Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

The French pharmacy is known for its miracle skincare products which are ideal for sensitive skin types, and those suffering from redness and inflammation.

Luckily, it’s easy enough to shop some of these products in Australia – but where do you start? Below is a cheat-list of the best products you need from the French pharmacy.

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Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser & Make Up Remover, $29.99

By now, you’ve probably heard us rave about the importance of micellar water for effectively removing makeup. Bioderma was one of the first brands to release a micellar solution for sensitive skin, which is perfect to use on both the face and eyes!

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.99

A hydrating lip product which locks-in moisture, and heals chapped lips overnight. The thick formula is packed with a pleasant honey and fruit fragrance, and won’t irritate sensitive skin and lips.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser, $24.99

A gentle cleanser which acts as a 2-in-1, and carefully removes makeup while keeping skin feeling soft and hydrated. The formula isn’t too drying, and won’t leave your skin feeling tight after each wash.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99

Cleanse, smooth, and refresh your face with thermal water every single day to achieve clear skin. The non-irritating formula aims to neutralise the pH levels in your skin, without causing extra redness or irritation.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $29.99

The best multi-purpose oil with an added golden shimmer to give skin a healthy glow all year-round. Keep this in your bag for a boost of added hydration, or even just a quick touch-up during the summertime.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense, $39.99

Intended for those with couperose-prone, inflamed, just overall sensitive skin, the Rosaliac aims to restore skin back to good health. Apply a pea-sized amount of the product onto the areas that need treatment, then apply your usual moisturiser over the top.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99

Use this hypoallergenic formula for super-sensitive skin after cleansing to lock-in moisture without over-stimulating the skin. The lightweight moisturiser treats dehydrated skin to lots of hydration, which is perfect during the morning or even before bed.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

Avene Cleanance Lotion Toner, $29.99

A gentle-action toner which soothes the skin, while also minimising the appearance of large pores with long-term use. Apply onto the face using a cotton pad, and focus on areas such as the forehead and t-zone after cleansing.

Must-Have French Pharmacy Skincare Products

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December 16, 2014

Skincare Must Have: Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar cleansing water has emerged as an alternative way to remove make up from your face, which is chemical free and available almost anywhere to purchase. French pharmacies have been keeping their lips sealed about it for years, and only makeup artists have recently made it turn mainstream. Although, what is micellar water exactly, and should you adapt the idea of ‘double cleansing’ into your skincare routine?

What is Micellar Water?

Often dubbed as an alternative to makeup removers, cleansers and even toners, micellar water is a quick and easy way to remove any amount of makeup from your face. Micelles are small oil molecules suspended in water, which latch onto makeup and dissolve without causing harm to the face. As a result, micellar water works wonders with any skin type. They don’t contain any chemicals or soaps that could interfere with your skincare routine, and don’t irritate or sting the skin when used.

How do I use Micellar Water?

Micellar Water is most effective when used in conjunction with a flat cotton pad. Simply apply a few drops onto the cotton pad, and gently swipe over the skin, in an upwards motion. Feel free to repeat this step until your makeup has been completely removed. For the eyes, just apply 1-2 drops onto a cotton pad and gently hold over the eye to remove makeup. Do not rub your eyes, as this will cause irritation on the delicate eye area.

Should I ‘double cleanse’?

Double cleansing has been made popular by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge through her informative and in-depth YouTube videos, where she gives tutorials, tips and guidance upon anything beauty and skincare related. In this case, ‘double cleansing’ refers to removing makeup off your face in two steps, to ensure that your skin is free of anything that could clog your pores.

First, gently remove your eye makeup by placing a few drops of micellar water on a cotton pad, and pat on top of the eyes. Repeat the same step for the rest of your face. Next, use a hydrating cleanser that will remove any remaining makeup from your eyes and face. The best way to determine whether double cleansing is right for you, is to take into account your skin type, because you don’t want to be over-treating your skin and stripping out the oil. As with any new product, you will find out what works best with your skin.

Have you ever use micellar water before? Would you ever try it to see how it effectively removes your makeup?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 1, 2014