The French Pharmacy Essentials You Need


French beauty is synonymous with effortless glamour, but it's not high-end designers who make the moisturizers, creams, and toners that Parisians really love. French women turn to their local drugstores to shop for their nourishing, skin-care-focused beauty routines—here are the best products you can snap up online.

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The Go-To Face Washes


The search for the unbeatable makeup remover has ended. Formulated with cucumber extract, this beloved product removes coats of eyeliner, mascara, and foundation. Just pour some on a cotton pad and gently wipe away makeup, dirt, and oil. It also balances the pH of your skin.

Sensibio H20 by Bioderma, $17, birchbox.com.

Made with French thermal-spring water (a common ingredient in French skin-care products), this dual face-and-body wash purifies oily and blemish-prone skin.

Cleanance Cleansing Gel for Face and Body by Avène, $20, birchbox.com.
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The Holy Grail Moisturizer

This milky cream moisturizer (formerly called 24-Hour Miracle Cream) contains shea butter and aloe vera for ultimate hydration. Dry skin is a thing of the past.

Lait-Crème Concentre by Embryolisse, $28, dermstore.com.

The Unbeatable Lip Balms

A favorite of makeup artists worldwide, this ointment can be used to soothe rough or dry skin, but it really shines as a combatant of cracked lips. Smear some on before bed and wake up with baby-soft lips.

Homeoplasmine by Boiron, $7, amazon.com.
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Not a fan of a glossy look? No problem: this honey-based balm goes on matte while leaving lips smooth and plump. It also works wonders on cuticles.

Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm by Nuxe, $15, amazon.com.

The Nourishing Night Treatments

Skin can get dehydrated in dry air (hello, air-conditioned buildings), but that can be fixed by slathering on a rich, noncomedogenic cream at night. Let it all soak in.

Rich Compensating Cream, $35, aveneusa.com.
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For double duty, layer an oil under your night treatment. Caudalie's detox oil blend contains grapeseed, carrot, and rosehip oils to increase cell turnover, so you look even more fresh-faced in the morning.

Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, $52, birchbox.com.

The Spa Waters

Face mists may seem frivolous to some, but this beauty elixir has a devoted following for a reason. Containing grape and rose extracts, essential oils, and orange blossom water, this spray tones, softens, and refreshes skin. Apply it before moisturizer, after setting makeup, and throughout the day for an instant cooling sensation.

Beauty Elixir, $49, caudalie.com.
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Post-workout, instead of splashing your face with water, give it a good spritz instead. This spring water is low in minerals that can irritate skin and cause redness, and it contains ingredients that soften skin.

Thermal Spring Water, $19, amazon.com.

The French love their mineral waters. This clinically tested option from Vichy helps to eliminate dryness and redness. Use it morning and night after cleansing skin.

Mineralizing Therma Spa Water by Vichy, $10, amazon.com.
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