Glam Tip: Au Naturel French Beauty

Vogue Paris - Photograph by Bert SternFrench women have a certain je ne sais quoi.  They are timeless beauties, who seem to get better with age.  Take a look at Carla Bruni and Carine Roitfeld; they have managed to look chic and sexy decade over decade.  Aside from slim figures and stylish wardrobes, what is their secret?  Skincare!  Instead of piling on make-up they invest in beautiful skin.  This beauty routine starts from a young age and requires iron-willed discipline.

There are simple steps you can take to achieve this timeless au naturel look. Start taking care of your skin now.  Develop a regiment that fits into your schedule.  Remember your skin is your best accessory; taking care of it should be a top priority.

French women understand the power of water.  Water is the world’s beauty elixir and well-hydrated skin makes you look younger.  Try drinking a glass in the morning and a glass before you go to bed.  Also, use a thermal water spray.  A hydrating spritz of Avene on your face will soften your skin tissue and give you a midday perk up.

Avene Thermal Spring Water
French women moisturize and do not over cleanse.  Moisturize and wash your face once a day.  Over cleansing can remove some of the natural elements on your face that are beneficial to your skin’s immune system.  Try a multifaceted product that can both clean and moisturize like Embryolisse.  This miracle cream is a little known French secret that make-up artist swear by.


Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)



French women use masks weekly.  Masks rejuvenate and soften the skin.  They aid in repairing and calming the skin from any damages that occurred during the week.  Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask gives your skin an instant glow.


Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask


French women wash their hair less often.  To go with your au naturel skin, healthy hair is a must.  Perfectly undone hair can easily be obtained.  Try washing your hair every other day instead of daily.  Let it air dry more often and use dry shampoo when it needs a pick-up.  Try Klorane to give your hair a refresher when needed.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo


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