Ageing isn’t just about the appearance of wrinkles. A radiant, rosy, youthful complexion can start to look dull and lifeless as the years go by. Our experts offer advice on how to achieve a brighter looking complexion and keep the signs of ageing at bay.
Understanding your complexion
Beauty is often characterised by a natural radiance and a bright, fresh, clear complexion. But “a complexion that’s grey, patchy and rough doesn’t reflect the light properly and can soon become dull and lifeless,” explains Pascale Piquemal, clinical assessment expert.
“When your skin’s brightness fades, your complexion starts to look less youthful. The skin’s deep layers lose their clarity and luminosity, darkening the complexion – and this is exacerbated by blotchiness or dark spots.” This actually has a direct impact on how young you look – people with dull, patchy skin and imperfections such as dilated pores or roughness can appear up to five years older than their real age.
External factors such as pollution, smoking and cold weather can also play a part. “And UV rays silently damage the skin cells deep down and stop the skin from working properly, making it look even duller.” But all is not lost! Here are some tips that can really make a difference.
Exfoliating can work miracles
Exfoliating is a great way to reduce dullness and even out the complexion. It smooths out facial features and also drains the liquid under the skin. But be careful – Annic Lefol-Malosse, Director of the Vichy Institute, warns that scrubbing your face too hard “can irritate the skin. Trust that the product will work – it’s designed to be used with gentle circular movements, working from the inside outwards.”
Pinch yourself – a great-looking complexion really is possible!
“Lightly pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger, then turn it gently from right to left, as if you were turning a key in a lock, pressing down slightly on the edge of the skin before letting go. Repeat these “pinch-and-turn” movements from your chin to your jawbones, from your cheekbones to your ears, from your nose to your ears, and even on your forehead,” says Annic Lefol-Malosse. A healthy radiance will gradually spread over your whole face, giving your complexion a fresh, rosy look. Alternatively look to boost the skin's natural radiance using a special moisturiser for tackling the first signs of ageing.