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Fact: French pharmacies sell some of the best and most effective beauty products. Unfortunately, up until a few of years ago, you needed to actually travel to France to get your hands on them—an idea that we can get fully behind, but sadly, one that is not really practical or easily feasible on a regular basis.
Nowadays, though, many online beauty retailers are offering these French skincare essentials and we are finally able to reap the benefits of them all year round.
People with extremely sensitive skin who would normally shop in the baby products aisle (#same) can try out Bioderma’s Sensibio Light line, which is truly a game changer. While the company’s Micellar cleansing water has a huge fan base, we prefer Sensibio Light’s daily moisturizer.
And speaking of a huge fan base, Nuxe’s number one selling huile prodigieuse is now also only a couple of clicks away. This rich spray-on oil nourishes and softens your skin and hair with only one application a day.
Now check out our favorite French pharmacy skincare must-haves that will completely transform your beauty routine.
Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré
Perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin, this multi-purpose ultra-hydrating moisturizer also doubles down as a makeup remover.
To buy: $24, frenchpharmacy.com
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche
It’s easy to see why this hair and body oil has gained a cult following not just in France but also worldwide. It has a lightweight formula, which contains a blend of seven oils: hazelnut, almond, argan, tsubaki, camellia, borage, and macadamia. It’s perfect for very dry skin.
To buy: $36, nuxe.com
Compagnie de Provence White Tea Liquid Marseille Soap
This liquid soap smells absolutely divine and contains Provence-sourced vegetable oils. It’s paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and silicone-free and can be used as a shower gel as well as liquid soap.
To buy: $28, nordstrom.com
Bioderma Sensibio Light Cream
If you have very sensitive skin, this moisturizer will change your life. It’s incredibly lightweight and easily absorbed, and increases your skin’s sensitivity threshold.
To buy: $20, frenchpharmacy.com
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Don’t have time to wash your hair? Try this dry shampoo, which absorbs excess sebum leaving your hair looking clean and voluminous.
To buy: $20, amazon.com
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This is the perfect on-the-go solution for dull skin. A couple of mists are enough to revitalize your skin and provide instant hydration.
To buy: $18, sephora.com
Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray
If your skin is prone to eczema or dermatitis, this gentle spring water will soothe and soften it without irritating. It also reduces itchiness and redness.
To buy: from $9, aveneusa.com
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
Keep one of these soothing balms in your purse for easy and effective solution to minor cuts, chapped lips, cracked skin, and burns. Its main ingredients are moisturizing shea butter and panthenol.
To buy: $15, dermstore.com
PHYTO Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Cream
PHYTO’s Exceptional cream really lives up to its name. Formulated with botanical keratin and baobab oil, it repairs extremely damaged hair and leaves it looking healthy and soft. Use it before styling to protect your strands from heat damage.
To buy: $40, nordstrom.com