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”

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 to eat for an anti-aging diet

What to eat for an anti-aging diet

Beauty comes from the inside

The effect of nutrition on skin aging has been an interesting research field for scientists from ancient times to nowadays. 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 the result of external factors and environmental influence, mainly sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation but also smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition.

Prevention is the best and most effective way to work against extrinsic skin aging effects. The best prevention strategy against skin aging would be a well-regulated lifestyle, with low-stress conditions and a balanced nutritional diet, including anti-oxidative rich food. If it’s difficult to reduce our stress level or to control the environment in which we live (pollution), there is certainly one thing that we can influence: what we eat every day. So today I’m going to give you some diet tips to slow down skin aging process and best foods that are preferred to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Continue reading “What to eat for an anti-aging diet”

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 Beauty: How To Do French Makeup

French Beauty: How To Do French Makeup

French women have a particular idea of what beauty is. We don’t rely on makeup but instead, we want makeup to enhance our natural features, that’s it. French makeup isn’t over-sculpted or too transformative, and you will rarely see a woman in the streets of Paris wearing a full face of foundation, with contouring, smoky eyes and lipstick.

First, you need to know that French makeup always starts with skin. To have an effortless and natural makeup you’ll need to pair it with a healthy skincare routine. Yes, French women emphasize skincare over makeup [see French Beauty Routine], that’s why French makeup is all about minimalism and discretion. Continue reading “French Beauty: How To Do French Makeup”

French beauty tips from Joelle Ciocco

French beauty tips from Joelle Ciocco

Joëlle Ciocco is an internationally recognized French beauty expert who shares the best French beauty tips for a flawless and healthy skin. She’s the creator of the Centre de Soins Joëlle Ciocco in Paris, where you can consult her about beauty advice and skin concerns. Joëlle Ciocco also opened a laboratory where she formulates beauty products with customized solutions to meet the needs of each unique skin type. She’s an epidermiologist-expert of the skin-, a biochemist and she is also working closely with L’Oréal Group as a Global Facial Expert.

The consultation lasts about 2 hours, where she investigates about your health, your way of living, your habits, origins, genetic and your skin concerns. At the end of the consultation, she defines a “skin’s identity card” and a personal “skin prescription” in order to correct inappropriate habits which disturb the balance of your skin. Continue reading “French beauty tips from Joelle Ciocco”