Seven French Beauty Secrets Every Filipina Should Know

It's all about moderation. A glass of red can do wonders.

It’s all about moderation. A glass of red can do wonders.

I came across a couple of articles explaining why French women have great skin and thought I’d try to apply the same tips from the perspective of a Filipina. So, here goes:

#1 They drink wine every day.
Because grapes don’t come from coconut trees (du-oh!), it makes sense that Filipinos are not wine drinkers (except *you*, you know who you are). We grew up on coconut juice (which is also fantastic, btw). Meanwhile, in the land of vineyards, French women enjoy a glass of red with their dinner.  Wine = rich antioxidants that help delay the signs of ageing, among other benefits, and voila!

Asian genes plus red wine? You’ll look 21 forever!

#2 They don’t think of skin care as “pampering.”
From a very young age, French women are taught that a skincare routine is a necessary part of life – no matter how long it takes or how many products are needed. Meanwhile, Filipinos tend to come from very big families and hogging the bathroom is just impractical and sometimes, impossible. In fact, spending 20-30 minutes on yourself is frowned upon and you’re called “ma-arte”. While we can’t change this cultural difference overnight, I’ve come to realize that time spent on a skincare routine is not just good for your skin but also your health – I use it as “me time” – a chance to decompress, relax and recharge.

As for the cost of a facial or your daily products, we tend to “tipid” and buy low-quality grocery-grade products. French women don’t skimp on skincare. Look at the results.

#3 They follow the “less is more” maxim when it comes to make-up.
French women focus their attention on healthy, great-looking skin that doesn’t need a lot of make-up. This is perfect for Filipina women as we also like the natural look (yes, we all have that auntie that piles on make-up but that’s another story). Next!

#4 They find a skin care routine that works and stick to it.
For French women, skincare is a ritual where you figure out what works best and sticking with that for life. By contrast, most Filipina women only think of skincare when they see a pimple or a wrinkle. Prevention is better than the cure. Your skin will thank you for it.

#5 They take cold showers. Not my favourite tip but it makes sense!

#6. They use serums.
Okay, this was a totally alien idea to me . For the uninitiated, serums are a skin care product with high concentrations of certain active ingredients. These ingredients can be things like hyaluronic acid (to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles), vitamin C (to brighten the skin and help reduce the appearance of pigmentation and age spots) or glycolic acid (an exfoliant), to name just three.

By contrast, moisturizers are formulated to keep the skin hydrated by putting a protective barrier between it and the outside. Serums are formulated to penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver key ingredients. Call me green but because nobody in my family have used serums before, I never felt the need to get one. But ever since I started it early this year, it’s become my must-have skincare item. I can tell the difference in my face in less than a month of usage!

How to rock your skin like Audrey Tautou

How to rock your skin like Audrey Tautou

#7. They recognise that skincare extends beyond the face.

Again, this goes against the grain for many pinay. It’s enough already to spend 15-20 minutes on a skincare routine for your face, let alone another 10 minutes or so for an all over body care routine. But there’s nothing worse than dry feet and scaly skin.

Tip: drink lots of water and slap on the sunscreen (and body lotion). I’m a big fan of the fruit-scented variety, especially Apricot Oil, Mango or Almonds. They’re the perfect pick-me-up scents to start my working day.

* Due credit to the writer of the original article, Nine beauty secrets of French women (from a French woman)

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