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7 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.
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.
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.
Give stressed out skin a break with a smothering of the Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Cream. Developed to calm and soothe red, dry and flaky skin, the gel cream utilizes gentle ingredients such as coconut oil to provide ultimate comfort and care.
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 revitalizes 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 moisturizer is a best-seller within the Normaderm range as it banishes blemishes, boosts moisture, minimizes 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, 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.
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.
This serum concentrate is the perfect treatment for skin that has had a long day. Natural ingredients like chamomile, peony, hawthorn and sage soothe, plus reduce the appearance of irritation. The result? A clearer, brighter, more energized complexion.
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.
Introducing a magical serum that is nothing but a household favorite amongst the French. Working to target dryness and signs of aging, this ultra-hydrating formula helps diminish fine lines while also boosting radiance.
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!
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Written by Carly Cochrane
As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing.