6 beauty secrets to steal from French women
French women are renowned for their style and grace. Inject a little oh là là into your life with these top French lifestyle tips.
Water is your best friend
French women know that they need to drink at least 8 glasses a day to reap the benefits. Many start the day by glugging back a big glass of – often warm – H20. It rehydrates you after a night’s sleep and also helps to jumpstart your metabolism.
Facials are a must, not a luxury
In the UK, facials are seen as a luxury but for French women it’s an important part of their regular skincare. In fact, many women in France are introduced to facials when they are 13 or 14.
For those who can’t afford salon facials, French women do also love a DIY treatment, often a recipe that’s passed down through the generations and applied at least once or twice a week. If your grandma only shared cake recipes, this website has some good home-made mask inspiration.
It’s all about the haircut
Just like their skin, French women invest in their hair spending as much as they can afford on a good cut and colour. They don’t overload their hair with products and perhaps surprisingly, they also don’t wash their hair very often, perhaps once a week at most.
Lathering up too much can strip hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry, damaged and lifeless. If you really can’t cope with just one wash a week, try dry shampoo on your no-wash days. We love the very French gentle dry shampoo from Klorane, £7.50.
Products are key
Compare to British women, French women spend double on what we do on skincare – with 62% of them using anti-wrinkle products. Just as they start having facials at a young age, French teens also start using anti-ageing products.
French pharmacies are renowned for their array of products and beauty editors and models alike always stock up when they visit the country. Some cult favourites include Bioderma Sensibio H2O – Micelle Solution, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil and top model fave Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré.
Keep it natural
Perhaps because they invest so much time and money on skincare, French women don’t like to cake their faces in make-up. They know that piling on the make-up actually ages you and there’s also a sense that wearing too much is a bit trashy!
“French women are not flashy,” says make-up maestro Laura Mercier. “They must be subtle. The message must not be: ‘I’m spending hours on my face to look beautiful.’”
Ditch heavy foundations for lighter BB creams, use a touch of blusher on the apples of your cheek for a natural rosy glow and stick to nude lips to create a naturally polished look.
Step away from the scales
French women don’t believe in weighing themselves. They know that throughout their monthly cycle their weight can fluctuate. Instead they follow the zipper test. If they can still fit into their clothes, they’re on the right path!
You won’t see a French woman getting sweaty in a gym class either. They prefer to incorporate their exercise into their day by walking everywhere.