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5 easy steps to develop a French-style ritual

May 7, 2013

5 easy steps to develop a French-style ritual for your skin.


If Americans have a skin care routine, the French have a beauty ritual.

The French philosophy on beauty is simply:  to make looking great and aging well a part of their daily life. They do that by pampering their skin with the most beneficial ingredients Mother Nature has to offer.

French women see their skin care as an investment in themselves and will buy more skin care products then make-up. The philosophy is that skin care lasts a lifetime, while makeup lasts a day.

American women tend to see skin care from a clinical point of view, while French women often consider their time with their skin care as a pleasurable part of their day.

Follow these 5 easy steps to develop a French-style ritual so you too can baby your skin and look years younger:

  1. Use cleansing milks instead of soap or other drying cleansers. French women love rich, creamy cleansers that are not harsh on their skin. If you are used to using soap or a foaming cleanser, cleansing milks will feel a little different but your face with thank you for being so gentle!
  2. Don’t forget to tone. Toning is a step French women do not skip. Not only is it an important step in removing residual oil or dirt, but it brings your skin to its proper PH balance prepping it for the serums and crèmes that follow. If the PH balance of your skin is not in balance, your serums and crèmes will not work as effectively.
  3. Treat your skin with moisturizing oils. French women love aromatic oils. They believe in the power of oils to nourish the skin and the aromatics add to the pleasure. I love to use Argan oil mixed with essential oil
  4. Add a serum to your regimen. Serums are as important as crèmes in a French women’s routine. Your serum is your power step repairing your skin from damage from your environment. Your serums also are a thinner consistency then your crèmes and therefore will penetrate the pores deeper. Serums are packed with the highest percentage of potent ingredients. I always use Hyaluronic acid serum to bring moisture to the skin or Kojic acid to lighten the brown spot.
  5. French women believe what you put in your body effects your skin just as much as what you put on your face. They drink lots of water and eat more fruits and vegetables then Americans do. I drink green juice once a day to help me to get the vitamins and anti-oxidants I need to keep my skin vibrant and healthy. Marianne your French skin care expert.

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