THE FRENCH CON­NEC­TION

Best Health trav­els to Paris for the goods on gor­geous skin

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OH, THE FRENCH – THEY have ev­ery­thing go­ing for them. In ad­di­tion to Bordeaux and Breton stripes, French women win big in the beauty depart­ment. A look at icons past and present (think Cather­ine Deneuve and Mar­ion Cotil­lard) re­veals a com­mon thread: Their time­less je ne sais quoi is grounded in sim­plic­ity. Glow­ing skin? Check. De­fined eyes? Com­plete. Add a bold lip colour and voilà!

Is­abelle Jamet Sur­jon, store di­rec­tor for the Yves Rocher f lag­ship on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, knows the es­sen­tials cov­eted by the French. It starts with an easy yet ef­fec­tive skin­care sys­tem. “Cleans­ing and anti-ag­ing are the pri­or­i­ties,” she says. “Women are busy.” A cream for day and night that boasts nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents is a must-have, and she has spot­ted many clients adopt­ing the habit of us­ing a serum.

An equally fuss-free ap­proach to cos­met­ics fol­lows – no Kar­dashi­anstyle con­tour­ing here. “It’s im­por­tant for the Parisienne to have her makeup,” says Jamet Sur­jon. “Mas­cara, yes, but eye­brows aren’t as much of a fo­cus. Foun­da­tion, too, but very light and nat­u­ral to look like you have noth­ing on your skin. And lip­stick – red, of course.”

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