In my experience, many people's skincare journey all starts with moisturizer. It’s the most fundamental part of any regimen, no matter what type of skin you have. I was living in Paris when I started really getting into beauty, and was lucky enough to be introduced to the best French moisturizers by local pharmacists who really knew their stuff. I’ve been using them ever since, and, thanks to Amazon, I can get my favorite, once impossible-to-find products delivered to my front door.
Because of our cultural fascination with French beauty, most people have probably owned, or at least heard of, one French pharmacy staple. From body oils and deodorants to dry shampoo and micellar water, the French do it all right. But, in my opinion, their moisturizers are what consistently stand out as phenomenal. And, judging by the skin on all my French friends' mothers, I’m right to think so.
French beauty brands are some of the oldest in the world (L'Oréal, for example, was founded by a French chemist in 1909), so maybe they produce such amazing products because they’ve had decades of practice to perfect their formulas. Or, maybe it’s the country’s mineral-rich thermal waters that are used in so many of their top-selling face creams. Whatever the reasons, French moisturizers are unfussy, affordable, and often contain much safer ingredients than their US counterparts.
But where to begin? When you’re searching for a product from another country, sometimes things can get complicated or lost in translation. But rest assured that these moisturizers below are straight out the French pharmacy and guaranteed to help you achieve your best skin ever.