Two French Beauty Products I Can't Go Without

Two French Beauty Products I Can't Go Without

When it comes to beauty and fashion (and food and wine...), I qualify as a Francophile. They just seem to do it right. The French girl beauty tricks are well-documented, and I have spent a lot of time scouring through them to find what's right for me. 

In addition to my favorite moisturizer, these two products have been powerful tools in my skin-care regimen.

I love makeup remover. I never feel like soap alone does the trick, especially with eye makeup. I have used a variety of products, but the super gentle, very effective Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is my go-to. The stuff is amazing. It feels like water, but is so good at getting makeup off before washing. It's just under $15 and lasts a long time.

I used to be a Cetaphil devotee, using it morning and night to wash my face. Then I got one of those game-changing facials where the aesthetician gave me truly helpful advice that wasn't aimed at selling me more product. She was full of good ideas, including these two gems: 1) I should be using my Clairisonic brush everyday to wash my face, not the 1-2 times per week I was; and 2) Cetaphil wasn't cutting it, I needed a stronger cleanser. So, I embarked on an internet wild goose chase to hunt down the perfect cleanser. Of course, the winner is French. This Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel is, as advertised, a gel, which was a bit different for me. It's pretty thin, though, and goes on easily. It's been gentle on my sensitive skin, and I feel very fresh after washing with it. I now see what the aesthetician meant when she said I needed something more. This made a visual difference. It's also pretty reasonable at $20, and a little goes a long way.

I couldn't talk about beauty without mentioning my latest obsession: podcasts. (I know, so 2015 of me, right?) I am listening to several different podcasts right now, but my favorite is Forever35. It is hosted by Kate and Doree - two friends and writers, who, as they say, "love to talk about serums." They go through high/low-cost beauty products, share charming and helpful anecdotes, and bring on interesting Hollywood and writer types to talk about their self-care habits. I feel girly, and self-indulgent, and a little bit wiser when I listen to Forever35. You can find them on Apple Podcasts, and they have super active Facebook groups sharing advice and swapping products. It's like instant girlfriends! 

What's in your skincare toolbox?

 

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