A French Facialist Wishes British Women Would Stop Doing This to Their Skin



Skincare rituals are vastly different from culture to culture, but the women in France seem to be doing something particularly right. Of course, us Brits have always had an infatuation with the French, but their objectively more effortless, less neurotic approach to beauty makes us wonder: What can we do to make our skincare products and habits a little more… Français?

According to Sophie Strobel, a French skincare guru from Talika's research and development department, "In France, we're very 'Latin.' We're hedonistic, and we don't like obligations."

The French skincare regimen is "less controlled, more natural, and instinctive." As Strobel says, "We like to take pleasure in every task we do (like eating!), we don't like pressure, and we tend to criticise the rules." The French embrace imperfection and consider spending more than a few minutes on their daily routine a waste. 

Here's the other fascinating thing about French skincare: You'll rarely catch a French girl at the dermatologist's office unless she has some sort of medical issue, like psoriasis or allergies. Generally, the French like to avoid prescription products whenever possible in favour of natural, plant-based formulas. That's not to say they don't seek professional skincare advice. "As a preventative measure, French women begin getting facials young," says Regine Berthelot, a French esthetician and Caudalie's director of spa education. In between facials, they keep their routines down to a few core products: cleanser or micellar water, moisturiser, perhaps a gentle exfoliator, and a weekly mask. All others are considered extraneous. The French way is "less is more."

To learn how to make our skincare routines a little chicer, we asked three French skincare gurus to give it to us straight: Keep scrolling to discover the six American products a French skincare expert would never recommend (plus, what to use instead)!

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