My french pharmacy must-haves

Don’t you own skincare products that you’ve been repurchasing for so long that they almost become invisible in your collection? Those are the staples, the products you don’t even have to think about because you know they perform. On this note, if you’ve been wondering what to get in a french pharmacy, read on!

French pharmacies are full of great beauty finds (as every skincare addict must know by now). Here, I’m going to talk about the products I’ve been buying for years. With a mix of different categories, I believe there’s something for everyone.

The gentle cleanser

You can’t go wrong with Melvita’s organic gentle cleansing jelly. It’s a perfect AM cleanser and second cleanse for your nighttime routine. As its name suggests, it’s a gentle cleanser and it can be used daily without stripping the skin. It has a gel texture that doesn’t foam much but it doesn’t stop it from working really well and feeling refreshing. Plus, it has a wonderful floral scent. At around 14€/200ml, it provides good value for money, especially since it lasts a long time (even when used twice-daily!).

The non-irritating clay mask

I find it hard to spend a lot of money on clay masks nowadays. I think I’ve been spoiled by my great experience with Cattier’s famous clays. The pink clay mask is an affordable and effective organic mask. It deeply cleanses the skin without being drying thanks to the included shea butter and aloe vera. For this reason, it’s a pleasure to use (and a departure from the harsh clays we’re sometimes used to). The best thing? It costs 4€. Yes, 4€ for a 100 ml tube.

The nourishing lip balm

The Nuxe Rêve de miel ultra-nourishing lip balm is simply the best in its category. This little pot deeply nourishes the lips and make them feel comfortable, smooth and supple. It’s everything we look for in a lip balm. You can read my full review of this excellent product here.

The multi-purpose oil

The Nuxe huile prodigieuse is a great multi-purpose dry oil. It can be used on the body, face and hair. It’s a nourishing treatment made with a mix of plant oils (macadamia, sweet almond, hazelnut, camelia, argan, borage and sunflower). I love to use it on my hair. It also smells divine!

Repairing creams/balms

This is a category where I think French pharmacies excel at. Restorative creams are formulated to soothe and repair sensitive, irritated skins. So they’re particularly useful whenever your skin barrier feels compromised (for example, after having a bad reaction to a skincare product).  I love using the Avène Cicalfate restorative skin cream for healing blemishes. The La Roche Posay Cicaplast balm B5 has a creamier texture and is especially great applied after waxing. And finally, homéoplasmine is a great salve to own, especially during the winter months, as it’s the best to calm down redness and prevent/treat dry patches on the nose during a cold.

So that’s it for my french pharmacy best skincare buys!

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