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    24 French Pharmacy Products That People Actually Swear By

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    1. Le Petit Marseillais Lait shower cream, an extra gentle and delightfully smelling way to make your bathroom feel like you're on the shores of France.

    Promising review: "I have such sensitive skin and it dries out quickly with showering. This stuff works so well! The scent is nice and light so it's not overpowering for a guy to use and it's a great price. I'd recommend it to anyone with dry, sensitive skin." —James Tillotson

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.32. Available in a variety of scents.

    2. Klorane Dry Shampoo, an aerosol spray made with oat milk for fresh hair, added volume, and soft-to-the-touch texture.

    Promising review: "Best dry shampoo I've used! I have super oily hair and I am able to go three days without washing it when I use this dry shampoo." —Brittany Lane Little

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    3. Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream, a super-rich and nourishing lotion that can be used as a primer, moisturizer, and makeup remover.

    Promising review: "I love this lotion. I recently moved to a Colorado. The altitude + dry weather (and the cold in the winter) was wreaking havoc on my skin. It was peeling and breaking out at the same time. Switching over to this completely saved my skin. A little goes a long way, and it leaves your skin soft and moisturized all day without being oily or greasy. Works better than a lot of more expensive, higher-end creams." —MS

    Get it from Amazon for $20.24.

    4. A313 Vitamin A Pommade, a treatment designed to get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and help firm skin.

    Promising review: "When you buy this cream your regime should be: wash your face and gently pat dry (make sure you face is totally dry as vitamin A will react with water and cause irritation), apply a pea-sized amount on your face or other treated area (do not apply too close to the eyes as the creme will naturally migrate), leave it on for 20 minutes. Use it three times a week, at bedtime. Vitamin A creams are the way forward to fresh, plump complexions, you will see some flaking/peeling but you can gently remove this with a warm clean cloth. Hope this helps! And no, I don't sell it. I just swear by it!" —Mrs Fleabody

    Get it from Amazon for $22.68.

    5. Bioderma Sensibio h20 Micelle Water, a cleansing, makeup removing water perfect for sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I have used a lot of different kinds of makeup removers from the drug store and they have all left my skin oily and my eyes burning. I have also lost a lot of eyelashes to these makeup removers. Bioderma had completely changed my skin and eye makeup removing routine. I no longer lose eyelashes and my skin always feels amazing. If you are looking for something that is soothing to your skin and eyes, and also removes all makeup, then I would buy this product." —Chi1234

    Get it from Amazon for $10.36.

    6. Eau Thermale Avène thermal spray, a watery mist that's been clinically shown to soothe, soften, and calm skin.

    Promising review: "This was recommended to me by my esthetician to help deal with my easily-flushed skin (face and neck). I use the larger can as part of my daily facial care and travel with a smaller one. It works beautifully to cool my skin and to complement my skin care and makeup applications. Love Avène!" —MorningPerson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

    7. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 with shea butter, a multi-purpose balm made to help heal dry and irritated skin on your hands, face, lips, and body.

    Promising review: "Doesn't break me out. Very moisturizing and works well as a night cream. I would not use it under makeup because it is a thicker consistency. I will buy this again." —urstandingonmytoes

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. Caudalie Beauty Elixir, a gentle, rosemary- and mint-infused spray for tightening pores and leaving your skin with an instant glow.

    Promising review: "I always feel like I just came out of a spa when I use this product. My face feels tingly, cool, and rejuvenated. I love the herbal smell, which is not overpowering. When I travel I take it with me for that clean and fresh feeling. It revives me after a long flight." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+. Available in two sizes.

    9. Rene Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray, a light hairspray to help keep your hair in place without any of the crunch or stiffness.

    Promising review: "Best spray I have ever used. Smells good and holds very well — even in my foggy, windy, San Francisco climate." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    10. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen, an antioxidant-rich hydrating sun protection for people with sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "This is the BEST sunscreen ever. I have VERY sensitive skin that burns extremely quickly. I also have permanent sun damage on my neck, which makes it look like I have a fresh sunburn all the time. A good sunscreen is critical for me. I've lived in Florida now for three years and haven't gotten sunburned once thanks to this product. I initially tried it when I moved here because it was rated the #1 sunscreen by several polls (including a big NY Times poll) and I've used it exclusively since." —Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    11. Vichy Normaderm Daily Deep Cleansing Gel, an acne-fighting face wash with salicylic acid that helps purify your skin and unclog pores without causing any dryness or irritation.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin that tends to be extremely dry on the bridge of my nose and cheeks but I get super oily around my nostrils and my forehead is so sensitive that the use of any and every makeup makes me break out. So when this product was purchased for me by my mother I was reluctant to try it. But I figured the damage was already done how much worse could it possibly get? I've tried everything from Murad to Proactive but this product is the best! It's amazingly affordable and gave me super quick results. This has now become my a part of my daily routine for two years and I wouldn't trade it for anything." —Ms. Kantzas

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    12. Caudalie Lip Conditioner, a balm made with grape-derived antioxidants and shea butter to condition lips and repair chapped skin.

    Promising review: "I originally purchased this two years ago at a Pharmacia en France because my lips were so dried out from all the air conditioning, sun, and airplane travel. I've been using it ever since. It's the best for hydrating your lips. Keeps nice in its twist up tube and a little goes a long way. No waxy feel, only smooth creamy moisture and kissable lips!" —Rodney

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    13. L'Occitane shea butter hand cream, a creamy and fast-absorbing balm that'll nourish, protect, and keep your hands totally moisturized.

    Get it from Amazon for $29 or L'Occitane for $29.

    14. Laboratoires Filorga Time-Filler Eyes, a peptide-infused anti-wrinkle cream that'll help give you wider looking eyes and fewer dark circles.

    Promising review: "I was amazingly impressed with this product and highly recommend it. I bought it for dark circles and the hollow effect I started to see under my eyes. I tried other creams and nothing seemed to work. I've been using this cream for about two months and love it. The hollow look filled out and the dark circles are gone. I look and feel younger because my eye area is looking young again. This is an amazing product!!" —Nan

    Get it from Amazon for $59.

    15. PHYTO Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm, a heat-protecting hair serum to help give you a totally frizz-free blowout.

    Promising review: "I have been using this for years. It's not greasy at all, but the biggest plus is that this is one of the few products that doesn't contain any alcohol." —Jina Jusufi

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    16. Klorane Shampoo, a gentle, anti-yellowing cleanser made with Centaury for blonde, gray, or silver hair.

    Promising review: "I'm on my first bottle of this shampoo and I love it! I've gotten compliments from complete strangers. My hair has more body and the little stray hairs that seem to have a mind of their own are behaving. My hair is shiny and looks healthier." —anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    17. Avène Cold Cream Lip Cream, a much-needed source of relief for your super chapped lips. It has a hypoallergenic formula featuring vitamin E and shea butter for up to eight hours of staying power.

    Promising review: "I use this every single night and what a difference it makes in keeping my lips soft and smooth. It absorbs and lasts all night. Can't imagine going without it, especially since I'd have dry lips otherwise." —MB

    Get it from Dermstore for $16 or from Walmart for $12.37.

    18. Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and MakeUp Removing Gel, a soap-free cleanser that leaves your skin totally fresh with just one step.

    Promising review: "This is the best facial cleanser for someone with sensitive and mostly dry skin. It was hard to find it in the US. It's a great product from a great brand that I know will not irritate my skin." —A delighted beauty lover

    Get it from Jet for $21.50 or from Bath & Unwind for $18.99.

    19. Vichy Mineral Infused Peel, an exfoliating face mask made with volcanic rocks and AHA fruit acids to leave your skin glowing.

    It's a quick five-minute mask that'll leave your skin feeling soft, refreshed, and with a perfect glow. My mom loves it so much she once bought three jars at a Parisian pharmacy — even though she could have easily bought it on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I really like this refreshing and cooling mask. It left my mature skin hydrated and firm. It calms any redness and minimizes pores. If you are going out and want your skin to look flawless, just cleanse your face gently but thoroughly, apply this mask to your face and throat, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse well with lukewarm water, and finish off by splashing some cool water on your skin. Your skin will look perfect because of this." —Texas Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    20. La Roche-Posay Effaclar face wash, a foaming cleanser to help clean and freshen oily skin without totally over drying.

    Promising review: "This is the best face wash I have ever used. I deal with cystic acne and have combination skin that is extremely sensitive. This is super easy on the skin and doesn't cause any irritation. For the first time in 15 years my face was clearing up and my scars were starting to disappear. I tried to switch to a different face wash after finishing this and already have three new pimples. I will never betray La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel again!" —mary m.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    21. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum, a mild concentrate designed with a patented technology that helps retrain your skin to self-moisturize.

    Promising review: "The best serum for dry skin. My daughter's skin is dry and this is the only thing that helps with her dry spots. It also doesn't contain any parabens and other yucky ingredients." —mih13

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    22. Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion, a vitamin E–infused hydrating cream to give baby and mom the softest skin possible.

    Promising review: "I had heard someone on TV talk about what a wonderful scent this had and how good their baby smells. I thought I would give it a try. I absolutely love it. It gives my skin a nice silky glow and holds in the moisture. It has such a nice light scent as well. I’m not sure why they only market this to babies because everyone I have told loves it as well." —Debnovo

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    23. Cicabiafine Intense Repair Hands Cream, a lotion that helps heal dry hands and leave you with that super soft touch.

    Promising Review: "I first picked this up at a pharmacy in Paris. I immediately loved the smell (not overpowering but really nice). I can't stand products that have too much perfume or long-lingering scents. It's such a nice consistency, soaks in quickly, doesn't have a greasy feeling. It really keeps my hands soft and nice looking all day. I've even got my mother-in-law hooked on this!" —Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.04.

    24. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Or Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, a nourishing solution made with borage, St. John's wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia to help give your face, body, and hair a perfectly golden shimmer.

    Promising Review: "I can’t get enough of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, and especially this variety. The golden shimmer is perfect to highlight skin or accentuate a tan. The product itself both softens skin and hydrates it. Ideal for summer or winter with no irritating orange or brown streaks on clothing or skin. A soft golden shimmer effect, rather than 'disco sparkle'. Just gorgeous." — customer

    Get it from Jet for $34 or from Beauty Expert for $29.

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