A couple of weeks ago, my sister Elodie and a bunch of girlfriends came down to the Bay of Arcachon for a girls weekend. I made this delicious chocolate zucchini cake twice and tried a new anti-inflammatory green juice. We ate good healthy food, laughed a lot and talked about food, sugar intake, clean eating, skincare, make-up, ageing gravefully and single motherhood (3 out of 5 in our group).
We all came out of the weekend feeling energised and positive with so much to take from each other so I thought I would share with you all the skincare tips we exchanged.
Elodie (42 years old)
Having recently suffered from rosacea, Elodie was fresh from her appointment with her Dermatologist who had changed her whole skincare routine a few weeks before and her skin looked beautiful and fresh!
The products she is now using are Clarins hydraquench cream mask which she applies every night before going to bed (you are supposed to take the excess off but Elodie leaves it all night), Biotherm Blue therapy eye to reduce lines around the eyes and Eucerin hyaluron-filler cream. The Eucerin packaging is not as pretty as Aesop but it has a great texture and I’ve adopted it too.
Elodie, what are you top skincare and beauty tips?
1/I always start the day with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon in lukewarm water & vitamin C.
2/Like you, I’m passionate about nutritional therapy so I use as much as I can turmeric and ginger in juices, homemade soups, herbal teas and anything I make because of their inflammatory properties.
3/I also add a spoon of chia seeds and lindseed in everything I cook.
4/Previously a party animal, I now aim to sleep 9 hours and if I don’t feel I had my quota, I will nap at weekends the way dad used to.
5/I love the bright red Essie nail varnish no 62.
After the weekend, she ordered a Nutribullet …
Catherine (49 years old)
Contrary to the other girls who have been in my life for a good 30 years, I met Catherine about three years ago at a styling workshop. She was this tall, 40 something woman wearing leather trousers and bright red lipstick who exuded style and a fantastic sense of humour. We hit it off straight away and have been friends since then. As the Creative Director of Bison, one of the few leather workshop in Paris, she is too me the Jenna Lyons of leather…
Catherine swears by Filorga Meso+, an anti-wrinkles cream available from Marks & Spencer in the UK, which she loves for its thick texture. You can use it around the eyes too.
To look like she is coming back from a weekend by the French riviera, she regularly takes Oenobiol autobronzant tablets to tan inside out without the negative effects of the sun on her skin and uses Clarins Concentré Eclat auto-bronzant on her skin. As she suffers from adult acne, she also uses Filorga Sleep & Peel Resurfacing night cream every other night. This illuminates her skin but doesn’t hydrate.
Catherine, what are your skincare & beauty tips?
6/When I was working in theatre fifteen years ago, I was advised by make-up artists to use Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar water cleanser, which is great for sensitive, dry-skin. I have been using it since then and use it to clean my skin every morning and evening. It’s also great to get rid of heavy make-up.
7/Another thing I have been using for the past ten years is Maybelline 24Hours Stay lipstick. I usually have two or three lipsticks in my make-up bag which I apply together depending on my mood and outfit. Inexpensive, this lipstick has the advantage of staying on even after a meal and hydrates my lips (both Perrine & I tested it and bought it since then).
8/I also cream my hands every night with an organic calendula cream (Gosh I never do this! do you!??)
9/I drink 1 Lt of green tea per day and always have a cup of lukewarm water before going to bed to detoxify my body like women do in Asia.
10/For breakfast, I always have something packed with omega 3 and good fats like half an avocado, oil sardines and whatever herbs I can find in the fridge with a preference for coriander.Perrine (47 years old)
I met Perrine when we were sixteen years old and we’ve been through quite a few life events together. Now a Dancer, Singer and Choregrapher, she has a beautiful, toned body that she has been looking after for years and like a lot of African women, she has no wrinkles. Seriously, her skin is as soft and smooth as a baby skin. Perrine uses Clarins Capital Lumiere in wintertime, Clarins Gelée Eclat du Jour in Summertime and Topicrem body lotion to keep her skin moisturised.
Perrine, what are your skincare & beauty tips?
11/I always drink a glass of water when I wake up followed by a glass of freshly squeezed lemon in lukewarm water
12/I cook everything with organic olive oil and use a lot of spices like garlic (good for your heart), parsley, onion, ginger, nutmeg and pepper.
12/Besides dancing which I do every day, I also swim, bike and do yoga regularly to release stress and keep my body in good condition.
13/I also visit an Osteopathe and an Acupuncturist three times a year.
14/I always end my morning shower with cold water to activate blood circulation and tone my skin.
15/My favourite thing to feel good is laughing as much as I can and spend meaningful time with the people I love like this weekend. I also try to travel through life with awareness and to give something to people through my songs.
Marion, what are your skincare & beauty tips?
Well, I really don’t have much to offer in terms of skincare advice but I try to have good habits in the kitchen.
16/I drink 1.5 Lt of water a day, plus green tea and coffee (too much)
17/I use spices in everything I eat like chilly pepper, turmeric, coriander, cumin and mint.
18/and I always try to have healthy snacks in my fridge like carrots, radish and cauliflower to munch on before diner time but our girls weekend changed a lot of things for me. I have also ordered a Nutribullet, Elodie’s Clarins hydraquench cream mask and a toner adapted to my skin.
I now moisturise my face every morning and evening and apply body lotion every day. I can’t wait to see the results when we do our next girls weekend!
So what are my skincare & beauty tips?
19/First I take all my supplements first thing in the morning with a large glass of water so they go straight into my liver to deliver the goods: Omega 3-6-9, Triple Strength Hyaluronic Acid tablets for my skin and vitamins C and D3.
20/I also drink a freshly squeeze lemon in lukewarm water most mornings to cleanse my organism.
21/I have been drinking between 1.5Lt and 2 Lt of water a day for the past ten years and now, I add a tea bag of organic green tea to add some flavour and kill two birds with one stone. Yes I do spend my time in the toilet but it’s a small price to pay for a clear skin and it keeps me full too.
22/I use organic olive oil or organic coconut oil (adds a delicious flavour when making an omelette or cooking chicken breasts).
23/I stay away from gluten because I just balloon like I’m 9 months pregnant.
24/As a rule of thumb, I only eat now “living food” (i.e. fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, things that will perish in a few days). If it comes in a pack and has a long shelf life, I don’t buy it.
25/Milk these days is really not good for our bodies so switch to organic vegetal milks (rice or almond) or at least goat milk.
I hope you find this VERY long post interesting :-))
How about you? What are your skincare and beauty tips?
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