Learn how to age as the French do

Washington PostDecember 30, 2013 

“French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” by Mireille Guiliano.

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    French Women Don’t Get Facelifts

    Mireille Guiliano

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The author of the widely quoted “French Women Don’t Get Fat” has reached her 60s.

“I buy senior citizen tickets ... but I still travel fast,” Mireille Guiliano writes in her new book of advice on enjoying life’s later decades: “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts.”

Some of her good points: Too many of us hang on to an image of ourselves as the people we were at 27, or 35, or 42. Learn to see and appreciate yourself as you “truly are on the inside and on the outside,” and behave accordingly. Live “bien dans sa peau” – happily in your own skin.

Speaking of skin, she evaluates the merits of exfoliation and chemical peels, and discusses how to buy skin cream that’s best for your skin type. She goes on to a variety of lifestyle tips: She writes about how to wash aging hair – and how often. She advises daily “invisible” exercise: Don’t circle the mall parking lot looking for a space near the entrance, “take the first space and walk from there.”

Also, learn relaxation techniques: “So much is all about breathing. Absolument.” Modify your diet, but don’t be boring: “yogurt for Monday, eggs for Tuesday, whole wheat toast and cheese with a half grapefruit for Wednesday, oatmeal for Thursday, and so on.”

And definitely watch your attitude. As she quotes Coco Chanel saying: “No one is young after 40, but one can be irresistible at any age.”

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