If we could ask Santa to bring us healthy, glowing skin, we would. In fact, many of us would not hesitate to throw just about anything out of the window in exchange for guaranteed soft, supple skin.
Unfortunately, there is no magic solution. Instead, we scour the internet for skincare hacks, drink water by the gallon, and resort to asking people with glowy skin for product recommendations.
What we fail to acknowledge, however, is that all skin is different. What may work for others may not work half as well for us.
So, does all of this mean you should stop dreaming about getting that beautiful glowy skin? Not on our watch!
We did some digging and found industry secrets you can use to achieve the glowing skin you’ve always craved.
8 Secrets of the French-Girl Glow
1. Follow the CMT Rule
A proper skincare routine centered on cleansing, toning, and moisturizing can encourage clear, hydrated, soft, and supple skin. This is because you will diligently get rid of makeup, dead skin cells, dirt, debris, and other pollutants that accumulate on the skin throughout the day.
Dull and drab skin? We don’t know her!
Sylvie Chantecaille, the CEO of makeup giant Chantecaille, cleanses with a rose eye makeup remover and spritzes pure rosewater all over her face. Then she wraps up her beauty routine with an intense recovery concentrate and a recovery mask.
Watch us follow her beauty routine to the T - anything to get that gorgeous, gorgeous French girl glow she’s known for!
2. Massage Regularly
A daily facial massage helps products penetrate deep into your skin. It also improves blood circulation, which can help “wake up” your skin cells and give you an unrivaled glow. It can also keep your skin firm over time. Pretty amazing what a simple two-minute massage can do, right?
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, grab a leaf out of Chantecaille’s moisturizing routine and factor in a retinol body treatment to the mix. It’ll do wonders for your skin texture and give you a flawless base to put your makeup skills to work on.
Or you can use a jade roller after you apply your serums to get a taste of the massage’s magical benefits. There are many facial massage options out there—you just need to choose your favorite!
Exfoliation removes dead cells from the uppermost layer of your skin to give you a glowing complexion. It unclogs pores, stimulates collagen production, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Who knew saying goodbye to rough, dull, and dreary skin was a quick scrub away?
Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week to avoid the damage over-exfoliation can do. For healthy cell turnover, exfoliate before applying your skincare products.
4. Less Is More
The first sight of a pimple or even a shadow of dark circles has many of us reaching for a heavy-duty makeup product to cover it up. But how does that spell out for our already clogged pores? Here’s the answer: not very well.
Instead of covering up your skin issues with heavy makeup, take the “less is more” approach like the French do. Focus on enhancing your best features.
Consider pairing your favorite lash style with a bold lip for an easy on-the-go look. You’ll be surprised how big of an impact such simplicity can bring to your overall look—and with minimal products, no less!
5. Add Vitamin C to Your Routine
Vitamin C serums can effectively reduce signs of aging and hyperpigmentation, boost collagen, and add an instant sheen to your skin, thereby proving to be a major proponent of glowing skin.
If you don’t want to add another product to your routine, you can also eat and drink your way to flawless skin. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus, strawberries, broccoli, peppers, potatoes, and of course, a glass of fresh orange juice!
6. Watch What You Eat and Drink
To truly look good on the outside, you must first take care of the inside. The kinds of food you eat and the beverages you consume daily have a huge impact on your skin and complexion.
Opt for a healthy, balanced diet, and for the love of your skin, don’t ruin meal time with endless snacking on junk food. The best foods for healthy skin include plenty of fruits and vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, berries, leafy vegetables), beans, peas and lentils, salmon, mackerel, other fatty fish, and nuts.
Drink at least two liters of water a day. Water flushes toxins from the body and keeps skin super hydrated—this greatly contributes to gorgeous, glowy skin.
7. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You could try all the products, hacks, tips, and tricks in the world and still end up exacerbating existing skin conditions and speeding up the aging process. Yeah, this is a bitter pill to swallow. Luckily, getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of “beauty” sleep every night can change that.
As your skin repairs, heals, and carries out cell turnover while you sleep, retaining your natural glow and slowing down signs of aging is just forty winks away. And as you’re getting ready to slip in between the sheets, don’t forget to take celebrity aesthetician Mila Moursi’s advice to heart: “Keep technology out of the bedroom!”
8. And Finally, Highlight
Changes in your skin texture taking their sweet time to unfold? Use a highlighter to spice things up in the appearance department.
Nail your makeup base and swipe cream highlighter on the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and cupid's bow for a one-of-a-kind glow.
These beauty secrets can help you get the French-girl glow effortlessly. Your clear, smooth skin will also serve as the perfect base for your makeup.
Whether you’re going for a minimalist vibe or opting for a full face, you’ll always find a champion in our extensive range of gorgeous magnetic lash styles. As windows are the eyes to the soul—beauty, my loves, is truly just a blink away.
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