What's the Real Secret Behind the Beauty of Frenchwomen?

The secrets to Frenchwomen's skincare are always being explored by American journalists.  Myself included.  It's undeniable that Frenchwomen age better.  And despite the fact that they're known for looking chic when they smoke, the damage it does to their lungs is far worse than what it does to their skin.  So what is it?  Why do I find myself dodging second hand smoke every chance I get in fear of free radicals attacking my skin, slathering on retinoids nightly and opting for IPL treatments to clear my skin of brown spots?  One French beauty brand is offering a free trip to France so you can explore for yourself!  

Truth is, Frenchwomen age gracefully because they're taught from their tween years that skincare, dermatologists, facialists are their best friends.  For them, facials aren't a seasonal chore of extractions like they may seem for us.  Instead, they're more of a regular routine, because good skin means less makeup.

There are many French skincare brands that I love and yes, I'm completely biased because they come from France and want to believe that by using them I'll have the skin of a Frenchwoman in eight weeks.  Wishful thinking, I know.

aveneRecently, I've come across a campaign by Avene that encourages Facebook fans to start using their Cleanance Blemish-Control Solution Kit for six weeks.  Upload a before picture and then an after picture and you can win a trip for two to France!  Who doesn't want to shop the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré?

The Cleanance Blemish-Control Solution Kit contains four gentle products that reduce acne without causing irritation.  It includes: Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser, Cleanance K, Cleanance Toner and  Thermal Spring Water all for $29.

*This is a sponsored post by Avene.