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Beauty Products From Around the World, Part II: France

French women are in a constant search for flawless, perfect skin. Some view aging as a a four-letter word and will do everything in their power to seek out preventative, anti-aging treatments. The French describe American women as “vulgaire” for our heavy makeup and cosmetic surgeries and scoff at young Hollywood celebs that prance around with fake tans and fake hair extensions.

In France, if you have the slightest skin condition (anything from eczema to acne) your medical bills for "treatments" can be covered up to as much as 65%. In my recent research there is one thing I've learned about French beauty — despite all of the gorgeous makeup and clothing that hails from France, a glowing complexion is the is the most coveted accessory!

Carita Pearl of Youth Cream ($214) is an anti-aging skincare product that firms, tones, smooths and protects skin from environmental damages that cause premature aging. With continued use, skin should become softer and lines will look more refined. Use one pump on a cleansed skin in the morning and gently massage into the face and neck using moderate pressure.

For two more fabulous French beauty products

Lierac Coherènce- Age-Defense Firming Serum ($60) is a light yet intensive collagen enhanced serum formulated to lift, smooth, brighten and tighten skin to create a more youthful appearance. It absorbs quickly and can be used morning and night to cleansed skin under a moisturizer.

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Comforting Concentrate ($63.50) is a fast-absorbing and deep penetrating facial oil made with neroli oil to help normal to sensitve skin look and feel more hydrated, supple and radiant. Apply three drops in the morning and evening to cleansed skin. Decleor products smell amazing, so take deep breaths to benefit from the wonderful aroma.

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jmmst49 jmmst49 9 years
I am going to need that Decelor stuff stat. My skin is so dry that it peels off my face. I hate it. I do everything that my dr says and its still super dry.
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
I'm from Spain and the plastic surgery craze has exploded. Everyone is getting something done and no one on TV looks the same way they came to this world. I like that the French women value their skin care and natural beauty and prefer not to take the "fake" approach.
babache babache 9 years
for my sensitive skin, Avène makes miracles.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Woo-hoo $214 buckaroos!I wish my medical expenses for my skin were covered :) That would be sweet!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Woo-hoo $214 buckaroos! I wish my medical expenses for my skin were covered :) That would be sweet!
Monoka Monoka 9 years
The best for me is La Roche Posey Fragrance free, and incredible to the skin, keeps my skin glowing
Monoka Monoka 9 years
The best for me is La Roche PoseyFragrance free, and incredible to the skin, keeps my skin glowing
tati33 tati33 9 years
yes karisaamy! let's go! you know that stuff is not covered here in the US and it takes ages just to see a Dermatologist :P
marcella marcella 9 years
Umm... you should have included Darphin (aka the best products on earth). I am really addicted to the stuff!
jjotchy jjotchy 9 years
It sounds like France has the right idea. Natural is more beautiful, no?
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Damn, I'm grabbing my passport and I'm moving to France to get some medical care. Or at least clear up my skin.
princessgroban82 princessgroban82 9 years
I could never see myself paying that much! 214 dollars! Eek. I noticed the other day that Walgreens is starting to sell beauty products from other parts of the world for a lot cheaper. I think the most expensive stuff I saw was no more than 30 dollars. I'd be more inclined to try the cheaper stuff before I shell out that much money for cream.
tati33 tati33 9 years
I need to move to France for the medical care... ;)
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