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11 Iconic French Pharmacy Skincare Brands (and the products we love)
From A-beauty, to J-beauty and K-beauty, it seems like we can’t get enough of alphabet-inspired formulas. But, whilst the newbies enter the limelight, one letter remains at the forefront: F-beauty.
French beauty has been a pioneer in the industry for quite some time now, and trust us, it hasn’t gone unnoticed. French-born products have continuously been a backstage favourite at the likes of fashion week, with both makeup artists and hair stylists swearing by them.
Luckily, the goods have now made their way across the channel and are much more accessible to all beauty enthusiasts. Before now, you would have to splash out on a Eurostar ticket if you wanted to get your hands on the epic skin care and feel-good formulas.
To help you be the first to snap up the best of the bunch, we've rounded up a list of iconic French pharmacy products.
Avène's story began in 1763 in a small, rural village located in the South of France. Today, they are one of the biggest beauty brands across the globe, renowned for their iconic Thermal Spring Water. With each product specially designed to naturally soothe, comfort and protect sensitive and irritable skin, you can trust Avène to heal any skin concern.
Ask a French girl if she's used the Thermal Water as part of a skin care routine and the answer will almost always be yes. It's Avène's famed formula, as it boasts a magnitude of beautifying benefits. Whether you use it to set makeup, calm redness or as a hydrating pick-me-up, you can guarantee skin looks and feels healthier.
The Embryolisse journey dates back to the 1950s, when a dermatologist in a Parisian hospital created a formula that would keep the patient's skin hydrated. Now, it's a staple name in not only French households, but homes across the world. Even the likes of Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson are firm fans.
Ahh, Nuxe. This is a French skin care brand that we are high-key obsessed with. From their eco-friendly ingredients to their innovative formulas and sweet-smelling scents, the French are really on to a winner with this one.
It’s a cult-classic and the multitasker that French women swear by. Made from entirely natural ingredients, the NUXE dry oil laces hair, skin and body with an unmatched moisture and a scent that screams summer.
Don't believe us? Check out our NUXE Dry Oil Review and see how it transformed a temperamental complexion.
The secret behind French women's youthful looks has been revealed. Filorga is the line of products that kept signs of premature ageing and sagging skin in check, way before botox was a thing. With hyaluronic acid powering their formulas, it's your one-stop-shop to keeping a young and plump complexion.
Whether its contraction wrinkles, deep wrinkles, surface wrinkles, fatigue wrinkles or expression wrinkles, this high-powered, perfectly balanced serum can help minimise the appearance of them all.
Bioderma are one of the most popular and recognisable brands in the industry at the moment. Home to one of the best micellar water collections plus other skin-loving formulas, such as sunscreen, it's a French favourite that deserves a place in your every day routine.
It’s the veteran of all micellar waters and our favourite for makeup removal that’s mess-free. Its ability to dissolve all traces of build-up whilst soothing skin is what makes this a hit backstage at fashion week.
Give stressed out skin a break with a smothering of the Bioderma Sensibio DS+ Cream. Developed to calm and soothe red, dry and flaky skin, the gel cream utilises gentle ingredients such as coconut oil to provide ultimate comfort and care.
When French luxury is combined with Korean innovation, the result can only be ground-breaking. Erborian is a skin care line that utilises both Korean technologies and high-end ingredients in order to create makeup and skin care hybrids that are truly unmatched.
Supercharged with ginseng, a powerful antioxidant ingredient, this eye cream packs the ability to turn back the clock on ageing. Delicate skin around the eye area is strengthened and protected, whilst the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles are improved for a radiant visage.
Vichy is the French-born brand that caters to even the most sensitive skin types. For 80 years and counting, they've been providing formulas that are rich in minerals and help to soothe, calm and clarify skin.
Vichy's exclusive Mineralising Water is blended with BHA salicylic acid and zinc to create a daily gel cleanser that purifies and revitalises the appearance of oily, blemish-prone skin. Dirt, dust and pollutant particles are effortlessly removed from skin, leaving you with a fresher, clearer and mattified complexion.
Follow up with the Anti-Blemish Care to target skin concerns and lock in 24 hour hydration. This moisturiser is a best-seller within the Normaderm range as it banishes blemishes, boosts moisture, minimises pores and gives skin a soft focus effect. Oily skin will never look more radiant and beautiful!
The French swear by their products, A-listers swear by their products and we swear by their products. La Roche-Posay has been offering highly effective skin care solutions for all concerns for the last 30 years. Whether it's redness, acne, oiliness, ageing or dryness, there is a formula here that will transform your skin for good.
Calling all oily-skinned beauties, this is the cleanser you never knew you needed until now. Once applied with water, the gel lathers into a foam that works overtime to balance sebum production, shrink pores and minimise blackheads and blemishes. Skin if left purified, clarified and fresher than ever before.
If there’s one product that will keep you shielded from harmful UV rays, it’s the Ultra-Light Anthelios Face Sunscreen. The non-greasy formula provides very high sun protection, making it ideal for all skin types, especially fair and sensitive complexions.
Pierre Darphin was a Parisian kinesiotherapist that brought together some of the world's best cosmetologists, massage therapists, manicure experts and other professionals to create a line of never-seen-before skin treatments. Today, Darphin serves up everything from day creams to face oils and serums, all of which keep your skin in tip-top condition.
Staying true to its name, this rejuvenating elixir blends the rare aromatic essences from eight precious flowers in order to visibly improve the appearance of your complexion. Expect skin to feel comfortable, nourished, renewed and full of life after just a few applications.
The Parisians really do know a thing or two about skin care, don't they? Institut Esthederm is an innovative skin care and sun care brand that supplies nothing but skin-friendly formulas. Their products only ever work to boost your natural beauty and help to prolong it, so that you can flaunt youthful and healthy skin for years to come.
This luxury body spray from Institut Esthederm helps prepare your skin for sun exposure by activating your skin's pigmentation process. It's a great holiday companion to strengthen your skin and prevent photo-ageing.
Caudalie is the French brand that brings you spa treatments from the comfort of your own home. The skin care line was established in Bordeaux, France, and was the first to combine the revitalising effects of the hot springs water with homegrown vine and grape extracts. It soon found itself on the shelves of many French pharmacies, which then led to its global success today.
Want to ensure that your beauty looks are budge-proof? Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir uses extracts of grape – the same kind used to create that fine French wine – rosemary, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic balm mint to reduce the appearance of pores and give your skin a little pick-me-up.
A best-seller and global favourite, Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is loved by millions of women as it corrects dark spots with minimal effort required. Saturated with the Caudalie patented Viniferine (which is 62 times more effective than vit C), it effectively boosts radiance and evens skin tone and texture.
Now that you're fully stocked up with French pharmacy product favourites, why not check out The Best Hand Cream for Dry and Cracked Skin?
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.