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.)
“To prepare your skin for the changing seasons, apply a mask every morning at breakfast for a week,” says Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins*. Choose one that works best with your skin type to receive all the right benefits. After seven days of daily masking, switch to once-a-week treatments to maintain results. (And remember, it’s okay to switch masks depending on the needs of your skin.)
*Extract from « Doctor, I want to be the fairest of them all! » (Doctor Olivier Courtin-Clarins)
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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.
There are three types of dark circles: brown, shadowy, and blue-purple. If you’ve got brown circles (caused by skin pigment) or hollow ones (caused by thinning skin), go for concealer and call it a day. Choose one slightly lighter than your skin tone, you’ll avoid the “reverse panda” effect of having weird white circles around your eyes.
If you have blue-purple dark circles, that’s from sluggish circulation—and you might be able to improve it. Use a skincare product that helps replenish, and supplement your skincare’s key ingredients with more sleep, more fruits and vegetables, and—sorry—a reduction in screen time.
(But keep concealer on backup just in case. Everyone needs it once in a while.)
You're determined to keep a sun-kissed glow all year round. Arm yourself with Clarins' surefire self-tanning weapon—Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster—and mix two to three drops with your normal day cream (ie: Multi-Active Day Cream) for a made-to-measure tan that looks incredibly natural, too.
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.
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