The Top 10 Secrets Every French Woman Knows For Beautiful Skin

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Hydration is THE key to good skin,-
which is a living, breathing organ that constantly needs water â€" it's also the secret to healthy hair. Hydration comes from within, ... more 
Photo by: © Shutterstock
Hydration is THE key to good skin,-
which is a living, breathing organ that constantly needs water â€" it's also the secret to healthy hair. Hydration comes from within, and no amount of cream or magic potion in a bottle can replace the benefits of good old H2O. Drink one glass of water first thing in the morning and one before going to bed and at least six to eight more throughout the day (preferably outside meals) and additional ones if you exercise or travel. Believe me, you can learn to handle six glasses a day … it builds muscle control, too. less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 2:41 PM EDT
by: Mireille Guiliano



Forget clothes or jewelry. Good skin is always a woman's best accessory.



When I moved to America a few decades ago, I set out to have a facial as matter of course, a sort of fall and spring clean-up ritual common to French women. Here I had to head uptown to Fifth Avenue, and the only salon I found then was staffed by Europeans and frequented by uber-wealthy ladies. Things are a little different today. So, when a widely reported recent survey cited that 33 percent of French girls between 15 and 19 are already using anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams, it did not cause me to raise an eyebrow. Well, of course. Any moisturizer counts as an anti-wrinkle, 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.



We know beauty is not skin deep - our skin is a reflection of our overall health and lifestyle. OK, so we can't control it all (air pollution anyone?), but eat and/or sleep poorly, and treat your skin like a science project by constantly applying different emollients - and it's going to look like a mess. And far more than passé shoes or frumpy clothes, our skin is usually the first thing people notice about you. So how do you get that good skin glow?



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