The 3 step French skincare routine

The 3 step French skincare routine

I’m sure you know all about the 10-step Korean skincare routine that has become a global phenomenon, mainly grounded in Korea’s cultural obsession with healthy skin. The 10-step Korean skincare routine rule is basically using an oil cleanser, a water-based cleanser, an exfoliator, a toner, an essence, a serum, a sheet mask, an eye cream, a moisturizer, and an SPF. Even if with this skincare routine you’re not supposed to be doing all 10 steps every single day, I think it’s still a lot of beauty products!

If you’re not doing the 10-step Korean skincare routine, I’m sure your skincare routine is probably as complex (or even more), as we’re constantly encouraged by the beauty industry to add more products to our vanity and spend even longer in the bathroom. As a French beauty blogger, I found myself layering on multiple serums, moisturizers, tinted moisturizers, and sunscreen, and always on the hunt for the next must-have beauty product. The result is a drawn-out, increasingly complex routine that incorporates everything on my shelf—until I start seeing more redness on my cheeks and breakouts. But is it really beneficial to layer up so many products, and is it really helping the skin? Continue reading “The 3 step French skincare routine”

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 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”

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 to get rid of cellulite the French way

How to get rid of cellulite the French way

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is an inflammation of fat deposits which become completely saturated and could not be evacuated naturally. These fat deposits blocked lipids’ circulation and especially lymph circulation which is vital for transporting toxins to organs where toxins will be treated and evacuated. As toxins could not be evacuated anymore, they will accumulate themselves and will create an inflammation into specific areas. This inflammation will be getting worst with low or poor blood circulation. Another consequence of cellulite problem is an aesthetic consequence: the skin is compressed by inflammation and is going to lost its elasticity. Soon after, skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance which is a specific characteristic of cellulite. But what we are seeing is just a reflection of a bad inside disorder. Continue reading “How to get rid of cellulite the French way”

Best French Pharmacy products a French girl swear by

Best French Pharmacy products a French girl swear by

Since I’ve moved to London, I miss so much going every weekend to the French pharmacy! When I was living in Paris this was like my ritual to go at least once a week at the French pharmacy just to see what’s new and pick few products for face and body. I have always been very obsessed with French Pharmacy skincare products. French pharmacy is for me the ultimate health and beauty destination where you can find a full range of affordable and effective beauty products. I love the fact that most of the French pharmacy skincare products have a minimalist and hypo-allergenic formula and that you’ll always find the right product whatever your skin concern is: anti-aging, hydration, oiliness, radiance, or UV protection.

My skin type is combination, sensitive and dehydrated at the same time. I’m always seeking for very gentle skincare products that hydrate my skin without blocking my pores and causing breakouts. In order to inject a bit of French fabulousness into your skincare routine, I’ve saved you some time and I compiled a list of French beauty products must-haves based on products I’ve tried and that are working really well for my skin type. Most of the skincare products that I’ve listed are quite affordable and good news, they are all coming from Boots 🙂 Continue reading “Best French Pharmacy products a French girl swear by”

French beauty tips: Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche

French beauty tips: Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche

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Why you need to exfoliate

Exfoliation is a natural phenomenon that occurs at every cycle of epidermis renewal when the epidermis sheds its dead cells; due to sun damage or genetics. However, this process can slow down especially when you age. If that superficial part of the epidermis is not taken off quick enough, your complexion may appear dull and uneven.

That is why exfoliation should be part of your daily facial skin care routine to aid the natural exfoliation process. Exfoliation is one of the most effective ways to promote youthful skin. By exfoliating your skin, you will remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin and improve your skin’s texture and tone as it will bring fresh, new cells to the surface of your skin. Continue reading “French beauty tips: Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche”

Natural anti-aging tips to maintain youthful skin

Natural anti-aging tips to maintain youthful skin

Our skin is subject to both intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging or chronological aging is the unavoidable natural process of skin aging controlled by genetics. Starting in your mid-twenties dermal collagen production decreases as well as melanin production, cellular turnover slows, and your skin begins to show the first signs of aging. On the other hand, extrinsic aging is caused by external factors within our control such as climate, pollution, diet, stress, and skincare!

Most skincare products accelerate the aging process

Chemical ingredients (sulfates, SD alcohol, ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, DEA, MEA, TEA, mineral oils) in all our skincare products – and even anti-aging skincare– can actually accelerate aging process Continue reading “Natural anti-aging tips to maintain youthful skin”

Best French Pharmacy Beauty Products

Best French Pharmacy Beauty Products

French pharmacy is the ultimate health and beauty destination where you can find a full range of affordable and effective beauty products, working in harmony with all skin types, and even the most sensitive skins. French pharmacy beauty products are coveted by everyone (from models to backstage experts), make-up artists or beauty editors alike. And there is a reason why.

French pharmacy beauty products are rightly famed for its effective formulas (most of them are dermatologically tested) and for its affordable prices. I really rely on French pharmacy beauty products as you’ll always find the right product whatever your skin concern is: anti-aging, hydration, oiliness, radiance, or UV protection. Now that I’m living in London, I understand how these French beauty products can be difficult to find abroad. Continue reading “Best French Pharmacy Beauty Products”