En Vogue: the best new beauty products of summer 2018

En Vogue: the best new beauty products of summer 2018

As soon as summer comes along, it’s time to switch up your skincare regime to suit the new season. Store those rich, heavy creams and moisturizers right along with your winter coats, and make the switch to lightweight gel moisturizers, hydrating serum hydrating face mists, SPF moisturizers, and post-sun hydration-boosters. The latest launches are all geared towards keeping your skin protected while you’re outside, and soothing and restoring it once you come back inside. Here are all the new heroes to add to your beauty arsenal. Continue reading “En Vogue: the best new beauty products of summer 2018”

How French women stay slim without trying

How French women stay slim without trying

The French paradox

Did you ever hear about the French paradox? In 1987, Ducimetiere and his team coined the term “the French Paradox” to refer to the fact that the French have among the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world despite having among the highest intakes of saturated fat. Many authors have proposed various hypotheses to explain the French paradox. The main assumptions that have been explored relate to the lifestyle of the French, in particular, their drinking and dietary habits.

Since the consumption of alcohol, in particular wine, is high in France compared with most Western countries, it has been proposed that their drinking habits may protect the French against cardiovascular diseases (thanks to resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant which is found most abundantly in grapes and, therefore, red wine). However, other dietary aspects are probably important in the French paradox. A recent assumption was that the French may be protected simply by their dietary habits, in the same way as the other South European populations. The answers may lie in the overall quality of the diet rather than in a single food or beverage. Continue reading “How French women stay slim without trying”