French Women Don’t Get Facelifts

The sequel to the worldwide bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano strikes again, this time on the subject of ageing.

Despite the tongue-in-cheek title, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts is a refreshingly practical guide to ageing with attitude. While many books talk about ageing gracefully, Mireille doesn’t like that expression, instead claiming “ageing with attitude is what I believe in, and it’s a different approach to ageing well”.

Taking a wholistic approach to ageing, including skincare, diet, exercise, style, grooming, friendship and romance, advice is delivered in a very personal way with a multitude of case studies. While witty and humorous throughout, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts is eminently usable with recipes, breathing exercises and home remedy beauty treatments.

On writing French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, Mireille has explained “this book was very personal to me. I want to know how to attack ageing so to enjoy it to its fullest. And I knew I was not alone. I was not thinking so much about living a long time, but rather about looking good and feeling healthy in the decades to come. So while I pulled together my ideas over three years, I can say I researched the book over a lifetime.”

In a world where many people are trying to sell you something, Mireille’s message is refreshing. There is no miracle pill or procedure which will make you look like your 20-year-old self, a desire she does not support. Instead Mireille prefers to focus on embracing each stage of your life and thinking differently about the various aspects of it so you can be as comfortable as possible in your own skin.

While Mireille admits some French women do, in fact, get facelifts, from her experience of living in both France and America, she insists France is a country where women seek a more natural look and feel, as opposed to the youth-obsessed culture of America.

I would highly recommend French Women Don’t Get Facelifts for any woman who doesn’t like to think of herself as ‘old’ in the first place. With case studies featuring an 80-year-old woman wishing to travel “before she ages”, this book is a wonderful reminder to us all that ageing has little to do with a number and everything to do with your attitude. 

French women don’t get facelifts

Random House Books Australia

RRP $29.99 – Buy on Booktopia for $23.95

Written by SJ