2013 was the year my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Spending 20 years with someone definitely has its up and downs, but that’s a topic for another time! For our anniversary, we took a trip to Paris. There are so many things I love about the French culture: the language, the rich foods, the cutting edge of fashion, the artwork, the time they take to make lovely landscapes and buildings. I could go on and on. But one thing I noticed as an Aesthetician, was how little make-up the women wore and how beautiful their skin was. There are definitely some things we can learn from the French women. In France, make-up is viewed as something for enhancement, not to hide under. French women value having beautiful skin and they take the time to have regular monthly facials (as early as age 15). And they learn how to really care for their skin, which includes cleansing every night and then using anti-aging creams and masks — even as a teenager! Prevention is key. The French skin care products they use are very gentle and made naturally with botanicals and essential oils. Moisturizers are made with oils. Water is used for hydrating the inside of their bodies, which is another secret weapon for healthy skin and hair. Facials in France often involve face massages and facial exercises are done at home to tone the face. Cosmetic surgery in France is not nearly as popular as in the U.S. They see beauty in all ages and are not so scared of aging, maybe because they age so gracefully. The emphasis on skin and using the best skin care products is obvious by how many facial salons there are — not only in Paris, but also in the small villages around the country. The way the French truly love food and take their time to enjoy it with their lunches and dinners often lasting 2 – 4 hours, is also the way they view skin care: it’s an integral part of every day and you can never be too busy for a facial. After all, who wouldn’t love to walk out of the house with minimal make-up and beautiful glowing skin!