Want to look chic and dewy without breaking the beauty budget? These are the high street products French women swear by…

Make space in your suitcase because if you’re heading over to Paris you’ll be irresistibly drawn into the city’s beautiful pharmacies and be tempted by their legendary beauty products. We’ve rounded up some of the most well-loved and well-priced products to look out for (and that thankfully you can buy in the UK once you’re addicted to them!) that give French women glowing skin all year round. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

How French is this… a beauty brand that makes skin products using extracts and bi-products from grapes and vines from vineyards in Bordeaux? Their Vinothérapie range includes the cult product Beauty Elixir, a facial spritz that hydrates, sets make-up and tones all at the same time. Ideal for combatting pollution and too long spent in front of a computer. £12, uk.caudalie.com

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This product is everything we love about French beauty - it’s a hero moisturiser for just £14 that top beauty editors and celebs often say is so much better than high end brands. This cream works all over and is the ultimate multi-tasker, as you can also use it as a make-up remover, primer, and as a mask for a deeper treatment. £14, feelunique.com/p/Embryolisse-Lait-Creme-Concentre-75ml


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 


Another French product that has multiple uses is Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse and it’s ideal for anyone who shies away from oils thinking they’re greasy and messy. You can use this oil on your face, hair, cuticles or body and it’s non-greasy and absorbs really quickly, giving any dry areas an instant glow. It also smells heavenly. £18.50, uk.nuxe.com/huile-prodigieuse-50ml

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

If you don’t use micellar water yet the Bioderma Micellar Water will definitely convert you. It’s designed for even the most sensitive of skin and it removes make-up gently and effectively leaving your skin hydrated. It’s particularly good for people who live in hard water areas, like Paris, and want to avoid the drying effects of this on their face. £15.80, bioderma.co.uk/our-products/sensibio/h2o


Vichy Mineral 89 Serum 


If you’ve got thirsty, dehydrated skin this serum will be a game-changer. It’s described as a glass of water for the face and contains hyaluronic acid to help keep that moisture locked in. It’s particularly good to use over winter to help combat that tight feeling skin gets when the weather turns cold. £35, lookfantastic.com/vichy-mineral-89-hyaluronic-acid-hydration-booster-75ml

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Cream Moisturiser

This classic pharmacy brand is amazing for sensitive skin, so if you usually steer clear of creams because you suffer from redness and tingling then this is the one for you. It works really well under make-up as it’s a light texture that absorbs quickly, but is instantly hydrating. £16.50, laroche-posay.co.uk/en_GB/toleriane-sensitive

Avène Eau Thermale Gentle Milk Cleanser

If you’ve been burning the midnight oil and not looking after your skin as much as you should then this product will sort you out in an instant. The gentle cleanser doesn’t strip your skin but cleanses it softly and leaves it feeling soft and supple. £11.50, boots.com/avene-gentle-milk-cleanser-200ml-10083616

December 02, 2021 — Lucy Robinson

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