9 French Beauty Products to Buy in Paris
The French and Parisians in particular are famous for their flawless skin, and seemingly effortless beauty looks. Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a reason for this! French women really know how to take care of their skin, and a lot of people in France prioritize a regular skincare and beauty routine. And of course, there are some excellent products out there, helping them to attain that “effortless glow”. Here are the top 9 French beauty products you should buy in Paris.
1. Bioderma – Sensibio Solution Micéllaire Peaux Sensibles
A long and complicated name for a simple product you’ve probably heard of by now. This solution is an absolute must-have if you wear any kind of makeup. Bioderma’s cleansing micellar water is a cult favorite worldwide because of its amazing capability to remove even the toughest makeup and leave skin hydrated. A bottle is sold every second! You can find this in any Parisian pharmacy, and in most beauty shops.
2. La Roche-Posay – Anthelios XL SPF 50+
La Roche-Posay is one of the most loved French skincare brands worldwide, and for good reason. Their Anthelios dry touch gel cream sunscreen is an amazing option if you’re looking for high SPF (this one boasts 50+). It’s this incredible no-shine formula made for sensitive skin. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! This stuff is mattifying, hydrating and provides excellent coverage. It can be found in just about any pharmacy.
3. Embyrolisse – Lait-Crème Concentré
This hydrating cream by Embryolisse can be found backstage at any Paris Fashion show. Models and their makeup artists always have a tube of this stuff on hand. That’s because the cream’s thick texture hydrates skin profoundly, but without being at all greasy. You can use it just about anywhere from cracked elbows to chapped lips. It’s also gentle enough to use on your face! Look for this cream in any Parisian pharmacy or a parapharmacie (part of stores like Monoprix, etc.)
4. Nuxe – Huile Prodigeuse
Another cult classic, this dry oil from Nuxe really lives up to its reputation. Perfect for hydrating your skin after a day at the beach, or simply protect it from the city elements, the huile prodigeuse is multi-functional. It can be used on your face, on your body and even in your hair to give it an extra little glow. This is one of the easiest French beauty products to find in Paris, you can find it at almost any supermarket and of course in pharmacies.
5. Caudalie – Vinoperfect Serum
This serum from the highly-acclaimed French beauty brand Caudalie, is still somewhat of a French beauty secret. And while this serum hasn’t reached cult favorite status yet, there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be there soon. The serum is made from natural ingredients and helps smooth out your complexion, remove dark spots and just overall makes skin look younger and more radiant. An added bonus? It’s oil-free!
So the Vinoperfect serum is suitable for all skin types and can be found in most Parisian pharmacies. Personally, I love the Citypharma, they buy in bulk so the prices there are lower than anywhere else in the city. You’ll just have to come prepared to fight the crowds because this place is popular!
citypharma – 26 rue du four 75006
6. Klorane – Nettle Dry Shampoo
Klorane is a household name in France, known primarily for their line of natural shampoo, conditioner and shower products. But in my opinion, the true star product from Klorane is their dry shampoo. Found in just about any Parisian’s medicine cabinet, this dry shampoo is a lifesaver when you’ve got a busy schedule. It refreshes your hair, and adds a bit of volume without being chalky or drying. And it smells great too! Perhaps the best part is they have a version specially made for dark hair, so you don’t have to worry about it not fitting your hair color. You can buy this at a Parisian pharmacy or online.
7. Caudalie – Lip Conditioner
You may be wondering how a simple lip balm made this list, and that’s a fair question. Caudalie’s lip conditioner isn’t just your average lip balm, and in my opinion, it’s worth every centime of the €6,00 price tag. While in my experience, most lip balms are created equal, Caudalie’s is a step above the rest.
The thick, nourishing formula that doesn’t feel greasy or transfer your lip color. And it’s long-wear so you don’t have to re-apply very often. The weather and pollution in Paris can be tough on lips, especially in the winter, but this is the Parisian girl’s solution. Pick it up at any French pharmacy, or order online from their website.
8. Avène – Eau Thermale Water Spray
Avène is well-known for their products for sensitive skin, and this water spray is no exception. Formulated from mineral-enriched spring water, the spray helps to calm irritated skin, and even helps set makeup (I’ve seen lots of makeup artists using this backstage). This spray also fits the bill if you just want to refresh your face after a workout, or even sightseeing. Again a pharmacy is going to be your best bet for finding this, but most supermarkets stock it as well.
9. A313 – Pommade Retin-A
Perhaps my favorite of all the French beauty products you should buy in Paris is A313. The name and packaging are simple, but the product inside does wonders. Basically, it’s a highly-concentrated vitamin A cream, which is used for everything from minimizing pores and fine lines to treating blemishes and dark spots. Dab a little on your face in the evening before bed, and wake up with flawless French-girl skin. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully, and be sure to double up on the SPF if you use it during the day time since the sunlight/retinol combo can be damaging to the skin. Now this one is a little harder to find, but I know for sure you can find this one at Citypharma, which I mentioned above. Or you can purchase it on their website.