Detoxing, not only is it the last word in diets, it’s also the summer smoothie word on everyone’s lips. Especially now there are so many different juice fast options to choose from. And while detoxes are designed to lighten the load on your digestive system, the question remains, is a juice-only diet worth the effort? The answer? Yes, but not for extended periods of time. That’s because the body is in fact already very efficient in eliminating toxins from the body. Instead, why not embark on a one-day 100% juice cleanse once a month or every 15 days? Go for a Monday, for example, to help the body recover from a weekend of excess. Or, twice a year go for a five-day cure as a seasonal health reboot. Whatever you do, just be sure to avoid the sugar trap and avoid juices that are overly packed with fruit, after all when stripped of its fibre, as is the case in juice, fruit can spike glycemic levels. Instead, blend plenty of vegetables along with a little fruit and vegetable protein and you’ll stay satiated as you detox your way to health.
For forever-fresh glowing skin, give your complexion what it craves, exactly when it needs it. That means a refreshing and energising cream first thing in the morning to wake up and keep skin feeling hydrated all day long, followed by a healing night version smoothed on in the evening.
Micellar water, there’s nothing quite like it for removing make-up. But what makes it so powerful? The answer lies with micelle molecules and a few heavy-hitting tensioactive powers. Simply put? While micelles attract greasy impurities such as sebum and make-up, they also draw out water-loving impurities such as sweat. Nothing, it seems, can stand in their way. Better yet, when using a micellar water, there’s no need to scrub away with your cotton wool because micelles act like little magnets to gently draw out dirt and leave your skin looking shiny and totally clean.
We met Prisca Courtin-Clarins at the iconic Royal Monceau Hotel for a chat and a delicious detox juice. As the Spa and Retail Director, the granddaughter of Clarins founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins continues his legacy by infusing plant-based spa innovations with modern trends and treatments. And with her signature classic look, she’s also a style star in Paris and beyond!
Le Grand Vert: cucumber, celery, kale and green apple. The perfect combination for the ultimate detox!
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Despite what you might suspect, facial oil won’t give you greasy skin. In fact, as the fatty acids in the facial oil hit the face, they work to boost skin hydration and overall softness. Better yet, depending on the vegetal ingredients, oil can even calm a shiny complexion. Use two to three droplets at night instead of a night cream. Or, in winter, add a little to a day cream to give dry skin a much-craved treat. And how about this for an incredible glow-boosting must-try? Tap two droplets over make-up for a splash of fresh-faced appeal.
Want to give sensitive skin the protective wrinkle-defying jolt it needs and up your outer-eye skincare? For fragile skin that’s easily marked by dehydration, look no further than Clarins' Hydra-Essentiel Eye Mask. Leave on for five minutes, as needed, and smooth your way to a sleeker, more refreshed look.
And because everyone loves a complete beauty boost, apply alongside a daily dose of Hydra-Essential Moisture Replensishing Lip Balm to protect against the on-set of laugh lines. Now, that’s something to smile about.
Gone is the time when burgers rhymed with junk food. Yep, they may be all-American, but those little patty-filled burger buns have never been so on-trend in the French capital. We’ve been taking a bite out of this latest foody fad at these gourmet Paris joints.
Organic burgers at Le Dépanneur
Catered by Paris’ very first food truck, Cantine California, this restaurant serves up deliciously soft bread, organic French meat, farmhouse cheddar, and, for the popular Cali’Classic, plenty of avocado. Now that’s what we call delicious.
27 Rue Pierre Fontaine, Paris 9th arrondissement. www.ledepanneurpigalle.com
Take-away burgers at the Marché des Enfants Rouges food market
With everything from brioche buns to Normandy and Picardy beef, farmhouse cheeses to beech-smoked bacon and spicy chilli mustard, everything here comes homemade and from small producers. Think slow food, not junk food!
39 Rue de Bretagne, Paris 3rd arrondissement.
Inventive burgers at Big Fernand
On the menu? Classic cheeseburgers, but also chicken, veal and lamb options – all made with French meat, French raw-milk cheese and topped off with fresh herbs and vegetables prepared on site.
55 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 9th arrondissement. To find other locations: www.bigfernand.com
Vegetarian burgers at Le Ruisseau
Forget meat, this restaurant serves up its burgers with a yummy chickpea, carrot and cumin patty topped with cucumber, onion and white sauce. All tucked inside a yummy homemade bun of course.
65 Rue du Ruisseau, Paris 18th Arrondissement. www.leruisseauburger.com
This fine mist sets make-up for hours so that eye shadow does not budge and colour does not slip. Better yet, thanks to Aloe Vera extracts, this make-up must also delivers a moisturising spritz-on bonus. All thanks to rejuvenating grapefruit and reviving organic rosewater.
When a big night out beckons, mist Fix’ over the face before heading out and the evening is yours. Whether you’re heading to a bar, restaurant or a club, you can be sure of flawless make-up fabulousness until the end of the night.
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