How to age with elegance by Clémence von Mueffling
A BIT ABOUT ME
I am the daughter and granddaughter of two beauty editors for French Vogue, and grew up absorbing their wisdom and advice. Today, I proudly continue their legacy in my book Ageless Beauty: The Secrets To French Elegance. OK, it’s mostly for women, but men can learn too!
Beauty is not about perfection. Regardless of age, French women are always coquettish and not as concerned with ageing as much as ageing gracefully. The reality and existence of wrinkles are not as important as the quality and health of their skin. Well-hydrated skin that’s dewy and glowing optimally reflects light in a flattering way, so skin quality is paramount. We prefer bare skin and minimal make-up. Add a smile, et voilà!
A TOUCH OF SILK
Never over-exfoliate, and treat your skin as you would your favourite silk blouse. Why would you burn, dry, and peel, rather than nourishing and maintaining healthy skin? You only have one face; treat it with great care, in the most delicate way you can.
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE
The secret to great skin is double- cleansing. The first time, you get rid of the impurities, pollution or make-up with a creamy product. The second, you clean the skin’s top-most layer to optimise its natural protection and regeneration, which primarily takes place at night while you’re sleeping.
RUB ME TENDER
People underestimate the power of massage. You will be amazed how much you can improve your face by massaging it yourself regularly. It will tone the skin, improve circulation and minimise lines. Best of all, it’s free!
If you’re going on holiday, avoid exfoliation (or peels) a few days prior to any extended period of time spent out in the sun. If the skin is over sensitised, it may get sunspots. If you’re taking a flight, travel with well- hydrated skin without make-up, as it can be very drying. Apply make-up just before you land.
A HELPING HAND
My mother shared a memory from years ago when a friend recommended she see a make-up artist. The best way to find the right one is to ask around, or visit beauty counters at department stores. “Experts will know how to use and blend colours for your specific skin tone,” she notes. “This is an art, and not something that most of us are good at. They can really help you.”
One thing that really makes Ageless Beauty special is I don’t address fads. These are tried and true tips, some that have worked for generations, and newer ones based on scientific research. I always say “it’s better to look great for your age than to look no age at all.”
3 TIPS FOR BEING MORE FRENCH
CARE FOR HAIR
Hair that’s a bit messy and undone is the ultimate French beauty signature. Overdoing it is a common mistake
DON’T FORGET YOUR DÉCOLLETÉ
Take precaution and regularly apply sunscreen as you would on your face
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Even the smallest changes to your beauty routine can make a difference, and are something worthy of feeling good about