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France Wants ... Youthful Skin
In 2011, French men and women underwent about 500 more non-surgical procedures — such as chemical peels and Dermabrasion — than invasive ones. “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” is how author Mireille Guiliano explained her country’s casual take on aging in her 2013 book. “Certainly in France, a woman in her forties and fifties is still alluring and seen as an object of desire and acts the part,” she wrote. “She feels it and acts it, but doesn’t pretend she is ageless. She is comfortable in herself. She takes care of herself and for the most part watches her weight and external presence, but she doesn’t attempt to look like her twenty‑year‑old self. America and many other cultures are youth cultures. France is not.”

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