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11 Skincare Brands French Girls Never Stray From

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.

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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!

1. Bioderma

To say this brand is beloved would be a massive understatement. If it’s not enough that Jeanne Damas, one of our favourite 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 Water
Bioderma
Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
£11
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Bioderma Sensibio Eye Gel
Bioderma
Sensibio Eye Gel
£15
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2. Nuxe

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.

Best French Skincare Brands: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
Nuxe
Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
£30
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Best French Skincare Brands: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Nuxe
Reve de Miel Lip Balm
£12
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3. Avène

This centuries-old brand is another one you’ll see on just about every list calling out French favourites, 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.

Best French Skincare Brands: Avène Thermal Water Spray
Avène
Thermal Water Spray
£13
£10
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Best French Skincare Brands: Avène Skin Recovery Cream
Avène
Skin Recovery Cream
£18
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4. Darphin

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.

Best French Skincare Brands: Darphin L'Institut Youth Resurfacing Peel
Darphin
L’Institut Youth Resurfacing Peel
£52
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Best French Skincare Brands: Darphin Hydraskin Cooling Hydrating Stick
Darphin
Hydraskin Cooling Hydrating Stick
£26
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5. Caudalie

This Bordeaux-born brand utilises 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.

Best French Skincare Brands: Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Caudalie
Beauty Elixir
£32
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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie
Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
£46
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6. Leonor Greyl

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 our radar, but French women relied on it way before these chic bottles flooded the collective domestic Instagram feed. 

Best French Skincare Brands: Leonor Greyl Hair & Body Oil
Leonor Greyl
Hair & Body Oil
£43
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Best French Skincare Brands: Leonor Greyl Styling Cream
Leonor Greyl
Styling Cream
£28
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7. Embryolisse

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 publicised placements on just about every It girl’s top shelf, this brand is the ultimate in cult-beauty favourites.

Best French Skincare Brands: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
Embryolisse
Lait-Crème Concentré
£20
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Best French Skincare Brands: Embryolisse Eclat Du Regard Radiant Eye Treatment
Embryolisse
Eclat Du Regard Radiant Eye Treatment
£22
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8. Klorane

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 prioritises natural formulas without sacrificing efficacy. 

Best French Skincare Brands: Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches
Klorane
Smoothing and Relaxing Patches
£21
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Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Organic Cornflower for Sensitive Skin
Klorane
Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Organic Cornflower for Sensitive Skin
£10
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9. Guinot

From French spas to vanities across the globe, this chemist-formulated line is all about results. The goal? To offer a more personalised approach to helping all achieve beautiful skin.

Best French Skincare Brands: Guinot Creme Hydra Beaute
Guinot
Creme Hydra Beaute
£50
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Guinot Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Guinot
Vitamin C Brightening Serum
£106
£86
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10. Talika

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!

Best French Skincare Brands: Talika Bio Enzymes Purifying Mask
Talika
Bio Enzymes Purifying Mask
£8
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Best French Skincare Brands: Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser
Talika
Lash Conditioning Cleanser
£17
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11. Vichy

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 utilises Vichy Thermal Spa Water, a mineral-rich substance originating from volcanoes to help all skin look and feel its best.

Best French Skincare Brands: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
Vichy
Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
£20
£15
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Best French Skincare Brands: Vichy Minéral 89 Face Serum With Hyaluronic Acid
Vichy
Minéral 89 Face Serum With Hyaluronic Acid
£25
£19
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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

Up next: I’m 53, but people think I’m in my 30s—here are the products I swear by.

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