MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FRENCH PHARMACIES
It all started with my first excursion in Paris when I was still living in Taipei. I have a few hours to kill near the Gare de Lyon train station before heading back to Switzerland for the remainder of the summer. I wandered into a pharmacy and stumbled upon my first bottle of Caudalie's Divine Oil and mini bottle of Bioderma's micellar water.
Since then, (and fueled by my Amazon membership) my obsession with beauty products from French Pharmacies has become very real. I have rather dry skin, and since moving to New York, every winter has been a constant battle to keep my skin feeling happy + hydrated. I'm currently going through a bit of a minimal make-up stint, and I've found that I can get away with more when I have a good skincare regime going.
One of my go-to brands has been La Roche-Posay. After doing a bit of digging online, I read that they work with dermatologists in their formulations and packaging, and like several other French pharmacy brands put sensitive skin at the center or their lines. Many of their products are based off of the thermal spring water which is full of antioxidants. After trying products at varying price points I always end up reaching for products like La Roche-Posay's hydrating face wash or their multi-purpose skin balm to soothe any dry skin. I also thoroughly enjoy their sunscreen which sits nicely under my makeup on the days I use a bit of a foundation or skin tint.
Others to consider for your arsenal are Avene's Lipid-Replenishing Balm that I like to slather on my body after the shower as well as the cult classic Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré. Embryolisse is allegedly one of Jane Birkin's cream of choice, so naturally I had to get some french-girl-magic on my skin. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but it is fast absorbing and definitely moisturizing.
I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for new things to try! 👀 What are your favorites?
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