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On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products
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On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products
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After years of attentive observation in my continuous quest for a natural, effortless Parisian look, I’ve come to realise everything starts with skincare. From make-up artists to international models, there is a place no one fails to stop by while in Paris: La Pharmacie. French pharmacies are brimming with affordable, effective skincare products. Believe me, once you try them, you will not use anything else.

Here are my favourite French pharmacy beauty products, along with two addresses in Paris where you can find a great selection of them.

On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avène Eau Thermale Water Spray

This mineral-rich water is great to set your makeup in the morning. It offers protection from UV damage, being high in zinc, copper and selenium. It also decreases inflammation, soothes skin and keeps you looking and feeling ultra fresh.

On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté

Leonor Greyl's nourishing blend of natural oils, including sunflower, sweet almond and apricot kernel oil, is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins E and A that features a lightweight, silky texture that absorbs quickly to restore softness and vitality to parched skin and tresses without leaving a greasy residue.

Use as a detangling styling tool or pre-shampoo treatment to leave hair soft and impossibly shiny, and as an emollient blend to repair and revitalize skin.

On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products
@ohuprettythings
On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products
Clémence Poésy
On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avène Cicalfate Restorative Cream

Avène's Cicalfate Restorative Cream restores fragile, damaged, or burnt skin. The combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate reduces the risk of bacterial proliferation and helps reduce the appearance of scarring.

On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate

Created by a Parisian dermatologist, this formula of natural ingredients, including shea butter, soya protein, aloe vera and beeswax, can be used even for the most sensitive skin as a day cream or even as a makeup remover.

On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Sanoflore Miel Aux Mille Vertus Repairing & Soothing Balm

Sanoflore's Miel Aux Mille Vertus Repairing & Soothing Balm has a high concentration of natural glycerol and linden honey to soothe areas of the face suffering from dryness, redness, etc. caused by the sun, the air pollution, or cold weather, leaving skin visibly soothed, hydrated and rejuvenated. A true beauty secret that heals and beautifies the skin, leaving a matte, powdery finish.

On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products
@louisefollain
On Beauty: Our Favourite French Pharmacy Skincare Products
@violetgrey

And here are two (not so secret anymore) addresses where you can find a great selection of the products mentioned above, as well as others:


CityPharma, at the corner of Rue du Four and Rue Bonaparte in Saint-Germain-des-Près, is known as “the world’s biggest,” for its impressive selection, and highly unusual discounted prices.


Pharmacie du RER , at La Défense Station, Metro 1

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Daniela Chelariu, Travel Editor, Paris
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Dana is a fragile dreamer, they say, arriving in Paris four years ago, for love, and the city has been constantly changing her life since then. Hers is a world of books, (Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Anne Berest), expos, long walks sur les quais de Seine, pink skies, fine wine and peonies.
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