Have you taken new beauty and fitness resolutions for this year? Then, you’ll be inspired by the person I’m going to introduce in this article.
Indeed, that woman was the epitome of beauty and grace during her lifetime. Adored by a king, hated by her rivals, she never let anybody indifferent. Have you guessed who that woman can be?
It’s Diane de Poitiers! As one of the most famous French royal mistress, Diane de Poitiers is astonishingly modern. For instance, this can be seen in her beauty routine that you can reproduce in your own life. Without further ado, let me tell you everything about Diane de Poitiers’ beauty secrets!
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Who is Diane de Poitiers?
Birth and family
Diane de Poitiers was born in 1499 or 1500 in the South of France in an aristocratic family. When she was 15, she married Louis de Brézé, grandson of King of France Charles VIII and his mistress Agnes Sorel. She had two daughters and had a beautiful relationship with her husband.
Because of her marriage connections and her aristocratic lineage, she was maid of honor to Queen Claude of France. Later, she became the governess of the princes, including Henry, Duke of Orleans. That prince would become King Henry II of France.
Henry II’s lover
Initially, King Francis I hired Diane de Poitiers to teach him courtly manners. However, they ended having a passionate love affair which lasted 20 years. Only a fatal joust accident taking King Henry II’s life would end this unusual love affair.
Despite the fact she was 20 years her senior, she was considered as Henry’s true wife. Thus, she surpassed the official wife, Queen Catherine de Medici, in the king’s affections. At the French Court, courtiers even nicknamed Diane de Poitiers « la plus que reine » (more than queen). King Henry II even gave her the Crown’s jewels, which were only reserved to the queen.
Her life at the French Court
She was an art lover whose beauty and prestige inspired many poets of her time. Therefore, the artists under her patronage celebrated her beauty in poetry and paintings. Moreover, she identified herself with Diana, the Latin goddess of hunt, moon, nature, and chastity. For this last one, it’s ironic, given that she was a royal mistress!
Also, Diane de Poitiers had an incredible influence over the king, even in politics. For example, her royal lover would always ask for her opinion before taking a decision. Moreover, she kept up an abundant correspondence with many world leaders of the Renaissance era, including the pope.
Her final days
After King Henry’s death, she apologized to Queen Catherine de’ Medici and returned the Crown’s jewels to her. Then, she retired in her castle in Anet, in the Loire Valley. She died there, aged 66.
Diane de Poitiers’ physical appearance
Diane was the ultimate representation of beauty during the Renaissance era. She was blond, tall, had regular features and was slender. A French poet named Brantome even said that she also appeared to be unaffected by aging. Indeed, she was still extremely beautiful in her 60s.
In addition, Diane de Poitiers embodied the perfect female beauty of the Renaissance era. Indeed, she had all the physical criteria appreciated during that period:
- blond hair
- dark eyes
- pearly skin
- ruddy cheeks and lips
- small and firm breasts
- slim waist and legs
Diane de Poitiers’ beauty secrets
Contrary to many women of her era, Diane did not rely on mainstream cosmetics that she considered dangerous for her health. For instance, she would avoid make-up like plague. And she was right! Why?
Because during the Renaissance era, cosmetics were made with toxic elements such as lead and mercury. She religiously listened to the advice of her physician Ambroise Paré and led a healthy and active lifestyle.
She woke up as early as 6 am, prayed, and took cold baths whatever the season. Then, she would have a light breakfast made of broth and eggs, and went horse riding during three hours. Afterwards, she took a nap until 11 am. There, she would take care of her business and her estate until the sunset.
She ate light and balanced meals, avoided alcohol and went to bed early at 8 pm! She also enjoyed running and hunting. Moreover, she would preserve her skin from sun burns by wearing a mask when she exercised outdoors.
Nevertheless, she had a dirty secret habit that would be her doom: she drank liquid gold. I’ll explain it in more details below in the beauty trivia.
Beauty trivia about Diane de Poitiers
Actually, Diane’s top beauty secret was her consumption of liquid gold. Because of its color, gold was believed by alchemists to provide eternal youth and improve sex drive. In those days, many pharmacists would put a golden object (a jewel, for instance) in a glass of water. Then, they would tell their gullible patients/clients to drink it to get the essence of gold within their body.
However, Diane had serious advisors who provided her with true liquid gold, and that was her doom. As we already know, she always had a perfect complexion and appeared beautiful at an advanced age.
However, the French doctors who studied her skeleton have found out that gold caused serious damage all over her body. Indeed, her hair was brittle, her bones were fragile, she was quite skinny and had serious anemia.
Well, you can tell that Diane died because of her constant desire of eternal youth…
What we can learn about Diane de Poitiers
Apart from drinking gold, Diane de Poitiers was quite modern and no-nonsense concerning her life choices. She shows us that you can remain young when you start having healthy habits in your youth. And if you remain consistent with them, your face nd body will thank you in then long run!
If you want to follow Diane’s footsteps, here are some tips for you:
- Have a regular spiritual practice – it’s good for our inner beauty and peace
- Pick up a sport you like and practice it regularly
- Alternate between hot water and cold water when taking a shower (I wouldn’t recommend cold bath during winter, I am not inhumane!)
- Put sunscreen on your face and hands to protect your skin from sun damage
- Have light and balanced meals with vegetable, fruits, lean proteins, whole cereals, healthy fats
- Avoid unnecessary foods in your diet such as refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods
- Get our beauty sleep – at least 8 hours (Diane slept 10 hours!)
- Use gold only with creams and facials if you wish, but never drink it!
Learn more about Diane de Poitiers
If you want to go deeper on Diane de Poitiers, I recommend the following book:
By Princess Michael of Kent
Well, that’s it for today! What do you think of Diane de Poitiers’ beauty secrets? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
Take care, lovelies!
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