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Meet Bénédicte Burguet Journé, Beauty Editor at Vanity Fair France

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She is the ultimate French-babe with a stellar career and a huge love for effortless elegance and beauty products. Voilà Bénédicte Burguet Journé.

We asked Bénédicte Burguet Journé all about her love for Paris, beauty, and her lovely little one. Get ready to feel inspired.
What is your self-care approach? 

I take care of myself physically and mentally. I eat well, try to sleep correctly (as much as possible with a baby), and “think” positively. For me, beauty is this sparkle in the eyes and radiant skin. You can’t be deeply beautiful if you are sad and tired.

You recently became the mother of the most beautiful baby ever, has your beauty regimen changed much since then? Do you have another approach to beauty?

My beauty regimen changed during my pregnancy. I used to drink wheatgrass juice every morning + green juice and life food (alfalfa, greens, seeds...) at every meal and no dairy. Now I feel much more relaxed. I eat clean, of course, but I drink red wine, eat a lot of French bread, drink coffee and have a piece of goat cheese once a week.

Do you have a blacklist of ingredients?
Refined sugar, of course. And cow cheese/milk.
Where do you find out about new products and treatments?
My naturopath is amazing (Marie-Laure NAGELEISEN). She always has good recommendations for high-quality supplements and superfood. Regarding beauty, as I am a beauty and lifestyle journalist, I have access to a bunch of new products from around the world.
Your bathroom: more is more or Marie Kondo?
In between. I am not a maximalist but I am not Marie Kondo neither. I have a strong beauty base of products and sometimes, I add a new one to my routine.
What skincare products are you loving at the moment?
Augustinus Bader The Cream that I love since its launch. I remember the first bottle of cream I had was a “labo” prototype with no packaging at all. In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Serum Cerate: wonderful discovery of the year. Kypris Eye cream night.
What is your daily beauty regimen? What is your weekly beauty regimen?
- in the morning: a splash of thermal water La Roche-Posay + Sérum C. E Ferulic—SkinCeuticals + Augustinus Bader
- at night: Cleanser + Floral water (tata Harper Rose water) + retinol (Estee Lauder) or an oil serum (vintner’s daughter, Ipsum)
- twice a week: a deep peeling with RECLAR a Korean tool that cleans my skin and my pores + an hydrating mask
Tell us one of your personal bests kept beauty secrets that you want to pass down to your daughter?

Avoiding the sun like your worst enemy :) The sun is more dangerous than cigarettes for the skin.

Are there any beauty secrets that your mother or grandmother passed down to you?
We are Mediterraneans so for my family, the sun is an enemy. Nobody “sun bath” and we all go to the beach at 6 p.m. I use SPF cream every day in Paris from April to October.
What is your favorite workout?

Indoor cycling. It is the toughest sport I have ever practiced. And I am completely addicted.

An expensive-but-worth-it product or treatment?
Botox.
Favorite App on your phone?
Instagram and the iPhone pedometer.
Last thing before bed?
A pillow talk with my husband. He is my soulmate, my love, my partner, my best friend. We could talk for hours together.
First thing in the morning?
Kissing my daughter.
Where do you go for treatments in Paris?
Dr. Antoni Calmon and I do Kinéplastie at Les petits soins.
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Favorite beauty store in Paris where you usually buy products?

Not a beauty shop, sorry ... but the organic local little market next to my house.

Favorite health spot in Paris?
I would have the same answer: health is what you eat. So my favorite health spot in Paris is this local market and maybe Wild & Moon for the green juices.
What does self-love mean to you?
A good balance between kindness and exigence.
Please share with us your most healing self-love rituals?
Walking around Paris with my favorite playlist in my Airpod. During these moments, I feel free, young and alive. I always end my hour of brisk walking with a feeling of joy and fullness.