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  • Beauty: the secrets of French
women
    Naturally flawless skin and simple, sexy makeup – US Beauty Editor APRIL LONG uncovers the enigma

    Skin: A serious subject

    Aging with restraint and grace is the French woman’s raison d’être, but that’s not to say that she doesn’t cultivate her looks. According to Mintel, in 2012 French women spent over $2.7 billion on facial skin care – and they start young. “I started cleansing and applying moisturizer when I was ten,” says Christine D’Ornano, international president of skincare brand Sisley, “and I have been doing so ever since.” The country’s most popular brands are known for their scientific approach and prescriptive qualities.

    Pharmacy favorites

    for clear skin and bed-head hair

    Embryolisse

    Parisiennes heading to Courchevel won’t leave the house without this hydrating cream. The water-rich formula rebalances the skin and adds a protective barrier. embryolisse.com

    Citrate de
    Bétaïne

    An essential in times of over-indulgence, this effervescent digestion (and hangover) aid, helps them back to their usual restrained selves. citratedebetaineupsa.fr

    Biafine

    A super-rich lotion that acts like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for the entire body. Whether it’s sunburn, dry skin or minor abrasions, this soothes skin back to health. biafine.com

    Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

    French women are unafraid of facial oils, which provide nourishment, hydration and give skin a healthy sheen. us.nuxe.com

    Catherine Deneuve: effortless beauty personified

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    Photograph: Rex Features

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