The French Skincare Brands to Add to Your Routine
French beauty has always had a certain allure. It has that fuss-free, effortless chic that says ‘I woke up like this’ quite unlike anything else – and has the rest of the world coveting a piece of the French beauty pie. The secret? It all starts with the skin. French pharmacies have long been renowned for their carefully curated stock of high-performing yet low maintenance skincare products that are recommended by dermatologists, and give their users that elusive glow.
For those of us outside France, we’ll settle with buying the best French skincare online and creating a corner of a Parisian pharmacy in our very own homes. Find our favourites below.
Cebelia is a French derma-aesthetic skincare brand, with products designed and tested with the medical community. As well as daily use, Cebelia products are suitable for pre- and post-medical aesthetic treatments, and are aimed at helping to prevent and slow down the ageing process through the intense stimulation of skin's natural repair mechanisms.
Shop our top picks from Cebelia:
This multi-use balm works to repair skin, minimise swelling and reduce bruising, making it ideal for use after surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. It can also be used to treat chapped lips, cracked or irritated areas of skin, and bumps or knocks.
This non-greasy, non-sticky serum helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and brighten dull complexions. Dark spots and spots from scarring or light therapy medications are reduced after one month of regular application, with optimal results seen after three months of use. Apply after cleansing and always follow with SPF 50 sunscreen.
CODAGE was developed by brother-sister duo Julien and Amedine Azencott in 2010. Inspired by the traditional apothecaries that first gave French beauty its legendary status, CODAGE creates effective products using high quality ingredients and precise formulas that adapt to each individual’s skin’s needs.
Shop our top picks from CODAGE:
This highly concentrated body milk contains Hyaluronic Acid, shea butter and baobab oil to plump, hydrate and nourish dry and dehydrated skin. Apply to clean and exfoliated skin to get the most out of it – the active ingredients can penetrate further when dry patches of dead skin cells have already been eliminated.
This serum contains low and high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, which increases skin’s ability to retain moisture. The addition of a powerful blend of antioxidants including DNA protector tripeptide and green microalgae helps to prevent skin sensitivity and redness as well as strengthening skin’s natural defences against damaging environmental pollutants. Use morning and/or evening after cleansing.
Estime & Sens
Estime & Sens is an organic French skincare brand created by aesthetician Yann Maurel-Loré, with a focus on respecting nature and the user. The brand works with pioneering French laboratories to create high-performing products, using locally sourced ingredients where possible.
Shop our top picks from Estime & Sens:
This hydrating tonic removes impurities and unclogs pores without irritating your skin. It is the ideal skin care product to recover, clean and maintain healthier skin. Shea Butter offers suppleness and comfort, ideal for even the most sensitive skin.
For use on the face and the eyes, this organic serum contains hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and argan and jojoba oil to tone and plump skin from the inside. Use day and night after cleansing for best results.
A brand that almost needs no introduction, La Roche-Posay has been one of French pharmacies’ greatest exports since the 1970s. It has foundations deeply rooted in dermatological heritage, with products developed according to a very strict formulation approval to ensure safety and efficacy. What’s more, the brand is committed to delivering the best products for sensitive skin that have been tested and recommended by dermatologists around the world.
Shop our top picks from La Roche-Posay:
This high protection sunscreen is formulated to prevent pigmentation and contains a subtle tint to instantly unify skin. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Pigmentation SPF 50+ Tinted Cream delivers broad-spectrum UV protection of SPF 50+ to protect against sun-induced melanin.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Cream is an overnight moisturiser specifically formulated for sensitive, reactive skin prone to dryness, tightness, redness, itchiness or burning. This is perfectly suited for those prone to allergic reactions.
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Written by Angharad Jones