Learn French Phrases: Morning & Evening Beauty Routines
Welcome to the first post in our brand new series: Learn French phrases! Each post in this series will be centered around a different theme, so you can walk away a Parisian pro when it comes to French culture and cosmetics.
Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be like the French classes you remember from your school days. Forget the boring phrases — we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about French beauty, from la crème solaire to les lingettes démaquillantes.
Next time you’re looking at a product and notice the label or tag is entirely in French, you won’t be phased. You’ll feel right in your comfort zone!
This post is all about learning French phrases relating to morning and evening beauty routines.
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Learn French Phrases: Morning Skincare Routine
What you put on your face first thing in the morning matters. The main focus? Protection and preservation. And while some skincare experts swear by 12-step routines, most of us just don’t have time for that.
The good news? Follow these steps, and you can say hello to a flawless face.
La crème solaire: Sunscreen
La crème solaire is a must, and no French woman leaves home without it. Try and find a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, but 30 is best.
Make sure you apply it to your face, neck, and décolletage.
Un sérum: A lightweight moisturizer
A serum is a thin moisturizer that helps to smooth out imperfections and reduce the appearance of pores. This will protect your face from bacteria, pollution, and your dirty phone screen.
When it comes to un sérum, a little goes a long way.
L’huile helps hydrate your skin, replenish it with vital vitamins and nutrients, and leaves your skin glowing and firm.
Just a couple drops of oil will be more than enough.
Une crème hydratante: Moisturizer
There are so many moisturizers on the market, so your best bet is to pick one that works with your skin type (sensitive, dry, or combination).
Moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated all day long. But remember, it’s not a replacement for drinking water!
Une crème mains: Hand cream
While we’re pampering our skin, let’s not forget our hands — they age as quickly as your face does.
Regularly applying hand cream throughout the day (after washing your hands) can improve elasticity and lock the moisture in.
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Learn French Phrases: Nighttime Skincare Routine
Your night skincare game is just as important as your daytime one. When you sleep, your skin has a chance to repair and recover from the damage done throughout the day.
So the products you put on your skin before bed matter. This is the optimum time for the ingredients to work their magic because your skin is most receptive at night.
Les lingettes démaquillantes: Makeup remover wipes
L’huile démaquillante: Makeup remover
Boules de coton: cotton balls
Leaving your makeup on when you go to sleep is like committing a crime... against yourself.
No matter how tired or hungover you are, always remove your makeup! Remember to be gentle as you do it, especially around the eye area.
Une mousse nettoyante: Cleansing foam
Using a cleanser is vital for getting rid of dead cells and any residual damaging agents at the end of the day. Like most beauty products, the best cleanser for you will depend on your skin type.
Une lotion / Une crème de corps: Body lotion
After you’ve showered, you want to lock in your skin's moisture with a nourishing body lotion. This will help your skin stay hydrated and elastic, and prevent it from becoming dry or flaky.
Une crème de nuit: Night cream
Applying a night cream is a must before going to sleep. This is the one thing that will keep your skin barrier healthy, and keep your skin looking radiant.
Tip: use a special eye cream for your delicate eye area, and apply gently.
Une masque de nuit / une masque de sommeil: Night mask
Sleep masks are a brilliant invention. You cover your face with the mask before bed, it absorbs into your skin, and the ingredients gradually release through the night.
The best part? All you have to do is pop the mask on, and your work is done. Do this once or twice a week instead of your regular crème de nuit.
A night mask can reduce dullness and improve hydration, plus so much more!
High five ladies — you are now a pro with French phrases about morning and evening beauty routines.