9 Skincare Secrets: No Morning Cleansing, Applying Products with Fingers, and Avoiding Exfoliation

In France, pharmacies play a central role in skincare. Whenever we have questions about skincare products, we often turn to the pharmacist for the best advice.

Natacha Bonjout, a pharmacist with over 15 years of experience, has launched her own skincare brand, Bonjout, focused on non-comedogenic formulas suitable for all skin types. Here, she shares her top nine skincare tips.

1. Use Complementary Active Ingredients

One of Bonjout’s key principles is to avoid overloading the skin. She spent five years perfecting the formula for Le Balm, ensuring the active ingredients work synergistically rather than against each other.

For example, she recommends pairing vitamin C with SPF for daytime protection and retinol with hyaluronic acid for nighttime use.

However, she warns against using retinol with vitamin C due to potential irritation.

Tip: Use targeted, effective skincare products that complement each other to avoid overstressing your skin.

2. Gentle Morning Routine

To protect the skin barrier, Bonjout advises a different approach to morning cleansing. Instead of a thorough wash, she suggests rinsing your face with lukewarm water or a gentle toner spray.

This contrasts with the more aggressive American routine of deep morning cleansing.

Tip: In the morning, simply rinse your face with lukewarm water or a gentle toner to preserve your skin’s natural microbiome.

Skip Your Morning Cleanse

To protect your skin barrier, Bonjout suggests gently double cleansing at night and then in the morning, rinsing your skin with thermal water or spritzing on a toning mist. It’s “the total opposite of the squeaky clean” American method for a reason: “Every night, your skin reconstitutes its flora to protect itself,” she says. “Simply rinsing in the morning with thermal water like Avène Thermal Spring Water or a gentle flower water toner like Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Face Mist is all you need to do before starting your day.” At night, “double cleansing is capital, especially when I wear sunscreen or makeup, to remove Manhattan’s polluted particles,” she says. “When I stay home, I only gently clean my skin with my Collosol Eau de Lait or micellar water.” She likes Bioderma Micellar Water (“French famous” since the early’ 90s) as a first step, and Caudalie Vinoclean Foaming Cleanser or Tata Harper Softening Cleanser as the second “double” cleanse.

3. Apply Everything with Your Fingers

Bonjout always uses her fingers to apply skincare and makeup products.

She believes that massaging products into the skin with your fingers can reduce stress, enhance confidence, and promote better sleep and radiant skin. In France, people often get monthly facials, partly due to the therapeutic power of touch.

Tip: Use your fingers to apply products and incorporate gentle facial massage into your routine for added benefits.

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4. Embrace Natural Remedies

While science leads French pharmacy practices, natural remedies are also respected.

Bonjout recommends royal jelly, a nutrient-rich substance produced by bees, which can be consumed or applied to the skin for its antioxidant and healing properties.

Tip: Incorporate natural remedies like royal jelly into your skincare routine for added nourishment and immune support.

5. Choose Mineral Sunscreen

Although any sunscreen is better than none, Bonjout strongly advises using mineral-based sunscreens over chemical ones to avoid potential irritation.

French pharmacists often recommend La-Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50, which is 100% mineral-based.

Tip: Opt for mineral sunscreens to reduce the risk of irritation and ensure broad-spectrum protection.

6. Use Biomimetic Ingredients

Bonjout advocates for biomimetic skincare, which uses ingredients that mimic the skin’s natural components. These include ceramides, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and amino acids. Biomimetic products are more easily recognized and utilized by the skin, leading to better results.

Tip: Look for skincare products with biomimetic ingredients for optimal skin health and performance.

7. Consider NAD+ Supplements

Bonjout keeps an eye on emerging trends in supplements, including NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), a coenzyme involved in over 500 cellular processes.

While still under research, NAD+ shows promise in supporting metabolism, energy production, and cellular repair.

Tip: Stay informed about emerging supplements like NAD+ that may offer additional health benefits.

8. Treat Your Skin Like Silk

Bonjout was influenced by another French pharmacist, Isabelle Bellis, to treat her skin like her favorite silk shirt.

Over-exfoliation can damage the skin over time, leading to increased sensitivity and inflammation.

Tip: Be gentle with your skin, avoid over-exfoliation, and treat it with the same care as delicate fabric.

9. Less is More

A minimalist approach to skincare is often more effective. Bonjout advises against using too many different products and brands.

She emphasizes the importance of multipurpose products and a gentle touch. If stranded on a desert island, she would choose a highly nourishing balm.

Tip: Simplify your skincare routine with a few high-quality, multipurpose products and gentle application techniques.

By following these expert tips from Natacha Bonjout, you can achieve healthier, more radiant skin without overcomplicating your routine.


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