What do you know about France? You know of film noir, baguettes, couture, delicious cheese and aromatic wine, but what do you know about French beauty? French women are among the most beautiful ones in the world, regardless of their age, and they always manage to look fresh and natural. Their beauty routine consists of many little things, and luckily for us, they are not afraid to share their tips with the women of the world.
Watch your diet
When you are young it doesn’t matter much what you eat, your body uses a lot of energy so chocolate and cake do not bother you or your skin. However, as you get older your body and skin become more sensitive, and blemishes show much more easily. Find a diet that soothes your skin, and under no circumstances should you try those ‘miraculous’ diets which make you lose weight soon and then get it back on even sooner. Such diets will only leave your skin sagging, especially on your face, and you will look older.
Less is more
Going easy on the makeup is something French girls do from the early years: you will see them wearing mascara, lipstick and eyeliner; seldom more than that. This is because they want to leave their pores free, and too much layers of makeup do exactly the opposite, causing acne breakouts and blackheads to appear. If you have nice skin there is no need to hide it underneath heavy makeup, especially in summer.
Use natural cosmetics
There is nothing better than Mother Nature, you will agree with French girls on this? They use a lot of natural cosmetics, and dominant ingredient is lavender. Lavender fields in France are breathtakingly beautiful, and uses of lavender are many: flower and oils are both used as medicine, to soothe skin and mind alike. Just like lavender relaxes the body and eases sleep, lavender oil has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties which help skin regenerate.
Ask for help
When they reach puberty, French girls start getting monthly facial treatments from professional aestheticians which help them keep their skin beautiful. However, as they get older, they are not afraid to visit specialists which help them slow the process down. They freely visit a facial rejuvenation clinic as well as plastic surgeons when they decide the time is right. They are very proud of their natural beauty and will do whatever it takes to preserve it.
Exfoliate and moisturize
Exfoliating every day is important, but be careful not to strip your skin of its natural oils by doing it too vigorously or by using harsh products. Use gentle cleansers, such as foaming cleanser by Clarins Australia, which will not leave your skin dry and tight afterwards, and make sure you apply a moisturizer before going to bed. What is more, when you leave your skin in the morning and know you will spend some time outside, apply some sunscreen too: sun can give you a lovely tan, but it will also age you too soon if you’re not careful. In addition, make sure you drink at least six glasses of water every day – it will keep the moisture in your skin during the day.
Keep it cool
French women know very well that a touch of cold water and air can do you good – they avoid blow drying and straightening their hair, and always use cold water to wash their faces in the morning. This way their hair stays strong and healthy, and in the morning their faces lose the swollen and sleepy look very soon. When taking a shower, use hot water first and cold water later, this way your pores will stay closed and your skin will look fresh for a very long time.
Knowing your skin type is number one priority, because you can adjust every other aspect of your skincare accordingly. Be persistent, do not give up even if you feel tired and would rather go to bed with your mascara on than go through the meticulous process of taking it off. Believe us, you will be glad later for being thorough, when your skin feels smooth and fresh.