are as famous for their skincare as they are croissants, so whenever we're in
need of a skincare shake-up you'll find us looking to the French for
inspiration. If you're passing through France make sure you pop in to a pharmacy
and check out the treasure trove of skincare for yourself, but luckily for us
most of the bigger brands are now available this side of the channel too.
A product that needs no introduction! The French invented micellar waters and though there are now a million others on the market, we still stockpile this one whenever we’re in Paris.
3) Avène Hydrance Optimale Skin Tone Perfector, £16.50
If you’re someone who suffers with hypersensitivity or allergies, you have to try Avène. Every product in the line contains thermal spring water from the Cevennes Mountains in the South of France, which has uniquely soothing properties. This lightweight tinted moisturiser provides just enough coverage for those no make-up days.
Founded by vineyard owners Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas in 1995, Caudalie is a natural brand built around the skin benefits of the grapevines. This eye cream contains a Micro Hyaluronic Complex to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of even deep-set wrinkles, whilst peptides provide a lifting effect.
You’ll struggle to find a make-up artist who doesn’t have this in their kit. It looks like just your average moisturiser, but it also doubles as a primer, make-up remover, mask and even shaving cream.
6) Klorane Ultra-Gentle Conditioner with Oat Milk, £8.50
Klorane’s natural plant-based haircare products have a loyal following all over the world. The uber-gentle oat milk range in particular is perfect for people who suffer with a sensitive scalp as it doesn’t affect the natural balance.
7) La Roche-Posay Redermic R Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Intensive, £29.50
If wrinkles are your primary concern, the La Roche-Posay Redermic range is perfect. Retinol plays an important role in reversing the aging process and this treatment contains 0.3% pure retinol. The best part? The hypoallergenic and paraben-free formula won’t irritate skin like other brands.
8) Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask, £14
This mask from dermatologist-favourite Vichy has a unique watery jelly texture, which is super cooling (we actually keep ours in the fridge for maximum effect). It can be used up to three times a week to hydrate thirsty skin and as you don’t need to rinse it off, it’s really convenient to use.
9) Phyto Phytokératine Extrême Mask, £36
If your hair is in need of some major TLC after a drastic colour change or severe heat damage, Phyto’s intensive hair masks are perfect. This one contains botanical keratin made up of 18 amino acids, which replicate the hair’s natural keratin and fill in any gaps to strengthen the hair shaft.
This multi award-winning facial oil is 100% natural proving that you don’t need to use harsh chemicals in order to see results. It’s also one of the only face oils we've tried that you can use in the morning as it sits so well under make-up.