The other night I stumbled upon this video by Into the Gloss featuring French facialist Isabelle Bellis, in the video she showed the best way to cleanse and moisturize skin. As I’ve started using more French brands recently I was really curious about French skincare routines.
In the video she went over how to use thermal waters:
- She’ll spray her face with thermal water
- Wash her face with a gentle non-foaming cleanser
- Rinses with tap water, pats dry with a towel, sprays the face again with thermal water to neutralize the hard tap water
- Blots the excess water off with a tissue
- Then she tones her skin
For the morning routine she suggested just spraying thermal water, blotting the face dry with a tissue and proceed with the rest of the routine. Since you cleansed your face thoroughly at night, you don’t necessarily need to wash your face in the morning. I’ve tried this technique for two weeks now with La Roche-Posay and Avene’s thermal waters and my face has felt soothed, refreshed and clean; the thermal water helps to lift any oil and residue that got expelled by the skin during the night and the toner also helps cleanse anything that might have been left behind. I’m still using Thayer’s Lavender and Mint toner, which is just super refreshing and paired with the Avene thermal water gives an incredibly soothing and relaxing feeling to the skin. After doing this simple morning routine my face feels really nice and moisturized.
She also emphasizes the neck!
What you do and put on your face should also extend all the way down to your decolletage.
She shows some facial and neck massage techniques which help to tone skin and stimulate collagen production. Giving yourself a facial massage will give you an instant boost of radiance!
For the nighttime routine she spoke about letting her skin breathe and not applying too much product. Since I had been following the 10-step Korean routine, this tip peeked my interest so I did some more research and came across this tidbit,
“According to Dr Haushka, while you sleep your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities. Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Covering the skin with moisturizer 24 hours a day sends a signal to sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin that becomes dependent on moisturizing products just to appear “normal.” Hence, do remember to let your skin breathe!”
At night all Billes applies only a serum after cleansing. One of the points of moisturizer is to be a protective barrier for your skin against pollutants, dirt and grime; your SPF of course is there to shield you from harmful UVA/UVB rays; at night you don’t need these extra barriers obviously, so you can let your skin breathe and complete its own detoxification process.
I also tried this minimal night routine and have been very happy with the results, I wake up and my skin feels normal, no dryness, no excessive oiliness! I alternate serums, on some nights I’ll use Klurskin’s Hyaluronic + Rose serum (which includes hydrating hyaluronate acid, vitamin e and c, aloe, glycerin and rosewater extract), and on other nights I use Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating Serum to help get rid of dead skin cells.
For more French skincare tips watch the super soothing videos with Isabelle and give her tips a try!