For years I have been raving about my admiration for French skincare (hello Guinot, Ella Bache, Clarins, Chanel, the list can go on) so when I got the opportunity to visit Paris last month, I knew I had to pay their local pharmacy a visit. I have to say I am possibly more excited to step into a French pharmacy than a Sephora in Paris yes there I said it!
To be honest, I was a little disoriented that most if not all of their skincare product packaging had no English translation on it. Hence making it harder for me to browse around. So if you want to ensure you don’t miss out on anything, be sure to do your research and hand over your wish list to any helpful English speaking SA and she should be able to sort you out. Alternatively, go with the flow and ask for bestselling items and load them in your cart and I am so glad I did the latter.
Another thing I’ve noted that is most products comes in JUMBO sizes, we’re talking about McDonalds large coke sizes, pretty hard to haul it back considering I have 23,493,825 other things on my shopping list in Paris (mostly shoes, clothes, bags). I have noticed quite a few brands seem to have skin care products in glass packaging, I swear I could almost hear my luggage wail. Also, I barely see any make up products in French pharmacy, for make up you will have to head to Sephora.
When visiting Paris you must head into any pharmacy and stock up on my top 5 recommendations that will suit EVERYONE:
Bioderma Crealine H20 – After trying Claudalie’s Cleansing Water, I am happy to report that Bioderma leaves skin way more comfortable and definitely cleanses the face better. This is heavily used and swear by makeup artists around the world.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil – Their flagship product nourishes, repairs and softens skin. Good for face, body and hair. I use this religiously on my hair.
Caudalie Eau de Beauté – I use this as my refreshing toner, as a hydrating spritz, as something to wet my skin prior to skincare routine, over makeup, everything! You will thank this while you’re travelling. At one point, I kissed the bottle.
La Roche-Posay Mela-D Re-Unifying Anti-Brown Spot Daily Skincare SPF15 – Woah, what a mouthful! This was recommended by the SA in the pharmacy when I asked for brightening skincare. This is your equivalent of brightening day moisturiser. Comes in a small tube and surprisingly only has UVA protection. Good for even the eye area. Doesn’t rub into shreds under make up and sits on skin brilliantly.
Caudalie Vinosource Crème Sorbet Desalterante – Aka a Sorbet Cream designed for sensitive and dehydrated skin. You will need this if you are travelling heaps, you will also love this because it comes with a nice comforting scent.
For dry skin you cannot go past Uriage especially the Aqua Precis range
For sensitive skin go for La Roche-Posay they are gentle enough for post-op skincare as well. Their sunscreens are a must-have to stock up.
For oily combination skin, attack Bioderma Sebium range on the shelves.
For brightening skincare, go Caudalie VinoPerfect range. They are their latest collection and gosh, their skincare products have this distinctive scent that is quite irresistible. Making skincare routine something I look forward to.