8 French Anti-Aging Secrets
French women are known around the world for their natural and effortless beauty and style and they just seem to age so well. So today I’m going to be sharing with you eight anti-aging secrets from the French that can help you look and feel your best no matter what age you are or what your skincare routine is right now.
Let’s go ahead and dive into tip number one and I’m going to share with you a very special product that relates to tip number one and that is to ‘moisturize, moisturize, moisturize’. French women are taught from a very early age to focus on the quality of their skincare routine and ritual.
And the foundation of that is moisturizing. Today’s video is actually in partnership with La Coéss, which is an American brand that has a French name. I’ve been using facial oil since I was in my early twenties and I’m about to turn 35 so it definitely works in there is something to this.
La Coéss actually a relatively new brand, but what I like about them is that they have an intense commitment to quality. And when we’re talking about moisturizing and anti-aging, this company absolutely gets it.
Like I said, I’ve been using facial oil since I was in my early twenties when I first got a job working for whole foods market. I was introduced to the concept of vitamin E oil and Rose hip seed oil. Combining that with serums and combining that with toners to really naturally boost and revitalize the look of your skin and to heal any damage that had been happening to your skin throughout the day or months or years even.
So in my quest to start the anti-aging process more seriously in my own life, I came across La Coéss and I have to say that I am unbelievably impressed with how this facial oil works for my skin. The thing that you have to keep in mind is that your skin is the largest organ in your body and it’s your body’s first line of defense.
So what you put on your skin goes into your skin. Anti-aging starts from the outside. It also starts from the inside. And so you really want to choose skincare products that are 100% organic and that are really kind of like taking a supplement but for your skin because you will be absorbing it.
You want to make sure that the ingredients in your skincare products that are not going to be harmful to you or to the planet and that also are active, meaning that they have a purpose to them. They’re not just chemicals that are hanging out in there to either change the color or the smell or the texture of a product, but they have an actual active purpose for changing the look and feel of your skin either instantly or over time.
And the great thing about this product is that it has 15 all organic hand-selected ingredients from around the world that are active and nutrient dense. French women really obsess about the products that they use on their skin, even though they’ll never say that to you out loud but when you look into their cupboard or their medicine cabinet, you’ll see a wide variety of products.
And what I really appreciate is a simple routine. So in that sense I’m not quite French because I don’t use a ton of products. I keep it really simple and really minimal. And what’s great about this is that there’s 15 active ingredients in here, so it’s really combining a lot of different products into one.
So keep it very simple and use something like this, which I cannot recommend enough. So before I move on to tip number two or secret number two, I want to just say to you that La Coéss has generously offered to give you guys a free gua sha with every purchase.
So definitely head to the description box below and click the link there if you want to check out their product and you want to claim that free gift, which I cannot recommend enough. Secret number two is that French women and keep cleansing, very simple and they focus more on the moisturizing, which we already covered.
But cleansing could look like using a gentle cleansing milk or lotion or even a specifically designated facial bar soap. You don’t want to use just plain body wash or bar soap or anything like that and you always want to cleanse before bed even if you’ve not worn any makeup throughout the day.
Secret number three is to just forget about wrinkles and avoid magnifying mirrors and as you start to age, just step back from the mirror a little bit so that the wrinkles and fine lines don’t appear so visible to your naked eye.
As women age in France, they tend to embrace their age more boldly than I think other women do, especially here in the United States at least where cosmetic surgery is a huge deal even for women my age and younger, which leads me to the next secret.
Secret number four is to avoid all aggressive or overt anti-aging or even skincare related procedures. You definitely don’t want to use aggressive or very harsh exfoliating treatments or just kind of going to the dermatologist and asking for loads of different new treatments.
That’s not something that French women typically embrace, even though it’s not very common for French women to get cosmetic surgery. If they do, they’re not going to talk about it. And there’s a particular way in which they approach it.
In my research, I found a lot of prominent French women like Garance Doré in her book ‘Love. Style. Life.’ talk about this concept of cosmetic surgery and not totally putting it off the table, but approaching it from a particular standpoint and that is that you want to focus on one area that you most would like to see the result in.
