We re­ally love our lo­tions and po­tions. The phar­macy is like a sweetie shop for French women

Parisian Mariam Bye, 51, from Ed­in­burgh, has lived in Scot­land for 20 years but is un­con­vinced that French women age bet­ter. But, she says, if they do, bet­ter skin­care might be the se­cret.

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I do think women look af­ter them­selves in Scot­land, just as much as they do in France.

But from a very young age, French women are al­ways told to look af­ter their skin, so from that per­spec­tive per­haps we start a bit younger.

In France, it’s more about look­ing af­ter your skin, whereas here women wear a lot more make-up.

French ladies will also buy the next big thing. If they hear about a new cream, they will go straight to the shops.

The phar­macy in France is like the sweetie shop here in Scot­land!

We love our prod­ucts and we’re con­stantly look­ing for some­thing new.

And al­though her fel­low coun­try­woman are of­ten con­sid­ered to be very chic, Mariam says this has more to do with be­ing Parisian than French. If you live in a city you tend to do more – you wear make-up and dif­fer­ent clothes than if you were in the coun­try­side.

French women do look af­ter them­selves and make an ef­fort – they care about what other peo­ple think, and what per­cep­tion peo­ple have of them.

It’s all about be­ing able to keep up with other peo­ple and mak­ing your­self feel good.

There is a bit of a le­gend about French women be­ing glam­orous.

I think we are, but no more than other peo­ple al­though I still find Parisian women very glam­orous when I go back there.i cer­tainly feel happy in my 50s. I think women of my gen­er­a­tion have a dif­fer­ent out­look than our par­ents.

I cer­tainly feel younger than my mum at 50 – hers was a whole dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and gen­er­a­tion al­to­gether.

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