I’ve never truly been comfortable in my own skin until now.
After travelling the world solo for over half a year, I’ve learned a lot about different cultures, traditions, religions, but more importantly than any other – I have learned a lot about myself.
After spending the past week in the French Caribbean on the French collectivity of St Barthelemy, I’ve finally ‘put my finger on it’ and discovered whole heartedly what we can learn from French women.
What we can learn from French Women
A natural approach to beauty
French women embrace their natural state and celebrate their imperfections. There is little enhancement by way of make up, hair is kept tidy but not slick or refined. There is of course the golden rule to never let your hair grow too long – for shorter hair is preferred – no extensions, ladies! The only upkeep given prominent focus is a healthy glow – achieved by taking care of your body inside and out, a good skin regime, and maintaining a steady and sensible diet.
The female body should be celebrated
Ever wondered why many French women go topless at the beach? It’s not just to achieve the perfect tan – but it is also because they celebrate the female body, rather than making it an object. While there is the free the nipple campaign sweeping through the Western world, the French have already long perfected that – bras begone!
Enjoy everything in moderation
Ever wondered why French women are so damn skinny!? They maintain a smart and sensible one, rather than resorting to fad diets and yo-yoing from a healthy lifestyle to the point where they are near forced to pig out. You won’t see a French woman snacking on food or eating their feelings – meal times are meal times and any other time is to be used more productively.
French women are more likely to treat themselves to pampering and beauty treatments – spa days, facials, beauty treatments. This should be viewed as a reward to your body, to nourish your body as well as your mind.
The pleasure principle
While the French women are as a whole a slimmer breed, it’s not for lack of treating themselves to glorious meals and sweet treats. The French women enjoy simple pleasures on occasion – everything in moderation!
Feel good, look great
Here’s the ‘secret ingredient’ to the French women – confidence is key! French women walk with a purpose, they have confidence in themselves and they’re not afraid to show it. They know they are beautiful the way they are, as beauty comes from within. These women know that if they are feeling good, they are looking just as good – if not better!
Be confident in your own skin
Another note on confidence – it really is that important! French women know they are different from any other woman out there – they each have something different to offer. They love themselves the way they are and they know you will too – it’s all about the confidence!
Age is but a number
Have you ever seen an older French woman looking anything less than fabulous? Chances are no, as they age incredibly well. That’s because they have maintained their beauty at a steady pace throughout their lives – not switched from one diet to the next, ‘let themselves go’ after marriage or tried to conform to any standards other than their own.
Follow your passion
Finally, French women follow their passion – the true key to happiness. Don’t forget to do what you love and love what you do!