French skincare is rightly famed for its effective formulas, and French made cosmetics are sold at reassuringly affordable prices in Paris. You can find pretty everywhere cosmetics there (Brand shops, shopping malls, beauty stores…). But for French people the best place to buy them is Pharmacies, where you can get an expertise and useful advices to find the most suitable skincare for you. In this article we will introduce several trendy French skincare and food supplements that can be found in Paris Pharmacies. If you are interested to shop cosmetics in France, have a look at our special offer here.
France is for sure the country where the cosmetic brands per inhabitants rate is the higher in the world. There are new brands created almost every day, it’s not easy to choose one when confronted with this overwhelming variety. We selected 10 products that you could pick up next time you’re in France.
There are from already famous brands, or from new trendy Parisian brands that are not yet famous abroad but very popular in France.
The majority of cosmetics are focused on anti-ageing. One of the best seller of this category is the Iconic Double Serum of the brand Clarins. The serum combines powerful plant extracts to target signs of aging, tighten pores and firm the look of dine lines and wrinkles. It has a pleasant texture and a delicate floral aroma, and it is non comedogenic (suitable for sensitive skins). It can be used twice a day (before putting your cream) and need to be mixed in the palm of the hand before applying.
This relatively new Parisian brand (created in 2010 by two seasoned experts of cosmetics) has quickly became renowned among skincare aficionados for its highly natural and efficient formulas (based on flowers extracts). Condensé offers a great range of innovating treatments for different types of skins.
As far as sensitive skins are concerned, they launched recently an Anti-redness soothing serum (with Belle de Nuit flower extract). The serum helps to decrease the skin irritations and protects the skin again oxidative stress process.
Not all the French brands are Parisian ones, and Caudalie is the emblematic cosmetic brand of Bordeaux. The brand is inspired by wine: the word caudalie itself mean in French a unit measuring the duration of the wine’s flavour on the palate after tasting (1 caudalie = 1 second of aftertaste, great wines usually have more caudalies)
Crème Cachemire is an anti-aging face lifting soft cream that contains vine resveratrol (famous for its anti-aging effects) and micro hyaluronic acids to smooth wrinkles and redensify skin. You can put your cream in the morning, after cleaning your face and applying a Serum to nourish your skin for the day.
Algologie is a niche brand Of Natural Marine skincare from the northwest region of Bretagne. The brands creates innovative formulas based on marine plants and seaweeds. The hydro-matifying purifying gel-cream de l’Archipel treats the problems of combination to oily skin. It helps restore radiance, improve skin texture and tighten the pores. It can be used as a day cream and night cream.
Filorga is one of the best established beauty brands in France and the precursor in the field of Medi-cosmetics. Optim-eyes is the best seller n°1 of the brand in France. This eye contour cream has a multi-correcting effectiveness on dark circles, bags and fine lines. It can be used twice a day (morning and evening). For better result and stronger cooling effect, it is advised to keep it in the fridge.
The brand also launched a complementary product, Optim-eyes Refresh. This travel-friendly eye care stick can be put easily in a handbag. It can be used any time, several times a day for immediate revitalizing action. It’s useful when you feel tired or cannot sleep enough, to reduce the signs of fatigue.
Uriage is a brand which is often recommended by French dermatologists: the brand uses Thermal Water (of the spa town of Uriage-les-Bains, near Alps) which has been used since 200 years for dermatological treatments. Their products are very efficient on sensitive skins, like Bariéderm Cica-cream that soothes, protects and repairs weakened skins. It can be used on face and bodies.
Any beauty routine should end with a sun protection (even in winter and through windows, the UVA affects your skin). La Roche-Posay matting sunscreen will protect even the most sensitive and sun allergic skins. It is an anti-shine, non-oily and non-sticky gel-cream that leaves no white marks.
Usually French people buy they toothpaste in the supermarkets. But when they are searching for more quality and health oriented brands, they usually get them from drugstores. Sensitive professional of the Brand Elmex is focused on sensitive teeth (which are painful when entering in contact with something warm, cold with sugar…).It can be used like a normal toothpaste but for an immediate relief you can apply it directly on the sensitive tooth and massage gently during one minute before brushing your teeth.
France is not only the country of cosmetics, it is also the country of supplements. There are many brands making Made in France supplements with natural vitamins, minerals and plants. It is strongly recommended to seek the advice of a health professional before taking Food supplements: by buying them in Drugstore instead of online, you can get useful advices from pharmacists. Here are some quality supplements that could be useful for you or your relatives.
The first ones are Made by a very innovative French Brand, NHCO. The Brand is specialized in the research on Amino Acids, which are essential to the proper functioning of our organs.Their bestseller Orthosamine can be useful for everyone, as it contains the perfect intake of all the vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids which are vital for well-being and maintenance of good health. One pillbox correspond to a 6 weeks program, that can be renewed 2 or Three times a year according to need.
The brands also develops specific supplements adapted to different needs. The product Artixine is recommended for joint comfort. With age, joint flexibility decreases which brings discomfort and pain. Artixine helps relieving sensitive joints and maintaining bones and connective tissues. One pillbox contains a 3 weeks program but it can be continued as needed.
Their Hair vitality supplements, “Effluvium”, is well known with 20 active ingredients. There are many topical treatments for hairloss but it is often caused by disrupted nutrient input, so supplements can be very efficient. Effluvium stimulates the capillary bulb promoting hair growth, thickness, and strength of hair .One pillbox contains a 10 weeks program
Collagen is a protein that gives the skin its density: as we get older, collagen production naturally diminishes. Perle de Peau shots is a food supplement with a high marine collagen concentration (5 g per vials) and hyaluronic acid, to smooth the skin and reduce wrinkles. On box contain 10 vials for a 10 days program.
The stomach ecosystem plays a major role in our health. When the intestinal microbiota (set of micro-organisms that helps the good functioning of our organs) is unbalanced or weaken it can cause problems of digestion and immunity. Lactibiane contains all the microbiota strains needed to solve intestinal disorders and strengthen the intestinal flora. One pack corresponds to a 30 days program (swallow one capsule per day with a glass of water, before a meal), but it is suggested to continue for two more months (one capsule every two days).
You might ask why it would be better so shop in a Parapharmacie than in a random Beauty Shop? Well, for Perfume or Make up it would not matter much, but as far as skincare and cosmeceutics are concerned, it is always better to have useful advice from professionals. The pharmacist are trained to identify your needs and to suggest the best products according to your skin types, skin disorders…
There are few parapharmacie in Paris that offers such a large range of brands and products as Parapharmacie Monge. You will of course find all the best-sellers of the worldwide famous brands. But Monge also selects and introduce many niche Parisian cosmetic brands that you can hardly find elsewhere. It’s the perfect place to discover innovative and unique brands. Moreover, the parapharmacie Monge is very “tourist friendly” with multilingual staff and the highest tax refund rate in Paris (15% instead of the usual 12%). Moreover, you can get an additional discount thanks to O’bon Paris coupon.
Parapharmacies Monge are also located is central and tourist areas. The first one is located at 78 rue Monge. It is quite easy to access by Metro through line 7. You can get out at Place Monge station, metro gate 1. And if you plan to visit Montmartre, you can shop at Parapharmacie Monge Sacré-Coeur easily, as it is located right in front of the Metro Anvers (line 2 Gate 1). If you have a chance to visit French Riviera, there is also one Parapharmacie in the beautiful city of Cannes: Parapharmacie Cannes Riviera (36 rue d’Antibes).
Authors and photos: O'bon Paris team
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