As soon as we land in France, I begin keeping an eye out for those green cross neon signs that mark the spot of one of my favorite shopping destinations: la pharmacie. French women are serious about skin care, and I’ve found the staff at these pharmacies to be very knowledgeable and up-to-date on products and which best address particular concerns.
I love perusing the shelves and products. There’s always something new to discover, and I try to save some room in my luggage to stock up on favorite skincare and beauty products that may not be available back home. But lately, I’ve found that to be less of an issue, as many of my favorite French “drugstore” products are now available online.
- I first tried this moisturizer from Filorga a couple of years ago, on the recommendation of an aunt’s sister, who works in a pharmacie in Paris. I like it as well if not better than the Eucerin Hyaluron, and now that Nordstrom is carrying this line, it’s easier to get. It has hyaluronic acid which plumps the skin and helps keep it hydrated. The texture is lighter than the Eucerin, and it absorbs well.
- Skinceuticals C E Ferulic is considered the “gold standard” of anti-oxidant serums. It’s pricey, yes, but that little bottle lasts for months. As an alternative, you can also try the Auriga Flavo-C which I’ve used for the Vitamin C to try to keep my brown spots at bay. Vitamin C is also supposed to help stimulate collagen, which boosts firmness and elasticity.
- This is the eye cream that brought me back around to using eye creams. It’s very moisturizing, but not at all greasy. Absorbs quickly and doesn’t interfere with makeup, but doesn’t do a vanishing act after a few hours either.
- I’ve been using Bioderma micellar water as a makeup remover for a few years now, and still love it. I use with large cotton pads, but have been thinking about trying these reusable cotton face rounds as a more environmentally friendly alternative.
- After removing makeup, I wash with this gentle cleansing milk. I love the subtle rose fragrance! It’s non-drying and works well used in conjunction with my Clarisonic, or just with a washcloth or hands.
- Once a week or if my skin is just feeling a little tight and dry, I use this hydrating mask. It can also be left on overnight.
I’d like to thank my lovely friend Tish Jett, who first turned me on to the micellar water, vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid moisturizer and moisture mask. If you haven’t yet read her fantastic book, “Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets For Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance,” it contains a wealth of skin care information, all well-researched and delightfully presented.
Do you have a favorite drugstore beauty product, or one that you’ve discovered while traveling?