French pharmacies are brimming full of effective skincare products, and the good news is you don't need a plane ticket to shop these cult favourites.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
Undeniably Biologique Recherche’s most famous and legendary product, Lotion P50 is a magic potion that does it all. Touted as a facial in a bottle, this chemical exfoliator is currently available in seven different versions, with a range of strengths available depending on your exfoliation tolerance and personal skin concerns.
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
If your skin is hypersensitive or quick to become irritated, tight and uncomfortable, then Avene’s Thermal Spring Water Spray is an essential addition to your beauty routine. It can also be used to set your makeup or after exercising.
A handbag staple, Boiron’s Homéoplasmine is a great multipurpose balm and every French family has at least one tube at home. It soothes irritated skin and helps with insect bites or allergies, and it’s also great as a lip balm.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Perhaps the most famous micellar water of all, Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O is a gentle cleansing water that can even remove waterproof makeup. Designed for sensitive skin, it’s a favourite among makeup artists and French pharmacy fanatics alike. To use, simply apply liberally to a cotton pad and gently sweep over the face and eyelids. Repeat until the cotton pad comes away clean.
Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré
Hailed as every makeup artist’s secret weapon, Embyolisse’s Lait-Creme Concentre does the work of three products in one creamy lotion. Brilliant as a primer, moisturiser and makeup remover, this multi-tasker makes a great travel companion and has earned cult status in every beauty hall of fame worldwide.