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12 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 favorite at the likes of fashion week, with both makeup artists and hair stylists swearing by them.
Luckily, the goods have now made their way overseas and are much more accessible to all beauty enthusiasts. Before now, you would have to splash out on a plane 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 multitude 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.
SVR Laboratoire originated as a family business, when husband and wife embarked on a mission to formulate dermatological active ingredients without affecting the skin's tolerance. Now, they offer expert products that can tackle everything from acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation and aging.
Wave bye-bye to brown spots and dark patches, as this potent serum gets to work on reducing the overall appearance of hyperpigmentation. With an 8% Depigmenting Complex and 2% stabilized vitamin C blend, the serum simultaneously reduces the depth of dark spots and boosts natural radiance.
The secret behind French women's youthful looks has been revealed. Filorga is the line of products that kept signs of premature aging 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.
Bioderma are one of the most popular and recognizable 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 favorite that deserves a place in your every day routine.
It’s the veteran of all micellar waters and our favorite 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.
When French luxury is combined with Korean innovation, the result can only be ground-breaking. Erborian is a skin care line that utilizes both Korean technologies and high-end ingredients in order to create makeup and skin care hybrids that are truly unmatched.
Supercharged with Yuza, a powerful antioxidant ingredient, this lotion packs the ability to defend the skin against environmental aggressors. Your natural skin barrier is strengthened and the deeper layers of skin are hydrated for an all-round, healthy-looking complexion.
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.
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, aging 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 minimize 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 body mist from Institut Esthederm makes sure that sun-soaked skin is given the right care. Infused with the brand's patented Global Cellular Protection technology, each layer of skin (even the deepest) is protected from sun damage and age spots. Not to mention the grease-free and waterproof finish gives you the peace of mind that your skin is protected as you have fun in the sun!
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 revitalizing 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 favorite, 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.
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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.