Needing little to no introduction whatsoever, is it fair to say bonjour to some of the most iconic names in French beauty? In the global ranks of skin care lies everything from Japanese and Korean to Australian and you guessed it… le (not so) petite household names from the land of great wine, pastries and sought-after formulas.
Like a beacon for your inner Francophile, these must-know brands take your skin care tourism global:
When you say oui oui, we say La Mer 🌟. Laced with luxury, each one of Dr Max Huber’s creations harness the marine power of sea kelp in an effort to enhance your skin’s natural radiance. Infused with an advanced Miracle Broth complex revered for its elasticity-boosting benefits, La Mer’s long line of nourishing creams, glow-reviving treatments and moisture-balancing serums have taken full-time residency in bathroom cabinets everywhere.
Crème de la crème is one thing, but the Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream is a whole other force — and formula — to be reckoned with. Beloved by A-listers, editors and skin care devotees alike, this kelp-infused staple sends a surge of hydration to depleted complexions. Delivering a cell-rejuvenating dose of antioxidants blended with brightening vitamin C, this decadently rich formula soothes and nourishes skin while imparting copious levels of moisture.
Offering a slight change of scenery from the French coast to corner street pharmacies, La Roche Posay’s science-backed staples lean on the soothing nature of Thermal Spring Water to calm sensitised skin. Home to cleansers, moisturisers, serums and more barrier-repairing concoctions, dare we ask: what’s not to love? If there’s one versatile skin saviour that no routine is complete without, it’s the Cicaplast Baume B5 Multi-Purpose Repairing Balm. Wearing several crowns of calm, this non-greasy blend of 5% panthenol, glycerin and amino acids form a hydrating and protective shield over your skin.
Are you happy to be in SISLEY-PARIS? Renowned for pioneering phyto-cosmetology, the brand houses pure and potent formulas that marry science with nature. Taking the Black Rose Cream Mask for example, wipe away dullness to reveal recharged radiance that’s smooth and delicately soft. Only have 20 minutes to get ready? No problem — in just 15 minutes, allow this wash-off mask to usher in cheek-to-cheek luminosity and a collagen-boosted glow. Oh and did we mention its subtle scent too that lets you imagine you’re in an idyllic rose garden somewhere in the sun? C’est bon!
When talking about French brands, we cannot possibly exclude the one and only fresh-from-the-grapevine, Caudalie. Adored for their glow-enhancing technology that encourages plump, supple skin, their vitamin-rich range powered by grape extracts support your complexion at every stage. Bestowing skin with the final, sun-protective touch, the Vinosun Protect Very High Protection Lightweight Cream SPF50+ is the antioxidant-powered shield your morning routine needs. Warding off harmful UVA and UVB rays and pollution, this fragrance-free formula leaves a lasting dewy finish that is calming, soothing and incredibly hydrating.
So, which Francophile are you?