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11 Iconic French Pharmacy Skincare Brands (and the products we love)

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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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

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.

Avène Thermal Water - 150ml

Avène Thermal Water

$9.00

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.

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Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel

$9.60 $12.00 (20% off)

This cleansing gel flies off the shelves thanks to its ability to purify and regulate oil production without the use of soap. Ideal for blemish prone skin, it’s a gentle formula that’s good to use on both your face and body.


Embryolisse

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.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

$16.00

The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre is nothing but an all-rounder. Boasting a three-in-one formula, it can be used as a moisturizing lotion, primer and makeup remover. No wonder it's a best-seller.

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid

Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid

$17.50

The Lait Creme collection is home to another popular formula. The Fluide is a velvety-smooth lotion that can be used as a replenishing moisturizer, after sun, makeup remover and more.

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NUXE

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.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil

$51.00

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.

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Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

$17.00

Looking for a lip balm that actually works? Allow us to introduce you to the Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm. This hardworking formula can restore and revive dry, sore and chapped lips in no time at all.

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Filorga

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.

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes

$59.00

Keep your peepers pretty, as anti-aging experts Filorga bring you the ultimate formula. Inspired by the latest, innovative medical techniques, this eye correction cream smooths, plumps and lifts skin around the eye to reveal younger and wider looking peepers.

Filorga Time Zero Serum

Whether its contraction wrinkles, deep wrinkles, surface wrinkles, fatigue wrinkles or expression wrinkles, this high-powered, perfectly balanced serum can help minimize the appearance of them all.


Bioderma

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.

Bioderma Sensibio H2o Make-up Removing Micelle Solution

Bioderma Sensibio H2o Make-up Removing Micelle Solution

$4.99 $5.00 (1% off)

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.

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Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Care

Bioderma Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Care

$24.90 $26.00 (5% off)

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.

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Erborian

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.

Erborian CC Cream SPF 25

Erborian CC Cream SPF 25

$24.00 $24.90 (4% off)

Korean intelligence combines with French beauty to create this epic CC cream. A few swipes of this velvety-soft formula will leave you with skin that’s perfected and radiant.

Erborian Ginseng Total Eye

Supercharged with ginseng, a powerful antioxidant ingredient, this eye cream packs the ability to turn back the clock on aging. 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

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 Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

$18.00

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.

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Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

$25.00

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!


La Roche-Posay

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.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel

$14.99

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.

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La Roche-Posay Clear Skin Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 60

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.


Darphin

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.

Darphin Intral Toner

Darphin Intral Toner

$17.70

This toner is the perfect pick-me-up for skin that has had a long day. Natural ingredients like chamomile and sage soothe, whilst makeup and impurities are removed. The result? A clearer, brighter, more energized complexion.

Darphin Essential Oil Elixirs 8 Flower Nectar

Darphin Essential Oil Elixirs 8 Flower Nectar

$130.05 $150.00 (14% off)

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.

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Institut Esthederm

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.

Institut Esthederm Propolis+ Concentrate Serum

Institut Esthederm Propolis+ Concentrate Serum

$66.30

Introducing a magical serum that is nothing but a household favorite amongst the French. Working to target blemishes and breakouts, this ultra-nourishing formula helps diminish redness while also boosting radiance.

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Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Protective Silky Body Mist

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

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.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

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.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting

$79.00

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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Carly Cochrane

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. 

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