Since I’ve moved to London, I miss so much going every weekend to the French pharmacy! When I was living in Paris this was like my ritual to go at least once a week at the French pharmacy just to see what’s new and pick few products for face and body. I have always been very obsessed with French Pharmacy skincare products. French pharmacy is for me the ultimate health and beauty destination where you can find a full range of affordable and effective beauty products. I love the fact that most of the French pharmacy skincare products have a minimalist and hypo-allergenic formula and that you’ll always find the right product whatever your skin concern is: anti-aging, hydration, oiliness, radiance, or UV protection.
My skin type is combination, sensitive and dehydrated at the same time. I’m always seeking for very gentle skincare products that hydrate my skin without blocking my pores and causing breakouts. In order to inject a bit of French fabulousness into your skincare routine, I’ve saved you some time and I compiled a list of French beauty products must-haves based on products I’ve tried and that are working really well for my skin type. Most of the skincare products that I’ve listed are quite affordable and good news, they are all coming from Boots 🙂
1. The best face cleansers
Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, 10.50£
Perfect for everyday cleansing, the Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser is super gentle with even the most sensitive skin, it cleanses and removes make-up from the face and the eyes efficiently, and soothes irritated skins. This cleanser is specifically designed for very sensitive skin (fair, thin, prone to redness), or skin which has become sensitized due to climatic conditions, excessive cleansing, drying cosmetic or dermatological treatments. This fluid, oil-free refreshing cleanser leaves the skin perfectly clean and comfortable without drying it. At evening, I apply it with my fingertips to my face and eyelids in a light circular motion, then I just rinse it with tap water.
Avene Thermal Water Spray 150ml, 8.5£
To complete cleansing, I like to use the Avene Thermal Water Spray to soothe my skin. I just spray onto my skin a fine mist, then I gently pat dry. Avene Thermal Water Spray is an essential soothing care for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin. I always have one bottle of Avene Thermal Water at home and I like to use it when I feel my skin dry, dehydrated or sensitive. It can be used for sunburn, nappy rash, various form of skin irritations or after hair removal.
2. The best face exfoliators
Since I’ve discovered the Caudalie Peel Mask, I can’t live without it. For me, Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask is the best exfoliator that I’ve ever used. If you’re looking for a well-formulated, acid-based exfoliator, that gently support the natural process of exfoliation, go for the Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask. This mask is an instant boost radiance formulated for anyone suffering from a dull complexion. It helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin, improves the skin’s texture and tone and helps stimulate the production of new cells and collagen for a youthful glow. Formulated with 85.7% natural origin ingredients. I usually use it twice a week for a better result.
In the case I’m not using a glycolic peel to exfoliate my skin, I like to use a manual exfoliator like the Avene Gentle Exfoliating Gel. Specially formulated with cellulose beads, jojoba wax beads, and Avene Thermal Spring Water, this gentle exfoliator removes dead skin cells and impurities from the surface layer of the skin without aggravating or drying out skin.
A rich cream formulated with two different types of microbeads – one exfoliates, the other purifies. I really like this exfoliator from Clarins as it lifts impurities and dead skin cells and tightens pores as well. This creamy exfoliator enriched with Mimosa Tenuiflora extract has been specially designed for sensitive skin types. It’s the perfect exfoliator for softer, smoother, deeply cleansed skin. Use it once or twice a week to a cleansed face, gently massage using light circular movements and rinse with warm water.
3. The best face moisturizers
Avene Hydrance Optimale Light, 13.50£
I love so much this product. If your skin feels oily and dehydrated at the same time, and even with the best moisturizer, use this product instead. Avene Hydrance Optimale Light is a light hydrating moisturizer for dehydrated sensitive skin that is normal to combination. Enriched with Avene Thermal Spring Water, Meiboserin, and Lipomucine, this hydrating moisturizer instantly soothes, hydrates the most dehydrated and sensitive skin while providing a matte finish. You can use the Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Light in the morning to protect the skin from daily aggressions and help prevent skin aging caused by the sun, and the Avene Hydrance Optimale Light in the evening to a cleansed face and neck.
Vichy Slow Age Anti-Aging Fluid, 22.50£
One of the best anti-aging moisturizer specially designed for normal to combination, acne-prone skin. Vichy Slow Age Anti-Aging Fluid has been specifically designed to protect the skin from daily aggressions and to prevent and correct the damage caused by environmental exposure. After several applications, fine lines appear reduced, complexion looks fresh and skin feels firmer and hydrated. In addition, Vichy Slow Age Anti-Aging Fluid comprises a filter system offering SPF 25 for broad-spectrum daily UV protection, including UVA. Enriched with three main ingredients among antioxidant Baïcalin, probiotic-derived Bifidus, and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, Vichy Slow Age Anti-Aging Fluid is the perfect anti-aging moisturizer for normal/combination skin!
Vichy Idealia Night Cream, 26.50£
My favorite night cream. Idealia Night Cream has been formulated to help the skin renewal process while you’re sleeping. I’ve never had such a beautiful and soft skin in the morning since I’m using this product. Enriched with a complex of Glycyrrhizic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, and Caffeine Idealia Night Cream is instantly absorbed by the skin. In the morning, signs of fatigue appear reduced and the complexion is radiant and fresh. Best night cream, I’ve tested so far.
4. The best eye creams
A hydrating eye cream for sensitive and dehydrated eye contours. I really like this eye cream from La Roche-Posay as it reduces the appearance of under-eye circles and eyelid puffiness instantly. Specifically formulated for sensitive skin prone to dryness, fatigue and fine dehydration lines. Hydraphase Intense Eye Cream is instantly absorbed by the skin, and it leaves skin feeling refreshed and relieved. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, caffeine and high concentrations of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, to intensely rehydrate and reduce the appearance of puffiness. To apply to the eye area in the morning and evening.
One of the best eye cream I’ve tested so far. Multi-Active Eye works to prevent and correct the first signs of aging with Myrothamnus extract which helps to correct and smooth fine lines around the eye area. The formula decreases puffiness and brightens dark circles. This eye cream is instantly absorbed by the skin, and for each application, you do not need to use a lot of product. This light and creamy emulsion calm tightness and visibly reduce fine lines around the eye area. A really good product, and like all Clarins product the smell is amazing!
5. The best face serums
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + is a blemish treatment that corrects skin for clearer skin in 4 weeks. This treatment has been specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin in both adults and teenagers. It’s the perfect anti-blemishes cream to wear under your night cream that minimizes the appearance of spots and blackheads, controls shine and helps protect the skin from the causes of red and brown colored marks that are often left behind by spots. Be careful this specific treatment leaves the skin dehydrated, so be sure after having applied this treatment to apply your favorite night/day moisturizer. I really see the difference after using this product for several weeks, it reduces spots and helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation marks. Active ingredients: Niacinamide, Lipo Hydroxy Acid & Salicylic Acid, Zinc PCA and Procerad.
Clarins Double Serum, 30ml 57£
Clarins Double Serum is the best anti-aging serum I’ve ever used. This anti-aging treatment enriched with 21 plant extracts (including turmeric, known for its exceptional anti-aging properties) uses a hydrolipidic and biomimetic double formula to stimulate the five vital functions: hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration, and protection. I have to say that Clarins Double Serum acts on everything: complexion is radiant, skin is firmer, softer, hydrated and moisturized, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed. This serum works on all skin types even oily, combination and acne-prone skin type like mine. The best multi-tasking serum.