The Naked Face

My face

Do you ever look at you own face in the mirror and wonder.  I have had the same face all of my life but there are new lines and shadows.  My eyelashes are finer and little prickles pop up uninvited but it is just an older version of my girl face.  Yesterday, at Une Femme d'un Certain Age, Déjà Pseu posted a makeup tutorial. I don't use makeup every day but I always moisturize.  I get my brows tinted and shaped regularly as they are turning white and a strong brow is a good thing as one ages.  Drinking water, abstaining from smoking and excessive suntanning are important as we age.  I would like to be thinner but rapid weight loss can affect older skin that has lost a lot of it's elasticity.

When I travel to Europe, I will probably buy a new moisturizer at a pharmacy or at Monoprix.  In France, there is a great selection of skin care products.  At any pharmacy, there is an assortment of  products and any pharmacist  can tell you about them all. Monoprix carries its own lines (starting at about 4 euros) as well as other inexpensive skincare products. There are Yves Rocher Institut skin care centres  where you can undergo soins du visage or buy the Yves Rocher products.  Anything that is marked végétale means that the product has a plant base.  Any product marked AB in France means Agriculture Biologique a closely monitored appellation which indicates 95% organic material.  In France, you will find many products marked AB or "bio".

The typical French woman (a cultural stereotype bien sûr) does not appear to wear a face of warpaint. There are fewer invasive facial treatments in France than in other countries.  Skin care products are readily and inexpensively available and  a few facial lines are regarded a a sign of experience.

My face is my face.  It is the face of a 61 year old woman of Celtic
origins.  My ancestors lived in the Shetland Islands and Ireland where they call mild rosacea "high colour". The air is moist and the sun seldom visits (sounds a lot like where I live on the West Coast of Canada.)  In France, I shall probably try out moisturizers and a bit of calming product for redness.

I don't carry a lot of product to Paris because trying new lines is part of the adventure.  The pharmacist in any residential area will give you samples before you buy anything.  There are so many inexpensive products that skin care need not be a major investment.  


  1. I'd highly recommend the Eucerin Hyaluron cream, which you can get at Monoprix. I stock up every time I visit Paris. It really plumps up the skin, and has a little bit of SPF. I wish I had days just to spend in the pharmacies, looking at all of the products!

  2. I have rosacea too and my ancestors hail from Ireland and Denmark...
    I have written quite a bit about it on my blog if you have time pop over and check out the products that are available here in BC.


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