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10 Secrets To Aging Like A French Woman

10 Secrets To Aging Like A French Woman

France is a country rich in culture; whether it is art, architecture, sports, fashion, literature, music, cinema, philosophy, cuisine, society… the list is endless. According to United Nations World Tourism Organisation, there was a record 83.7 millions visitors visited in France alone, in 2014. Apparently, one of the reasons behind such trips to that country is the French women.

Have you ever wondered what could be the secret behind the beauty of a Francais woman? Well, it could be a lot of things. The lifestyle they build from their childhood, to the lifestyle they continue even when they are old, is the first most important thing. Do you know why? Because what they practice from the early days become a habit, more like a ritual for them. And it is these habits that make these beauties age longer than other women. Here are few secrets that you may want to know if you want to age like a French belle.

1. Positive belief in oneself.

French ladies are positive. They embrace whatever flaws they have. They don’t care much about their wrinkles, or big nose, or whether they are going bald. They would expose their skin, in public (where appropriate), not worrying about what the world would think. And because of this frame of mind, these beauties prefer not to go under the knife and alter their parts of the bodies.

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2. Routine skin care.

French women go through regular facial treatments. They apply generous amount of sunscreen whenever they head out, regardless of the weather condition. Moisturizing, adequate amount of sound sleep, healthy food, expose to less toxicity, less cigarettes, and avoiding the sun as much as possible are some of the “open-secrets” to their skin care regime.

3. They are always “a la mode”.

Fashion and French women go hand in hand. More or less, every fashion conscious woman would want to know why the French femmes are such trend-setters. There has to be something that they do uniquely that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Here are some fashion tips that you might be interested in.

4. Being sexy all the time.

From being a la mode to being sex symbols, these femmes are good at everything. You will notice, there are numbers of beauties that are 40 and above years old. Starting from Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Michele Mercier, Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau, to Laetitia Casta, Juliette Bincohe, Sophie Marceau, the list just goes on and on. These powerful femme fatale are not scared of showing off their cleavage, they don’t think twice about wearing high heels, or short skirts. This also manifests their confidence in themselves.

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5. Romance, romance everywhere.

French women don’t stop at being all sexy. They are flirtatious, and believe in romance. The capital city of France, Paris, is considered to be the most romantic place on Earth. Do you know why? Because not only the women are seductive and beautiful, they are in love with their partners, and would stop by a bridge over the Seine, and would kiss. They prefer to walk hand-in-hand with their confrere, and wander off to some beautiful place.

6. They celebrate life.

French women, of all ages, celebrate life to the fullest. They cater to their passions of getting spoiled through visiting the salons, traveling, making love, laughing out loud, eating whatever they want to, without any guilt conscious. They love cinema, art, architecture, they love literature, music, and dance. They love wine, and they love to socialize.

7. Eat well to stay well!

French femmes believes in good food. Food that burst into nutritions, are full of flavor, and are palatable. Now, they may not seem too picky about what they eat, but they are quite strict about maintaining the amount, and the times of meals they eat. They have three proper meals: breakfast like a prince, lunch fit for a king, and dinner like a peasant. They also make sure the entire family is present at the dining table; it is more like a family time for them.

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Most of the time, meals are as: a starter course of some salad; the main dish, which consists of chicken, or fish, or pasta, and a side dish of vegetables; there’s the cheese course, most of the times, they prefer yogurt or cheese; and lastly, the dessert that contains mostly fruits.

Clafoutis aux olives noires confites (candied black olive cake) is an example of a classic French dessert. It has a unique recipe, and is definitely worth a try!

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    8. Francais femmes enjoy water and wine.

    We all know France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. Of all the beverages, the femmes prefer wine, and of course, water. Their first priority is water. Always. All the time. The adults are fond of having at least one glass of wine everyday. That’s all for their drinks. No other

    9. They love movement.

    So, you are wondering, if they eat hearty meals and drink, and engage themselves in merriment, then how come they have well maintained figure? Well, they don’t specifically enjoy hitting the gym, but they are constantly on the move. They love walking, swimming, running, jogging, cycling, gardening, playing sports, anything that involves movement. They are always moving. And that, mon ami, is the secret of them being all slim and trim.

    10. They live the moment!

    Regardless of how old one is growing, the Francais femmes sure know how to live the moment. The older one grows, the merrier she becomes. They will dance alongside their younger counterparts, and they will never let go off their fashion sense. They will put make-up matching their age, and they will style their hair too. They are very family-oriented. And they will never skip any fun that they are invited to.

    These are the habits that the French women perpetuate everyday. These routines keep them healthy, fit and fine, and aids them to age slower than usual. They know how to embrace aliveness. They love what they do, without regretting at all. They are happy, carefree, fashionable, and are attractive!

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    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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