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”
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”
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”
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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”
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 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”
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”
Aroma Zone is the best place to go if you’re into French nature-based beauty products. You can get a full of affordable and effective natural beauty products from essential oils, vegetal oils, shower cream, to cosmetic ingredients in order to make your own French skincare. Also, most of the beauty products sold here are quite cheap! Right in Boulevard Saint-Germain des Prés, Aroma Zone is a unique concept in France. But if you’re heading to Aroma Zone be ready to do the queue there is always a lot of people! Continue reading “Best French skincare from Aroma Zone Paris”
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”
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French pharmacy is the best beauty destination in France as it offers a full range of affordable and effective skincare products and especially acne-prone skincare. Acne and breakouts are telling you that something might be wrong with your skincare routine. So don’t be discouraged. You will need to learn how to treat effectively your skin to beat acne the French way. Here a the best French pharmacy products for acne which help me to clear my skin. Continue reading “French pharmacy : how to get clear skin”