When I moved to America a few decades ago, I set out to have a facial — a clean-up ritual common to French women. I headed to Fifth Avenue; the only salon I found was staffed by Europeans and frequented by uber-wealthy ladies. Things are a little different today. So, when a widely reported survey cited that 33 percent of French girls between 15 and 19 are already using anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams, I didn’t raise an eyebrow. Well, of course. Any moisturizer counts as an anti-aging cream, and every good little French girl has seen her mother’s before-bed facial rituals.
Good skin does not mean flawless. Despite what airbrushed magazine centerfolds seem to suggest, no one has unblemished skin. Great skin is healthy skin; skin that radiates from the inside out. It is part of that indescribable “it” factor that French women are instilled with – the “what” in the je ne sais quoi allure. Flip through this slideshow to learn how to get that “good skin” glow.