It seems our love affair with French skincare will never die!
What’s the first thing you should do when you land at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris? Head straight to the nearest pharmacy to stock your suitcase with all the wonders of France’s incredible skincare legacy. These products are highly regarded, affordable and above all they work. Celebrities rave about them, models use them, bloggers can’t get enough of them.
“Many of the absolute best beauty products we’ve found come from regular French pharmacies. We always stock up when we’re in France or ask friends to bring some back when they’re passing through.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
French women believe in skincare over makeup. Of course they like their eyeliners and lipsticks as much as we do, but they pay more attention to their cleansers and moisturisers than contouring and fake lashes. French skincare brands understand this, and they have worked hard to create the best products in the world. There are no gimmicks here, just high quality ingredients and targeted products that give you a fresh, clean, Parisian glow.
“I feel that French woman are more into doing sport, getting enough sleep, drinking water, it's more about prevention and taking care of what you've got than just heading straight to the plastic surgeon to see what you can change.” – French actress Mona Walravens
But what if you can’t make it to Paris? There’s no need to stress ma petite cherie. Many of the most beloved and luxurious brands are available right here in Australia! In honour of this week’s Bastille Day celebrations, here are our favourite French pharmacy skincare products that will make you feel like you’re strolling along the Champs-Elysees.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+
“A lot of dermatologists and pharmacists recommend the brand La Roche-Posay in France because it offers a solution of care to every need, for all kinds of skin” – French model Cindy Bruna
This lipid replenishing balm helps to soothe very dry and irritated skin. La Roche-Posay is named after the beautiful French spa town of the same name, which is where it has historically sourced its water.
We’re excited to be working with French skincare legends Bioderma as they launch their new product Atoderm Intensive. This soothing and dermo-strengthening treatment helps to restore healthy and comfortable skin, which is wonderful for itchy, dry or irritated skin.
NUXE Rose Petals Cleansing Milk
There’s something about roses that scream “France”. Nuxe are known for their high powered skincare that incorporates botanical elements, and this cleansing milk removes make up and refreshes the skin without leaving it feeling dry.
"There's only one store in New York that sells it, so when I'm Paris I rush out to buy as many bottles as I can." – Latvian model Ginta Lapina.
No French skincare list would be complete without a mention of this model and celebrity favourite! This micellar water removes make up with one simple swipe, and it leaves your skin feeling cleansed and soft.
If fine lines and dry patches are a concern then this ultra moisturising mask is the answer to your prayers. Gatineau has a proud history in France that can be traced all the way back to 1885 with the birth of Madame Jeanne Gatineau.
This lightweight serum contains a highly concentrated dose of the patented antioxidant AOA to promote visibly healthier and more beautiful skin. Acorelle believes in working in an authentic and sincere fashion, and sources many of its ingredients from the Lot et Garonne region of France.
“It’s great right after the bath as it really takes right then. It also has a very lovely, very subtle smell.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
Another cult item that should be on every French pharmacy fan’s shelves! This multi-purpose oil can be used all over your body – your legs, your arms, your hands, your face and even your hair. It’s the most luxurious way to hydrate your skin.
Protect your hands from the harsh winter wind by massaging this argan oil and vitamin E enriched cream into your skin. Applying it is such an indulgent experience that you’ll feel like Marie-Antoinette!
This creamy cleanser is gentle enough to be used by the whole family and cleanses both the body and the face. Uriage is dedicated to sensitive skin and aims to share the benefits of Uriage Thermal Water with the world.
What’s your favourite French pharmacy pick? Or is there a country whose skincare range is being overlooked? Let us know in the comments!