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”

French Beauty Tips: The no make-up skin care routine

French Beauty Tips: The no make-up skin care routine

Forget heavy mask of makeup, this season beauty has gone back to basics. Rather than reaching for a host of heavy foundations, concealers, and powders, make-up artists instead spent time layering moisturizers, primers, and strobe creams to give a truly healthy radiance to models’ complexion. This season is all about embracing the skin’s real beauty, and if your complexion isn’t flawless, you can still wear the no-makeup look without having model skin. Today I’m going to give you my French beauty tips to nail flawless bare beauty and to manage going makeup free.

Reasons I decided to go makeup-free

Getting rid of acne

The main reason why I decided to go makeup-free was to experience fewer breakouts. Your skin needs to ‘breathe’ and using daily cover up such as foundation or concealer can clog pores and lead to breakouts, especially for those who have naturally oily skin (like me). When I’m talking about skin ‘breathing,’ I’m referring to whether the skin is occluded or not. Occluding the skin can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It can also cause the skin to look dull—especially if a heavy amount of makeup is applied and not removed. Continue reading “French Beauty Tips: The no make-up skin care routine”

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”

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”

What foods to eat for clear skin

What foods to eat for clear skin

Other than having a vague concept that junk foods may cause breakouts, do you even stop to think about how your diet could affect your skin? Some studies show that our “Western diet” characterized by high amounts of sugary desserts, refined grains, high protein, high-fat dairy products, and high-sugar drinks is linked to the rising rates of obesity, insulin resistance, and acne among the younger populations.

How your diet affects your skin

Health and weight management aren’t just about exercise (30%); it’s about food (70%). The same goes for a good, healthy and clear skin. As I mentioned it briefly in a previous post [see French makeup routine], food plays a very important role in beauty and is a huge contributor to the overall health of your skin. Skin is a mirror to your state of health and if your skin is breaking out, looks dull or dry, look at your diet first, then adapt your skincare routine. Continue reading “What foods to eat for clear 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”

French Skincare Routine For Flawless Skin

French Skincare Routine For Flawless Skin

Ready to commit to the French skincare routine? French women emphasize skincare over makeup, and it’s not a myth. I’ve been taught to care for my skin very young and to focus more on maintaining a clean and healthy skin rather than covering it up with makeup. French women seek out natural, sometimes organic but always high-quality beauty products and often stick to a simple 3-step routine: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Today, I want to share with you a step-by-step guide to a French skincare routine for a flawless and healthy skin. Continue reading “French Skincare Routine For Flawless Skin”