In 2004, Mireille Guiliano published French Women Don’t Get Fat to huge acclaim. This month marks the arrival of her long-awaited follow-up, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts (Grand Central Publishing), and we’re previewing a few of her best tips for staying infinitely ageless. Hint: It doesn’t involve going under the knife.
Dress your age. And avoid red. “Girlish looks for mature women are not something French women are keen on. With today’s choices, one does not have to dress old at any age, but again, in France, a sense of respect in what we wear is part of the equation…. Pause before selecting orange or striking red after fifty.”
Really, truly commit to skin care. “While we cannot turn back the clock, we can make it run slow with good preventative measures [like UV protection and moisturizing regularly]…. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you need to redouble your efforts to apply those preventative measures rather than believe in an inevitable facelift or two or three to make up for not taking care of your skin before it became overly damaged.”
It’s not all about croissants. “Face-friendly foods [rich in antioxidants in omega-3 fatty acids] will help you put off the facelift question by giving your face a bit of a lift through nutrition. So have you eaten your spinach today?”
Go easy on the makeup (and the glitter). “The more fine lines and wrinkles you have, the more sparingly you need to apply your foundation and especially your powdered base. And another tip, by the way: Once your face has noticeable wrinkles, don’t even think about makeup and moisturizers with glittery particles that draw attention. C’est tout.”
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