Monday, 22 April 2013

Beauty secrets of Italian women

After reading an interesting post about French beauty secrets by  a French blogger I could not resist the temptation to reveal some of the beauty secrets of Italian women... 

Contrary to popular belief, Italian women are quite simple when it comes to body and skin care, even  though they would nearly ever go out without make-up.

Body Care
Italian ladies are just happy having a  shower & go and perhaps a relaxing bath with essential oils when they fancy a 'wellness break' in the comfort of their home.
One of my favourite shower product is L'Occitane Almond Foaming shower oil because it cleanses and hydrates in one step and it smells divine.

L'Occitane Almond Foaming Shower Oil 250ml

For my hair instead I love using John Frieda's products  but if I am on a budget I go for Pantene shampoo and conditioner.

Italian women do not really bother with slathering their body with slimming creams as they do not think that these will work unless they eat well and exercise.
I personally try to cook most meals from scratch, like a quick and easy pasta dish with a vegetables sauce made with onion, garlic, sweet red pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes or with whatever vegetables I have got in the fridge, sauteed in 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil and  topped with some some grated Parmigiano cheese.
Sport wise I must confess that I am pretty lazy at exercising (like 47% of Italian ladies!) but I love walking...especially if it involves shopping or at least browsing!

Skin care 
Most Italian women limit their skin care to cleaning their face with milk & toner and hydrate it with a  face moisturizer and an eye cream suitable for their age, skin type and concern (click here to read post on how to choose the right moisturizer).

I personally prefer washing my face with a wash off cleanser like the new L'Oreal Skin Perfection Recomforting Gel-Cream Wash.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Recomforting Gel-Cream Wash

If I am wearing a lot of make-up I may use a gentle yet effective eye make-up remover like Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent and a hydrating toner like Estee Lauder Soft Clean Silky Hydrating Lotion at the end of the day to make it sure that my face is properly clean.

Soft CleanClinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent

One of my favourite moisturizer instead is Estee Lauder Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Lotion SPF15 because its antioxidant rich formulation and SPF makes a different to the look of my skin. 

Estee Lauder DayWear Lotion SPF15

Depending on the condition of my skin, I may also add an exfoliating serum  with salicylic acid like Paula Choice 1% BHA Gel or bareMinerals - bareVitamins - Skin Rev-er Upper or a supplement serum, like Bobbi Brown Skin Supplement (review here) in the evening. 

Paula Choice 1% BHA GelbareMinerals - bareVitamins - Skin Rev-er UpperBobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement

Only 21,5% of Italian women dare go out bare face while most of them love evening out their completion with tinted moisturizer or foundation and concealer. I swear by Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizers (review here) and concealers and Chanel foundations (review here).

Italian women also love adding a pop of blush, often in a peachy hue, like Diego della Palma blush in 04 peach, or bronzer to their cheeks for a healthy glow and they enhance their big eyes with a lot of  mascara.

Diego della Palma peach blush  04

When Italian ladies choose a lipstick they often go for an orange brown shade (like Diego dalla Palma The Lipstick  in 37 light brick)  which works well with their Mediterranean colouring. 

Diego dalla Palma THE LIPSTICK 37 light brick

Italian women adore showing off a natural sun-kissed look but they also protect their skin with a high SPF sunscreen as soon as the good weather arrives. 
I personally trust Clinique sunscreens like Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream. 

Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream
Diego dalla Palma SUNSET BRONZER

Last but not least Italian ladies swear by wearing flattering slim-cut clothes in order to enhance their body shape and 'assets' (like bosom and bum) or to hide their flaws (like tummy and legs).

Gucci black dress

What are your beauty secrets as an Italian or foreign woman? I would love to hear from you. 



  1. Thank you very much for mentioned me in your post ! You have written a very interesting post, I've learned a lot about Italian beauty secrets and especially about make up ! I am always fascinated about cultural differences in beauty, thank you for your post!
    Love, Lc

    1. You are welcome. I agree with you it is always fascinating to find out about cultural differences and similarities too.
      Nice to hear from you

  2. io sono italiana e trovo vero quello che tu dici. Proverò senza dubbio fard e rossetto di Diego della Palma bellissimi e che non ho mai provato!

    1. Bene! Sono contenta che ti si apiaciuto il post.

  3. What an interesting post! So many ideas I never thought of! Very cool!

  4. Thank you Sarah! What about American women's beauty secrets?