skin can start to lose volume and definition. At this stage of your life your female hormones become less active, and this can often lead to dry, paper-thin skin. Microcirculation becomes sluggish and your complexion can lose its radiance.

This is where foundation can work miracles – but it’s important to get it right. Poorly applied foundation can actually accentuate wrinkles and fine lines.
Here are some top tips to rejuvenate your complexion and keep your skin looking as radiant as you feel!

The miracle solution: b.b. cream

This cream brightens the complexion and restores luminosity. Steer clear of that oh-so-familiar old-lady look – plastering on endless layers of thick foundation won’t conceal your wrinkles, it’ll just make them stand out all the more!
b.b. cream offers a winning combination: “It gives you all the benefits of an anti-ageing treatment along with a colour that blends seamlessly into your skin and subtly corrects your complexion,” explains Pascale Mora, in charge of Scientific Communication at Vichy.

A glowing complexion

For a truly radiant look, learn how to boost your microcirculation and brighten your skin tone as you apply your daily skin care treatment. Makeup artist Pascale Guégan swears by this technique: “You really can brighten your features with just a few simple movements,” she explains. Find out how in this helpful clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtOedamL0EI&list=PL4E36C533569ABA94&index=10&feature=plpp_video.
Try using a mild scrub with vegetable extracts (such as jojoba) once a week – it’s a great way to stimulate your microcirculation without irritating your skin.

For die-hard foundation fans

The first thing to do is to apply a good moisturiser. “If your skin isn’t hydrated, it will absorb the fluid in your foundation and leave behind the coloured pigments, which will seep into wrinkles and accentuate them,” continues Pascale Guégan. That’s why it’s so important to moisturise beforehand.
Pascale has some great advice for applying foundation. First, always use upward movements. Focus on applying it to the hollows under your eyes, which tend to sink with age, then gently glide your fingers up under your eyes and along your laughter lines to smooth out the skin. Finish with an extra-light dusting of loose translucent powder.
A final touch: spray on a light mist of spa water to seal, then dab with a paper tissue to remove any excess.

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