The two most prominent brands I've loved from France are La Roche - Posay and Nuxe. After using Nuxe's Reve De Miel lip balm I was blown away and fully understood the hype immediately. It contains Honey, Grapefruit essence and Shea Butter as well as countless other vital ingredients. They're spot with their formula and have been for the last 20 years. As for La Roche - Posay, I don't think I stop raving about this brand at all; the Effaclar range is simply excellent and works so well with my skin, and the coveted toner Serozinc is just as brilliant as everyone says. The one downside though is that it's not available in the UK, so a trip to France has just become even more necessary.
A Nuxe product to keep on your radar the next time you cross borders to France, is the Huile Prodigeuse, a dry face and body oil for any dry, dehydrated skin issues. It contains 6 'Precious Plant oils' and is said to hydrate without a greasy feel. I'm sold!
You may notice that one of my favourite face mists, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, is missing from my collection and thats simple because I've lent it to a friend; and yes I definitely want it back sooner than I said she could return it! But back on topic! Caudalie is another famous French brand that is loved worldwide and as you can imagine their Beauty Elixir is the star that steals the show, but their brand overall is a brilliant range to try.
There's also Embyolisse who produce a 'Lait-Creme Concentre' which is indisputably one of the best moisturisers money can buy. It's not too expensive and is available here in the UK and America, but you can always get it cheaper in it's home of France. Vichy is another brand mentioned with some of Frances greatest and for many reasons; the people behind their fantastic products have an in-depth understanding of our skin and how it works, and therefore produce products that are honed in to deal with our particular skin issues. I'm yet to try a single Vichy product, but visit any French Pharmacy and you're sure to fine their products there.
I can't forget Avene, the all natural, extremely gentle skincare range with a lasting history in the industry. If you ever struggle with sensate skin, Avene has a solution for all skin types. Enough said. Their Thermal Water Spray is one of the bright stars in their range and is said to be 'comforting and refreshing' and can be used as a solution to a variety of skin issues or a make-up setting tool. Utterly brilliant. Last but not least is of course Bioderma. It's famous around the world for Sensibio H20, possibly the best make-up remover out there and I still haven't tried it! Gosh, this is turning into a french pharmacy lust list. This product is definitely one for a France purchase as again you can't get it here. Hence why France is my favourite country. It all makes sense now.
Products and brands mentioned on this post; La Roche Posay, Nuxe, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, Vichy, Avene, Bioderma Sensibio H20.
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