One of my favorite parts of visiting France is checking out les pharmacies and trying new skincare products. As much as I love my Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler , it can sometimes be tough to source in the U.S., so I was hoping to find something moderately priced also with hyaluronic acid that was readily available here as well as Europe.
In Amboise, there was a nicely stocked pharmacie not too far from our hotel. I stopped in when it looked as though they weren’t busy, and asked the woman working there for some recommendations for skin care with hyaluronic acid (in France it’s pronounced “eeh-ah-lur-on-EEK”) other than Eucerin. She thought for a minute and then pulled one of these off the shelf.
There are two formulations, one for dry skin (“Riche”) and one for combination skin (“Legere”). I decided to go with the Riche, as even though my skin isn’t particularly dry, the low humidity here in LA does tend to suck up moisture. And the pharmacist seemed to indicate (delicately) that the richer version would be better for mature skin.
I’ve been using this for the last three weeks as a daytime moisturizer and am very happy with it. It’s priced comparably to the Eucerin, and much more available. The pump packaging means less exposure to air and contaminants. Ulta carries it, as does Dermstore, and Drugstore.com.
While perusing the one pharmacie we found open on May Day, Josephine recommended this high-powered (SPF 50) mineral sunscreen from Skinceuticals. It has a slight tint, so doesn’t create an ashy cast to the skin. My dermatologist also recommends high-SPF barrier sunscreens (titanuim dioxide, zinc oxide) for longer-lasting sun protection. This is a good addition to my sunscreen arsenal.
While not as readily available and a bit higher in price, this Filorga HYDRA-FILLER is another nice product for hydration and the skin plumping that hyaluronic acid provides. I’ve been using as a night cream. I picked this up at “Monop,” along with a Filorga spot correcting serum I haven’t tried yet (and can’t seem to find online).
It’s really a shame that drugstore chains here in the U.S. seem to give skin care short shrift. I don’t know about where you live, but I find that inventory in drugstores near me is limited to a few “major” brands, stock is spotty and often depleted and there is no one in the store who can answer questions about the products. And the products they do offer aren’t that much less expensive than what I can find in French pharmacies (or Boots in the UK, for that matter).
Do you have favorite drugstore brand skin care products? How did you first find them?
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