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France’s Skincare Vs. American Skincare: What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

France’s Skincare Vs. American Skincare: What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to spend eighteen days in Paris and the South of France, an experience I will never forget. It was an amazing time, and in addition to experiencing all the incredible sights, food, and interesting people, I also had the opportunity to get an in-depth look at French skincare routines and discover the French perspective on healthy skin; one that perfectly compliments Magnolia Skin Essentials’ products.

Voila! Le Secret to A Healthy Skincare Routine

When it comes to skincare, both in France and the US, there are some basic steps that are the same. This includes cleansing, toning, exfoliating, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen during the day.

But then, there are the differences. The first difference I noticed in French skincare was more in what products are being used and how they are being used. For example, French women tend to use more natural products than American women. Natural ingredients like honey, olive oil and green tea are commonly found in their skincare routines. Almost every hotel I stayed at (like this one, which was my favorite), the complimentary soaps and hair products were “clean” products with olive oil as their primary component.

Achieving La Glōw with Ease

Second, French women also focus on using fewer but more high-quality products rather than having a 20-step process with lots of different creams and serums. This is also an important premise at Magnolia Skin Essentials’. Not only are our skincare routines simple with only five to eight steps (depending on your skin type), but we also believe the product composition should be simple, yet effective. Instead of offering products with twenty-five+ ingredients in miniscule percentages, we combine ten or less powerful ingredients that compliment each other in their highest allowable percentages so your skin gets precisely what it needs and the star ingredients don’t get lost in the shuffle.

The French Secret to Youthful Skin

Next, French women also take a preventative approach to anti-aging which means starting early with anti-aging treatments rather than waiting until wrinkles start appearing before taking action. This can be anything from using sunscreen daily to investing in high-quality products with collagen boosting ingredients.

Lastly, and probably what I noticed most about the French women I met, or saw in the outdoor cafes, marketplaces, and the beach, is that they embrace their natural beauty by not overdoing it with heavy makeup or harsh treatments – instead they opt for subtle solutions such as tinted moisturizer or light foundation paired with a neutral lip color to enhance their natural features without hiding them beneath layers of product.

Au Revior, Bad Skin!

My time in the South of France was unforgettable, and now I get to share that experience with you! As someone who is passionate about skin health, getting to explore French skincare routines was a great opportunity. I discussed the basics with the women I met, and felt even more convinced that less is more, and clean is better for your skin.

That is why Magnolia Skin Essentials focuses on more preventative, non-toxic skincare. Our luxury line gives your skin targeted nutrition to make sure your skin remains as healthy as possible.

The world has always looked towards France for inspiration when it comes to fashion and skincare, so, if you are ready to welcome that French experience into your life, you need our specialized range of clean skincare products! Start building your good-for-your-skin, anti-aging skincare routine today.

Photo of the painting in a Paris window taken by Lisa Duffy 2022 - Esther Barend, Artist, "Enraptured"

by Lisa Duffy – February 23, 2023

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