French pharmacies are nothing like the ones you get here. They are a haven for skincare addicts as they are stuffed full of French brands. There are also huge discounts to be made – for example, double packs and jumbo packs of Bioderma micellar water is always a find you’ll make. I wanted to share with you 5 of my favourite French pharmacy skincare brands and some of the fantastic products they make.Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum* – £29 from Cult Beauty
This is such a beautiful, light, milky serum. It contains Caudalie’s famous grape water, of course, along with other hydrating ingredients and potent antioxidants. The humectants Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin attract and lock in moisture to the skin; and grape polyphenols are 62 times more effective an antioxidant than Vitamin C. This serum gets moisture deep into the skin and makes it look plump and healthy. It’s said to increase skin moisture levels by 127%, as well as reducing skin sensitivity by 61%. You definitely feel it’s soothing qualities when you apply it.Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution – £10.80 from Boots
For me, Bioderma micellar waters are the top micellar waters available. I love the sensitive skin red one, and the ultra-hydration blue one. They remove all makeup incredibly well and they are so refreshing and gentle too. Do not go into a French pharmacy without putting some Bioderma micellar water in your basket. Bioderma also do some great moisturisers – particularly for sensitive and irritated skin. Institut Esthederm EVE Cell Regeneration Serum* – £76.95 from Beauty Bay
I have fallen totally in love with this serum. I even included it in my top 2020 skincare product Instagram Guide. It has the thinnest, lightest texture and it aborbs beautifully into the skin, leaving it the softest and plumpest ever! It’s pricey but is 100% worth it, I promise. The serum is designed to have anti-ageing effects by regnerating and strengthening skin tissue. It contains more than 50 ingredients that mimic biochemical processes and offer long-term biological benefits. The obvious hydrating ones are in there – Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin – along with my hero skincare ingredient Niacinamide (to refine pores and improve texture). The rest all help to firm, tighten and smooth the skin and diminish fine lines. This is a really scientifically clever product and my skin is firmer, more hydrated and more refined using this serum.Decléor SPF 30 Aloe Vera Sun Face Fluid – £34 from Decléor
Decleor is a beautifully scented botanical brand. This is a really light SPF that doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or weighed down with product. It absorbs well and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and softened, as well as offering that broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection. It contains soothing aloe vera, as well as anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory Vitamin E (from Sesame Oil). It comes in a handy compact, slimline bottle for handbags or pockets too.Typology Glycolic Acid 10% Exfoliating Serum* – £11.80 from Typology
Typology are a fairly new, minimalist brand that care about sustainability and affordability. They are Vegan and ethical and customers are advised to fill in a questionnaire on their website so that they can be ‘prescribed’ the best range of products for their skin type. This AHA acid serum, I feel, is best used at night. It treats blemishes, tightens pores and exfoliates dead skin cells, revealing the bright, radiant, new skin underneath. It’s 87% natural and you only need a few drops to cover the face as it’s very light and runny. This entire brand looks so chic in old-fashioned medicinal-style bottles. So aesthetically pleasing!
Typology Hydrating Botanical Blend with Papyrus Oil* – £19.80 from Typology
This oil is designed to be a night treatment and works great over the top of the AHA serum above. It will hydrate and regenerate the skin while you sleep. It’s a blend of borage oil (which treats skin inflammation and calms acne), papyrus native cells (to hydrate the skin) and Squalane (to deeply moisturise the skin and fortify the skin barrier). Great for irritated skin or for use over an active with potential skin-irritating properties.
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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