The secret to European based-beauty regimens is the focus on skincare and skincare products , more women invest in good skincare. In America, most gals opt for dolling out dollars for makeup.
A European woman will generally find a solid high quality skincare routine, and stick to it.
With the exception of animal fats, European skincare will still likely focus on beautiful and natural ingredients derived from natural sources. Here’s a few of our favorite brands.
France with Caudalie and Christophe Robin
The Parisian woman's secrets are mostly enveloped in simplistic gentleness. A few never missed steps of an everyday skincare regime keep skin glowing, supple, and gorgeous.
Two French hallmarks of skincare, Caudalie and Christophe Robin, afford us select secrets to simplify our beauty routines. From the youthful grapeseeds of the French countryside, to using cleansing lemon and the blend of lavender and oil, these two French Beauty powerhouses are leaders staying true to honest and beneficial ingredients, while bestowing beauty and healthfulness with reasonable price points.
Caudalie began as a French vineyard love story between man and wife, and their passion for clean and honest, yet powerful ingredients. The vines and grapes provide so many beautifying and anti aging benefits to the skin. Among these are:
Polyphenols - antioxidants protecting the skin against oxidation and wrinkles!
Resveratrol - smooths skin, firms and resculpts the skin
Grapevine Sap (Viniferine) - a brightener 62 times more effective than vitamin C, evens the skin tone. It also helps prevent dark spots caused by sun damage, pregnancy-related hormones and other issues and restores the skin's radiance.
One of their bestsellers is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir which is recommended for all skin types and is the one item everyone should have! It contains rosemary and myrrh to tone the skin while mint acts as an astringent. Rose oil soothes and prepares your complexion for further treatments. Grape extract moisturizes skin and adds radiance.
Meanwhile, the Premier Cru The Eye Cream has all the patented anti aging ingredients exclusive to Caudalie! The eye area is perfectly hydrated and appears firmer, wrinkles and fine lines are visibly smoothed. The appearance of dark circles and puffiness is reduced, to reveal an eye area brightened with renewed youth.
The iconic plant-based certified organic Grape Water is also a French beauty must have. Extracted from organic grapes during the grapevine harvest, Grape Water has become a Caudalie cult favorite due to its powerful multi-tasking properties. Constructed from 100% organic plant water, this gentle mist moisturizes, soothes and refreshes the skin, whilst also reducing sensitivity. Enriched with moisturizing polysaccharides and mineral salts, it provides an instant boost of hydration whenever you need it.
Beginning his career as a 15-year-old hair coloring genius, Christophe Robin learned to teach women that beautiful hair color was earned by taking care of the hair and using only the most healthy and nourishing ingredients. His salon became a haven for supermodels - who would only go to the best.
Each woman has a perfect color and his products help us achieve that beauty. From the scalp to the delicate ends, ingredients such as soothing rose hip and prickly pear seed oil are introduced, while ammonia in hair color and detergents and sulfites are banned from all his products.
Reasonably priced, upscale salon quality brand. Here are some worth testing for the first time! Grab a glass of wine, and treat yourself to a French hair salon experience in your own home!
My favorite product is the Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil. You can apply after shampooing and leave it in for a while, or wash out in the shower right away, and your hair will feel so soft, smooth, and moisturized without feeling weighed down.
Almost everyone can use at least one of the following two leave-in must have treatments!
For Frizzy, wavy, unruly hair - Reach for Christophe Robin's Anti-Frizz Rescue Milk with Shea Butter.
For a natural beautiful bodied lift like a French girl's hair in the countryside, use the Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist with Rose Water. Spritz this on flipped over locks beginning at the roots and throughout. Too, an added benefit? Rose Water Improves Hair Growth. The vitamins A, B3, C and E of rose water promote the growth of your hair, by nourishing the scalp and promoting hair follicles to kick into high gear.
Find your shade! The Shade Variation Masks in 5 options - from Baby Blonde, Golden Blonde, Copper, Ash Brown, and Chestnut Brown, neutralize the bad and bring out the natural beauty in the color of your hair.
GERMANY With BABOR
Let's go 817 KM or simply a little more than 500 miles from the city of lights to the land of no nonsense skincare and Oktoberfest! Willkommen to Deutschland!
German beauty sticks to science and basics rather than fads and fashion. Good quality skincare to bold and straightforward Germans is a necessity and more founded on wellness rather than luxury or pampering like their Parisian neighbors. The Germans were among the first to pioneer planet friendly solutions for skincare.
DOCTOR BABOR offers vegan, clean, and effective cosmeceuticals directly and only made in this Western European country full of beautiful forests, rivers, and mountain ranges. Groundbreaking skincare from science, and a strict adherence to a Green Agenda, make BABOR the No 1 professional cosmetic company in Europe. Green packaging and clean ingredients are proactive necessities BABOR takes to love our planet.
Ampoules are highly concentrated active fluids individually portioned in glass to address each skin type and condition. BABOR uses ampoules to keep the integrity of their products clean - no need for preservatives and high intensity ingredients for impressive results. Here are some wonderful choices:
BABOR Ampoule 3D Firming An active concentrate for declining skin firmness and facial contours. Valuable organic silica and extracts of yellow horned poppy help to improve the appearance of firmness and elasticity on the skin's surface. The skin's surface appears firmer and smoother with a more youthful look.
BABOR Ampoule Oxygen Plus https://www.skinstore.com/babor-ampoule-oxygen-plus-7-x-2ml/11724097.html Energizes the skin cells with encapsulated oxygen and helps promote skin cell rejuvenation while protecting against premature, environmentally induced aging.
BABOR Cleansing Cleanse and Peel Mask
Cleanse and refine your pores without stripping the skin's delicate barrier. A deep-pore cleansing mask with an exfoliating effect Salicylic acid helps deep-clean the skin. Kaolin reduces shine and mattifies the skin. In addition, provitamin B5 helps to support the skin’s natural barrier. It deep-cleanses the skin and refines the complexion, giving it a fresh and clean appearance.
BABOR HSR Lifting Extra Firming Serum 30ml
BABOR HSR Lifting Extra Firming Serum diminishes fine lines and lifts skin. Visibly diminish fine lines and wrinkles with this high-performance serum from BABOR. Peptides help reduce expression lines and wrinkles caused by dry skin and help skin improve its ability to retain water, while amino acids prevent new wrinkles that result from glycation, or a buildup of toxic sugars in the skin. Soybean, pea and millet extracts strengthen skin while lupine improves elasticity
HUNGARY With Omorovicza
Thousands of years of mixing races and ethnic groups and transforming beautiful shades of skin and striking bone structures make Hungary the Eastern European land of beautiful people. Here the earth's crust is thinner, so waters absorb the precious minerals more effectively. It is from these minerals, and in the country where the Nobel prize winning discovery of Vitamin C occurred, that the Budapest skincare line, Omorovicza was born. Stephen and Margaret Omorovicza made it their passion to create a way to ensure the minerals are bioavailable – penetrating deeply into the skin so they can work their magic.
Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm
To remove your day from the face - even the most waterproof mascara dissolves with gentle care. This one starts out as a mud and massages into an effortless cleansing balm. The balm becomes a luxurious oil which hugs the skin with moisture until gently splashed and then toweled off. This is one of the best cleansers I have ever used.
Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask
The thermal lake in Budapest renews itself every 24 hours. At the bottom of the lake lies the organic black rock full of magnesium and calcium. These nutrients not only detoxify but also firm and improve the skin’s texture and tone.
After the skin is cleansed, one spray of Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist on the skin introduces apple pectin and orange blossom blend with the Hungarian Spring water to hydrate, tone, and give the skin a firmer appearance.