French skincare secrets from a French beauty blogger

French skincare secrets from a French beauty blogger

How a French beauty blogger cares for her skin

I read so many articles and blog posts about French beauty secrets, French skincare routine and how French take care of their skin, most of them written by non-French beauty bloggers or foreigner journalists that I wanted to write a blog post about this topic.  In this post, I’ll share my personal point of view and observations about a French skincare routine, which may not be representative of the entire French population. For the record, I’m a French beauty blogger, I grew up in the French Alps (close to Geneva), I lived for 4 years in Paris before moving to London.

I think in France, we take our skincare very seriously, not only for great skin today but for great skin in the future. We don’t have a bathroom cabinet filled with a million different skin care product options like American or British do, and we don’t get distracted by the latest and greatest hype. French will always seek up for qualitative (maybe expensive) beauty products and we use to stick with what we know works instead of changing our skincare beauty routine every week. Skincare routines are usually passed down from a generation to the next one (grandmothers, mothers), that explains maybe why French girls take their skincare very seriously from a young age. Continue reading “French skincare secrets from a French beauty blogger”

Non-toxic beauty: how to switch to a clean beauty routine

Non-toxic beauty: how to switch to a clean beauty routine

Lately, I’ve been looking at the ingredients in my favorite skincare products which I’m using every day, and I was quite surprised to see so many different chemicals with unpronounceable names and with unknown benefits for the skin. I’ve always looked at the ingredients in my food: cutting back on processed and refined foods in favor of whole foods. But what am I washing my hair with? What is contained in the day cream that I’m using every day? What chemicals am I applying to my body through my body lotion?

When it comes to personal care products, many of us are unaware of the chemicals that we slather over our skin through beauty products. The truth is that not all ingredients are “clean” and some are actually slowly poisoning our bodies, speeding up the aging process and even causing cancer.

What we put on our skin should be as clean as what we eat.

But for most people, it’s not.

Continue reading “Non-toxic beauty: how to switch to a clean beauty routine”

How to wear red lipstick like a French girl

How to wear red lipstick like a French girl

For this makeup look, I’ve decided to do a video as I thought it would be easier for you to follow step by step which products I’m using, and how I’m doing this very French classic makeup look. As I grew up in France, I’ve always been used to seeing very chic women wearing red lipstick, it’s probably not something that we wear every day but most of the time for special days and nights out.

In France, we’re used to going for no makeup or very minimal foundation, smoky eyes, or red lipstick. When we go for red lipstick, usually the complexion needs to remain very natural, which allows us to wear very intense and bold red lips. It doesn’t matter if your skin is not flawless, as you can see I’m still dealing with some breakouts around the chin, acne scars and redness (no photoshop or filters on this blog), even if my skin has improved by using probiotics. With red lipstick, the focus is on the lip and as the red color attracts attention, all your imperfection will be less visible. In this look -and in all French makeup looks-, the key is to find a balance between glam and natural. Continue reading “How to wear red lipstick like a French girl”

How I cleared up my acne with probiotics

How I cleared up my acne with probiotics

Did you know that acne is increasingly seen in adult women? Almost twice as many women seek help for their acne than men, and one-third of total acne office visits are made by women over 25 years old. Acne traditionally has been attributed to four main factors: sebum production, Propionibacterium acnes colonization, follicular hyperkeratosis, and inflammation. Other factors like hormonal fluctuations, genetics, cosmetics, diet, tobacco use, and stress are likely involved as well in the development of acne in adult women. But what if acne was simply caused by gut issues?

I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had acne in my life. Never. Until the beginning of this year when I’ve started to break out around my chin. At first, I’ve attributed my breakout to hormonal fluctuations, which is really common for a woman. But after a few months, it started to get worse and worse, without understanding what was going on. I was breaking out everywhere on my face; on my chin, cheeks, all over my forehead and even on my temples. Continue reading “How I cleared up my acne with probiotics”