Happy Bastille Day! Ever since my mom moved to France when I was 8 years old, I’ve split my time living between New York and Paris. I love both cities and both cultures. Each have their strengths (and weaknesses), but there’s no denying that the French have a special way of savoring the good things in life—food, vacation, and of course, beauty. French women truly embrace aging—they have much less stress than Americans about wrinkles and other telltale signs of getting older. In fact, I’d say that they “own it” and that confidence is really what maintains, and even enhances, their natural beauty. As well as, of course, excellent skincare. I recently wrote a beauty feature about the anti-aging beauty secrets of French women (What French Women Know About Skincare That Americans Don’t) for YouBeauty.com and the five French women whom I interviewed—all successful women in the world of beauty—unanimously said that they were taught in their teenage years, usually by their mother, that the earlier you start protecting and preserving your skin, the longer it’ll stand the test of time. Researching this story reminded me how important it is to start educating my daughters about skin health. My kids are really great about putting on sunscreen, or rather putting up with me slathering sunscreen all over them, but other factors like cleansing, moisturizing, and not picking dry patches or scratching bug bites could be learned. Hop over to YouBeauty.com to read about what these gorgeous women do now in their 30’s and 40’s to take care of their skin. I’m definitely inspired to add a few of their rituals into my current skincare regimen.