23 September, 2014 Top Six: French Pharmacy Favourites
Bonjour mes amis! French Pharmacy products are a huge weakness for me. The French are known for their incredibly well-stocked pharmacies bursting with skincare, bodycare and haircare goodies, and their brands combine affordable price points with scientifically proven formulas and ingredients. This Top Six post features a couple of products that I love to use and often repurchase from brands including NUXE, La Roche-Posay, Klorane, Avene and Embryolisse. Some products have been mentioned before in other posts, and I’ll pop a link to those posts during each description.
For cleansing, I really enjoy using the NUXE Aroma-Perfection Cleansing Gel. This is a clarifying, sebum-reducing product that works to rid the skin of impurities and refresh and purify the skin without stripping it of moisture. It doesn’t contain soap or any harsh properties that could dry out the skin, but it does contain mild surfactants which create a slight foaming effect. I like to use this with a Clarisonic to ensure a deep and thorough cleanse. I mentioned this cleanser in my Evening Skincare Routine post which you can read here, and you can buy the product here for £14.
Next up is a moisturiser from NUXE’s Aroma-Perfection line, the Anti-Imperfection Care Cream. This is a light, gel-textured moisturiser that works to hydrate the skin and keep it shine-free at the same time. It’s the perfect base for makeup and I find it keeps my skin nourished all day without making my skin oily or greasy. At £18.50 I would recommend purchasing this during a sale on the Escentual website, but it’s definitely one to pick up if you have oily or combination skin. Buy here.
I love a good toner, and La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc has quickly become my toner of choice for both morning and night because of how easy it is to use, and how fast you see positive results. This is a Zinc-Sulphate toner in an aerosol can that works to calm skin, reduce redness, sunburn and other skin reactions, and also mildly sterilize and cleanse the skin of bacteria from imperfections. When I have a spot, I’ll cleanse as normal and then spray on a little of this – it soothes my skin and stops the blemish from spreading, and keeps dirt and other nastiness at bay. I’ve also noticed it helps with my ridiculously large pores. This is basically a miracle in an aerosol. You can’t currently buy Serozinc in the UK but you can buy it from independent retailers on Amazon who will ship to England. I bought mine here for £10.50.
A product I always use when I’ve had too much sun exposure, or have been overdoing it with the clay face masks, is Avene’s Skin Recovery Cream. This product specifically targets skin types that have undergone drying and stripping treatments, have suffered reactions to harsh air conditioning and heating systems, and any other conditions that can stress out your skin. It’s a really light yet hydrating cream that works brilliantly as an overnight treatment to restore moisture to the skin and leave it feeling comfortable and supple. A must-have for any post-sunbathing skincare regime. Buy here for £10.60.
I mentioned the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre in my blog post about my favourite makeup removers (read here) but I’m talking about it now due to its other many talents. Not only does this remove even waterproof eye makeup, this can be used as a primer, a moisturiser, an after-sun for the face and body, a cuticle softener, and an intensive face mask. This is such a wonderful, useful product and I always have a bottle in my bathroom in case of a makeup or beauty emergency. On dry skin this works so well as a primer, and retains moisture without loading the skin with excessive oil. It takes a while to absorb into the skin but once it does, you’re left with a dewey glow that looks sheeny and beautiful. Buy here – £20 for 75ml and £13 for 30ml.
My last French Pharmacy favourite is a haircare product from Klorane. This brand is known for affordable shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are natural, gentle and incredibly effective. The Chamomile Brightening Cream Conditioner For Blonde Hair is a lightweight product that doesn’t weigh my hair down, and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. I have cool-toned brown lowlights and bleach highlights so I always find it hard to find a product that won’t make my colour turn a weird shade of green, and because this is suitable for all shades of blonde from honey to platinum, it does a brilliant job of retaining and protecting my colour. Klorane conditioners are £5.50 which I think is just bananas, and they do other products with other scents as well, including Peony, Pomegranate and Mango. Buy here.
Escentual stock the majority of these brands and they have occasional 20%, 25% and 30% discounts on French Pharmacy (probably once every few months). I’d definitely have a look on their site as they have some awesome products in stock. I hope you liked this collection of my favourites, please let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any, or if you have any recommendations!
Au Revoir! Jess, X