At this point, there's just no resisting the allure of French beauty. We're not the only ones totally obsessed with the effortlessly chic vibe French women emit, but we've spent years (seriously) dissecting every facet of the French way of life. When it comes to skincare, in particular, we've noticed that a less-is-more approach seems to be the secret to achieving a peak French vibe.
Gone are the days of having to physically visit France to load up on all the beauty goods known to be in heavy rotation on French girls' vanities. I mean, that wouldn't be the worst thing, but thanks to a whole lot of Instagram stalking and some heavy online shopping, we've tracked down the 11 skincare brands French women love the most and exactly where you can shop them from the comfort of your own home. Read on to get the scoop!
To say this brand is beloved would be a massive understatement. If it's not enough that Jeanne Damas, one of our favorite French influencers, called out the brand's Sensibio Micellar Water as one of her go-to products, there are infinitely more famous fans who have done the same.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water ($23)
Bioderma Sensibio Moisturizing Eye Contour Gel Cream ($20)
This French pharmacy brand counts loads of influential Parisians as fans, including makeup artist Salima Aliani. Its most notable product, Huile Prodigieuse, is a multipurpose dry oil that, right in line with French skincare values, provides supple moisture for the face, body, and hair.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($54)
Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm ($16)
This centuries-old brand is another one you'll see on just about every list calling out French favorites, cult-beauty must-haves, and so on. Cool-girl Scheena Donia has raved about the brand's thermal water to her 50,000 Instagram followers, and she's not the only one.
Avène Thermal Spring Water ($19)
Avène Skin Recovery Cream ($35)
This brand dates all the way back to the age of Marie Antoinette, whose use of rare botanicals and essential oils in her skincare helped shape the way the French approached caring for their skin.
Darphin L'Institut Youth Resurfacing Peel ($95)
Darphin Hydraskin Cooling Hydrating Stick ($25)
This Bordeaux-born brand utilizes antioxidant-rich grape-seed polyphenols in its range of cult-beauty products. It's no surprise that the three products it first brought to market are still available today. They're just that good.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($49)
Caudalie Premier Cru Anti-aging Serum ($150)
This isn't exactly a skincare line, but no conversation about French beauty buys would be complete with mentioning the now-iconic haircare range. This is definitely one of the buzzier brands to hit Americans' radar, but French women relied on it way before these chic bottles flooded the collective domestic Instagram feed.
Leonor Greyl Hair & Body Oil ($70)
Leonor Greyl Styling Cream ($46)
If you've ever found yourself in the chair of a professional makeup artist, this brand's famous Lait-Crème is something you've likely seen before. From French women's vanities to highly publicized placements on just about every It girl's top shelf, this brand is the ultimate in cult-beauty favorites.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré ($28)
Embryolisse Eclat Du Regard Radiant Eye Treatment ($45)
If you're looking for clean, Earth-friendly products that actually get the job done, look no further than Klorane. It's the perfect embodiment of the French beauty philosophy in that it prioritizes natural formulas without sacrificing efficacy.
Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches ($24)
Klorane Make-Up Remover Wate ($24)
From French spas to vanities across the globe, this chemist-formulated line is all about results. The goal? To offer a more personalized approach to helping all achieve beautiful skin.
Guinot Creme Hydra Beaute ($54)
Guinot Newhite Vitamin C Brightening Serum ($90)
This brand's origins in medical eye care during World War II–era France have influenced its present-day reputation as a go-to eyecare brand among French women. Your eyes, eyelashes, and eyebrows will thank you for getting acquainted with it!
Talika Bio Enzymes Purifying Mask ($8)
Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser ($27)
This science-backed dermo-cosmetics line was developed in France in the 1930s, and it's a go-to for French women to this day. It utilizes Vichy Thermal Spa Water, a mineral-rich substance originating from volcanoes to help all skin look and feel its best.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream ($31)
Vichy Minéral 89 Face Serum With Hyaluronic Acid ($20)
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