Once again I am reminded that for most French women discipline reigns on many fronts.*
Beauty rituals are taken very seriously in this country and from the women I know and those I interviewed for my book, I discovered that, yes, it does take time and, yes, it’s worth it.
My French friends truly understand the meaning of beauty “routines” which is to say, the way they eat, exercise and primp and pamper are all integral elements of the way they live. And, I’ve found, whenever I ask them if all the fuss is a drudge, they say “non” that it’s a pleasure.
As my best French friend often told me, it’s her time and she loves every minute of it. “It makes me feel content and bien dans ma peau to be engulfed in all the wonderful fragrances wafting from my favorite products.”
She said she loves sloughing and then slathering on creams and lotions and applying deep conditioners to her hair, masques to her face. “It’s heaven,” she said.
She has a breathtaking collection of jewels from her years living in Brazil and because of her many rings she always has a perfect manicure with pale, pale pink polish. She does her own manicure.
Jocelyne was back at our aqua gym class today and told me she did her “homework” for me. I asked her to please tell me her favorite products so that I could pass them along to you.
Today we’ll stay on her face. With the exception of her Nivea no rinse eau micillaire makeup remover, all of her beauty products are from the Dr. Pierre Ricaud line.
*(I will keep my promise about how discipline is applied to regimes and the ever-present temptations we must sometimes resist. I’ve already started my interviews.)