You know those specialist subjects that might come in handy one day for a pub quiz? Mine would be skincare. Specifically, French Skincare. There’s something about their pharmacy approach to skincare that just gets me. Plus, have you ever seen a French woman? Seriously chic. I’ve rounded up my French Pharmacy Favourites as well as running through must-haves from a selection of très bon brands.
If I had to pick one lip balm for the rest of my life… Nuxe Reve de Miel would be a strong contender. You know the one. A little glass pot containing the most delicious honey-scented balm around. See my review on it from 2012 if you fancy a laugh. The entire Reve de Miel range is definitely worth investigating; the hand cream and body scrub are particularly lovely.
Makers of the OG micellar solution (a super gentle makeup remover that feels like water on the skin). I used to have to import this stuff in (bootleg beauty) but now it’s far easier to get your hands on a bottle. I like the original, for sensitive skin, and the version for dehydrated skin. Having tried so many micellar waters, I can confirm that Bioderma remains the best. My second recommendation would be the shower oil, which is seriously underrated. It’s amazing for dry skin, smells fresh and makes shaving legs a breeze.
La Roche Posay
If you’ve got sensitive skin, I would point you in the direction of La Roche Posay. The brand specialises in results-led skincare, housed in medicinal packaging. They’ve got so many cult products – the brand has an extensive range. Effaclar Duo is the best for oily/blemished skin. The Anthelios range is one of the better sunscreens on the market. Cicaplast is a great range for skin needing to be repaired, e.g. dry lips or eczema. Toleriane is the range for sensitive skin (the night cream is an all-time favourite!).
When I think Vichy, I think masks. Their masks are amazing. The Quenching Mineral mask should be in everyone’s skincare stash, especially in this heat wave. Like a big drink for thirsty skin. The Aqualia Thermal range is my favourite of theirs – it’s designed specifically for dry and dehydrated skin and does make a noticeable difference. The Dermablend range of makeup packs some serious coverage, too.
There’s one product I’d recommend from this brand, but it’s a good one. Lait creme Concentre is a moisturiser that sits beautifully under makeup. It’s used backstage a far bit because it leaves skin rich & plumped but also as a great primer. Love love love.
How do Parisians get such chic hair? The answer might be Klorane… Can’t you just imagine the bottles looking stylish in your bathroom? I love their mango butter range, especially the leave-in conditioner. A must for dry or parched hair. Their dry shampoo is one of the best, and their Flax Fiber shampoo is great for adding volume. I also rate their makeup remover (more on that here).
Do you have any French Pharmacy Favourites?