A wellness tonic since the Inca era, this freshwater green microalga is a superfood packed with nutrients that help you detox and strengthen your body. It’s even got a generous dose of iron, and in Africa, it’s used to combat malnutrition. In the US, spirulina is a great additive for diets lacking leafy greens or pure plant proteins. (Sports enthusiasts also appreciate its energizing and oxygenating effect.)
How do you eat spirulina? Get it dried, ideally as a powder, and add it to a smoothie or a salad. It’s also available in tablet form, to be taken as a dietary supplement. (Hint: For maximum results, check on the pack that the product only contains spirulina and no other algae, artificial colorings, preservatives or additives.)
There are pros and cons of wearing make-up when exercising, but you have to admit that mascara can make you feel a little more powerful at the gym. For long-lasting waterproof hold, add Double Fix’ Mascara on top of your regular mascara, and protect lashes from sweat, rain, and even chlorine. It’s been tested and approved by both an ophthalmologist and Clarins insiders, so go ahead—make a splash!
Nature addicts swear by this power-packed plant, and Ayurvedic medicine was already using its superpowers 5,000 years ago. Even Cleopatra made it part of her skincare routine. But aloe’s beauty properties come from its function as a desert plant: to withstand the most arid climates, it traps an incredible amount of water, along with sugars, vitamins and minerals, at its core. This composition gives pure aloe vera gel unparalleled moisturizing properties for the skin, as well as soothing, repairing and healing benefits (like soothing sunburns and irritation). Taken orally, aloe also improves digestion and combats fatigue. What more could you ask for?
A granddaughter of Jacques Courtin-Clarins, Virginie grew up immersed in the world of French beauty. Now this Parisian native she welcomes us to her offices opposite L’Opéra to tell us about the future of style.
Sun damage and thinning skin can cause hands to look spotted, gnarled, and… well… a little like the Wicked Witch. Here’s how to stop your hands from showing extreme signs of age:
1. Exfoliate regularly to remove flaky skin
2. Apply a hand cream (preferably one with plumping and anti-ageing properties) throughout the day.
3. Use sunscreen whenever you spend time outdoors.
In short: When it comes to anti-ageing beauty routines, treat your hands like your face… and everything will be fine!
Reminder: for maximum anti-ageing effects, your neck needs attention, too. Exfoliate it at the same time as your face with Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream, making small circular movements from your jaw to your décolleté. Extra-Firming Neck Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream is rich in ingredients which make your skin appear firmer—which might be why many women—even supermodels—swear by its tightening, anti-ageing results.
You’ve done the Louvre, the Tuileries, and the Sacré Coeur. But the third most visited city in the world holds a wealth of hidden treasures that are worth finding—especially with this handy guide.
For more greenery, check out the Saint-Vincent Wild Garden in Montmartre, plus the gardens planted along the banks of the Seine and the hidden gardens of the 7th arrondissement. Guided tours are possible, and Instagram bait is almost guaranteed. Find a list of gardens and tours organized by Paris City Council at www.blog.paris.fr
Looking for zen? Go to the garden of the Buddhist Pantheon, an annex of the Guimet Museum. Ponds, bamboo, stone bridges, and a tea pavilion offer some Asian-inspired relaxation in the middle of our bustling city.
To see Paris from above, go stargazing at the Sorbonne Observatory or the Camille-Flammarion Observatory with the French Astronomical Society. A way to discover the sky from a new perspective, it’s also a way to explore new places like University buildings and even private terraces. www.saf-astronomie.fr/observations
The Product: HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm
Essential rose wax, shea butter and ceramides form the hard-hitting trio in this intensely replenishing balm. Lips recover their softness from intense dryness or cold, and thanks to an effective plumping ingredient, they’re also more defined and coated in a pretty pink tint. (No wonder it made a surprise appearance at the 2015 Oscars!)
As soon as the thermometer drops! With little natural protection, lips tend to quickly dry out and crack. This balm has a replenishing as well as a cosmetic cocooning action, insulating this delicate area from the wintry weather. Bonus: For extra protection and comfort, apply a thick layer like a little lip mask before bedtime.
Illustration: Clémence Monot