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Mature women are sexy as well as wise due to their years and confidence. But sometimes the changes that we see on our faces and skin make us lose sight of how awesome we are. Physical changes in hair color, skin texture and tone make us feel like we’re getting old ungracefully. It doesn’t have to be that way! Your skincare regimen and style does need to change, though, to accommodate your beautiful, changing form. To that end here are a few top beauty tips for women over forty.

Change Your Wardrobe Color Palette

Your skin and hair are probably changing. As such, clothing colors that suited you before may not look as good now. Try adding a little warmth to the color scheme of your wardrobe. Women over forty often play it safe, selecting beige and cream garments. Unfortunately, pale colors detract from mature beauty, leaving you looking washed out. Bring back that healthy glow with rich, warm shades. If you have silver hair, then warm reds like mulberry, burgundy, or auburn often accent well with your “new” hair color.

You can wear a wide array of colors, but go for high pigments and richly colored fabrics. Don’t feel like you’re stuck with autumn colors either. There are plenty of bright colors that look fantastic on women of your age. Turquoise, sunflower yellow, and lavender are examples of energizing colors that enhance your appearance.

Beauty Tips For Older Skin

As you know, your skin becomes drier as you get older and requires extra moisture to stay supple. However, don’t forget to exfoliate dry skin to aid absorption and get rid of flaky dry patches. A dab of bicarbonate of soda mixed with water will do the trick. Or, you can opt for a luxury scrub from a beauty shop.

Once flaky areas are gone, your skin will be ready to soak up moisturizer. There are many commercial varieties, but you’ve probably been exposed to their chemical content over the years. Perhaps you’ll enjoy natural ways of adding moisture.

Remember to hydrate by drinking water, and consider using natural oils to keep your skin smooth and supple. Add essential oils to argan oil or sweet almond oil for a great natural moisturizer. Rose geranium or lavender are good choices. Otherwise use them alone, and they will still be effective.

Hair Care Tips for Aging or Damaged Hair

Your hair is dry, and perhaps brittle if you’ve not added moisture or had trims. As a rule of thumb cut off split ends every four to six weeks. Otherwise, they spoil your appearance. Regular shampoo and conditioner might not repair your hair’s condition. Use a deep oil treatment monthly. Alternatively, add a tablespoonful of coconut oil to your regular conditioner or, before drying, rub it into the ends of your hair. Next, smooth the surplus of the oil, left on your hands, from the top of your hair downward.

You’re over forty, and it’s your turn to shine. You can look better than ever by following some of these beauty tips, and restoring the lost moisture of your hair and skin. Also select rich, or highly pigmented bright colors when deciding what to wear for an attractive appearance.

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Five of the Best (Free!) Things to Do in Paris

Winter may be your only time to travel, but it is also a great time of year to avoid crowds and the high costs that come with being a tourist. And despite its expensive reputation, Paris is a diverse modern city with a variety of delights to see – even in winter. Whatever you’re into, a memorable trip to the French capital doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Go ahead, call up your farm sitter and plan your trip using our suggested list of things to see and do. Check the weather, pack your bags accordingly and you’ll be sipping on mulled wine and shopping in no time, or bringing in the new year with parades, fireworks and champagne!

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

The world famous Notre Dame Cathedral is a stunning example of some of Europe’s finest Gothic architecture. While it costs to climb the 422 tower steps to see the incredible view over Paris, the rest of the cathedral is free to enter.

You can also appreciate the architecture at a leisurely pace via a walk along the Seine or from the park at the rear of the building. Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of Paris and is generally considered essential viewing by most visitors to the city.

Parc du Champ de Mars

Stretching out southeastwards from the base of the Eiffel Tower, the Parc du Champ de Mars offers visitors a free alternative experience of the tower by avoiding the costly lift to the top. Named after the Roman god of war, the park was formerly used as a marching ground for the French military but now provides unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower for tourists and locals.

Take a picnic and some drinks and relax in the shadow of one of the world’s most recognizable and well-loved structures. There are very few places in the world that rival the view looking up from the Parc du Champ de Mars.

Belleville

The streets of Paris are a warren filled with chic and interesting delights. Take a stroll around the district of Belleville to experience the rebellious and multicultural culture and history of its people. Grab some lunch in Chinatown and then visit the spot where Edith Piaf is thought to have been born. The vibrant history and atmosphere of Belleville is found on every street corner and splashed across many walls in the form of sensational street-art. When you tire of district’s lively streets you can take a break in the Parc de Belleville to take the weight off with a lovely view of the city.

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Situated at the base of Montmartre hill in the 9th arrondissement, the Museum of Romantic Life is dedicated to the life and works of writer George Sands and painter Ary Scheffer. The permanent exhibitions are free to enter and offer a well organised and fascinating look into works of the Romantic period.

The museum is set in Scheffer’s picturesque former home and visitors can enjoy a bite to eat in the charming garden cafe in the warmer months. For a romance themed getaway in the world’s most romantic city, a stop at the Musée de la Vie Romantique is the perfect way to kill a few hours.

Canal St-Martin

The tree-lined Canal St-Martin is the ideal place to take a stroll or to watch boats potter by on any stretch of the 4.6-kilometer canal which was constructed under the orders of Napoleon I in 1802. The canal’s quaysides make for a perfect chill-out spot all through the week, but especially so on Sundays when they’re closed to cars.

Locals and visitors can be found relaxing along the edges of the canal enjoying a drink and a bite to eat, so it’s a great place to soak up some authentic Parisian atmosphere at zero financial cost. The canal stretches across much of the city, so it can be used as an idyllic thoroughfare to and from many places throughout Paris.

Contrary to some opinions, the varied and impressive history of France’s number one city can be experienced without paying a small fortune. The city’s world famous landmarks can be viewed and the streets can be explored without breaking the bank. In a city known around the globe for its culture and sophistication, the savvy traveller need only spend a little time planning ahead of time to enjoy all the tremendous attractions Paris has to offer for little or no cost. The city of love is a lot more accessible than you think!


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