It's true that no one does effortless beauty like the French, who all seem to sport perfectly polished skin, bright red lips, and naturally tousled hair to no end
I can personally relate to the minimalist beauty approach… I've never been one to leave the house wearing layers of makeup, partially because growing up I spent the majority of my time outside of school in the ocean, therefore that is where my expertise falls short, but also partially because I like the feeling of a fresh face. My fascination with beauty lies within the skin care department - a topic the French know well.
If there's one thing that I cannot stress enough, it's how important proper skin care is, something that I am just recently starting to get the hang of - and learning more about daily at that! Every day your skin is a victim to more harsh environmental threats than you can begin to imagine, and since it is the largest organ of the body, you should do your very best to protect it. After all, who doesn't want to look eternally youthful?
Here, a few tips I like to call "beauté à la française," or "beauty, french style" :
- Beauty rest is no joke - at night, your skin is able to start the renewal and repair process that it needs for that healthy, fresh glow everyone is always talking about now a days - so do your skin a favor and find an excuse to sleep in an extra hour or two… If you're anything like me, this won't be hard for you at all.
- Always always always, wash your face morning and night. That silky, cloud-like, memory foam pillow you're sleeping on 7-9 hours a night becomes an official breeding ground for bacteria (horrifying, I know)… which reminds me, washing your pillow cases 1-2 times a week is also something your skin will thank you for later.
- SPF is your new best friend, apply that shit like it is going out of style. You won't regret it.
- HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! On average, your water intake should be between 2 and 3 litres daily, not 2-3 litres once a week… I'm talking every damn day! Drinking water flushes out all of the harsh toxins in your body which can have a negative impact on the skin - and instead results in a plump, fresh, healthy face