This Is How a French Superstar Gets Dewy Skin (and Confidence)

Updated 05/06/19
Charlotte Gainsbourg
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If, like us, you're obsessed with all things beauty, fashion, and wellness (and your love of skincare is rivaled only by your love of French-girl style), then you'll be very pleased to hear that Charlotte Gainsbourg just shared her top skincare secrets with our sister site, Byrdie. Aside from being the daughter of luminaries Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, she's also a mother of three who's been nurturing a bustling career as a musician and actor for three decades. Given Gainsbourg's many roles and responsibilities, she definitely knows a thing or two about achieving balance and the benefits that follow, like dewy, healthy skin.


Her biggest beauty secret? You can't find that sought-after glow from a product you buy at the drugstore. Rather, Gainsbourg believes that the key to beauty is being authentic and true to one's character; a big part of harnessing that radiance is by being confidence in who you are. So in true French fashion, her effortless elegance is just that: easy and natural. In fact, her skincare routine is hardly a routine at all.

To me, when you can read honesty through beauty, that is sort of an important trait of character. It is what translates to beauty for me.

"I don't really have a set skincare routine," she says, though getting plenty of sleep is crucial. She simply washes her face with Avene Thermal Spring Water and moisturizes with her mother's go-to, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè, which are both French pharmacy staples. Now this is a routine we can definitely get behind. It's super low-maintenance and fuss free—perfect for those of us who are balancing busy careers with social lives, while also raising a family.

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