You know as you start to age, you’ve got the crow’s feet, or the Eleven’s, or maybe laugh lines or something like that. Focus on one particular area of your face that you would like to change or enhance.
And don’t tell anybody that you’re getting this procedure done, not even your boyfriend or your husband and just do it and just do one place, but wait as long as humanly possible to get it done. Don’t get plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery done when you’re in your thirties or forties.
Maybe even wait until your 50s or 60s and consider it a secret weapon, not something that you shout from the rooftops. And certainly not something that is going to change your overall unique, beautiful face.
And along those lines, secret number five is to get lots of sleep. In Ineès de La Fressange’s book ‘Parisian Chic’, she talks about getting one hour of sleep or one hour of sex over Botox. So I think I would also add in there one hour of walking or working out and one hour of laughing.
I really firmly believe that just using your body and feeling beautiful on the inside reflects on your face. It it projects to the whole wide world and that’s definitely a French philosophy that I fully adopt.
And I think that if you’re happy and you’re smiling and you’ve got wrinkles on your face, nobody is going to care. People care about how you make them feel and the energy that you bring to the table and beauty has nothing to do whatsoever with the outside.
It has so much more to do with what’s going on on the inside. Trust me on that one. Secret number six is to customize your skincare, tailor it to the time of year and the time of life that you’re in. Plus, you want to use masks on the regular.
This is something I’m really trying to work on. I used to use facial masks a lot when I was younger, but I’ve since stopped using them not for any particular reason, maybe just time. And now there’s such a resurgence of these quick and easy facial masks, sheet masks that you can just put on and do it and be done with it.
This might seem like a little bit of a counterintuitive secret, but I have heard in a lot of my research is that French women don’t really use foundation and why is that important? Why is that anti-aging? I think because you’re letting your natural skin do its best for you, you’re never going to appear more perfected than you actually are and that way people’s perception of you over time is going to stay consistent.
I don’t wear foundation. I use the La Coéss facial oil. I use serums that you guys have seen me talk about on the channel I’ve used. I use SPF every single day. I wash my face morning and night and let my skin stand as it is.
And more than anything, I just take really good care of my diet. And that leads me to the next secret. Also, one last point before I move on to the next secret is that most conventional makeups and foundations contain tons of chemicals in them and that will age your skin over time because what you put on your skin goes inside your body, your skin absorbs everything that you put on, it absorbs the toxins around you in the air.
So whatever you’re using, make sure it’s the absolute best stuff around available. Make sure that you could eat it and then if you do accidentally eat it, it’s not going to harm you. It’s actually going to nurture your body and nurture your skin.
So like I was saying, the very next secret is that you want to hydrate. You need to absolutely drink loads and loads of water. I personally drink three liters of water a day, give or take. I’ve been doing this for ages, I’ve been doing this probably since I was in my early twenties and when you drink lots of water, especially if you’re drinking purified water, it’s going to flush out toxins from your body.
It’s going to hydrate all the cells in your body, including your skin, your skin needs moisture. It needs water to stay plump and fresh. Before I let you guys go, I just want to remind you that La Coéss is actually offering you guys a free gift.
It is a beautiful jade gua sha, which is fantastic for anti-aging. That’s not a French beauty secret, but I guarantee you soon it will be because the gua sha or Jade rollers or things of that nature are so wonderful at helping the skin to stay healthy and clearing out the lymphatic system and stimulating growth and stimulating the, you know, your circulation in your face so you just look healthy, healthier and younger.
So I would definitely check out La Coéss if you want to get that free Jade gua sha. It is beautiful. I just can’t take it. Oh my gosh. This is some fancy, shiizz right here. Fancy. Oh yeah, you guys, don’t forget to let me know in the comments section below which one of the eight French beauty secrets really jumped out at you, and which one are you going to start incorporating into your own beauty routine? Thanks so much for watching, and I’ll see you guys next week.
Take care. Bye.