Best cosmetics and skincare to buy in Paris (2022 update)

Cult French beauty products, food supplements and others tips to shop in Paris Pharmacies - drugstores


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 expertise and useful advice 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: we have selected some of the best and most trendy products in 2022, and that are complementary one with another (cleansing, serum, cream, sunscreen, lipstick, hair products, etc...). If you are interested to shop for cosmetics in France, have a look at our special offer here.


Famous and Niche French brands: introducing beauty products and cosmetics Parisians love the most

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 some products that you could pick up next time you’re in France.

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There are already famous brands, or new trendy Parisian brands that are not yet famous abroad but very popular in France.


La Roche-Posay: Thermal Water

Eau Thermale La Roche-Posay

This soothing face mist for sensitive skin gently refreshes and tones the skin. Sourced in La Roche-Posay, France, this thermal spring water is naturally rich in minerals with scientifically demonstrated soothing and antioxidant properties. You can use thermal spring water mists as a skin refresher, they are great for soothing irritated skin and they can also be used to set your make-up (You can also spray a bit on a makeup sponge and pat it over your face to ensure even coverage).


Nuxe: Huile Prodigieuse

Huile Prodigieuse is a very famous Multi-Usage Dry Oil Spray. This luxurious oil nourishes, repairs, and softens both your skin and hair.

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How to use it?

The Nuxe Oil is a great alternative to use as a moisturizer. Not only does it hydrate your skin but it is packed with tons of rich nutrients to help revitalize your complexion. But you can use it in many ways: as hair oil, body lotion, massage oil, shaving oil...


NYM: Fundamental skincare oil

NYM is a natural French brand using as the main active ingredients oil from the leaves of Neems, used for thousands of years in Indian traditional medicine. The fundamental oil contains 2% of Neem leaves active extracts. This multipurpose oil hydrates soothes and regenerates the skin, it also helps to cure specific skin issues such as stretch marks, dryness, rednesses, imperfections... The formula is made of 99,6% ingredients of natural origin.

NYM fundamental skincare oil

How to use it?

Put a few drops in the palm of your hand, and apply to a cleansed face (targeting areas in need of correcting) in smoothing strokes until penetration. You can also apply it to body and scalp, through a soft massage.


Nescens: Cleanser

Nescens is an high and anti-aging cosmeceutical brand from Switzerland. Nescens Cleanser contains an ultra-efficient cleaning agent system designed to detoxify the skin by removing impurities and dead cells which are not cleansed by regular cleansers. It also protects the skin’s natural hydrolipidic balance. The skin regains luminosity, and softness, and is invigorated.

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How to use it?

It can be used morning and night, to prepare the skin for your skincare routine. Press the pump 4 times to release the appropriate amount of Cleansing Gel, apply it with light circular motions, and rinse it before patting the skin dry.


VICHY: Mineral 89

Before applying a Serum and cream, the beauty experts advise using a booster to target specific skin concerns and to multiply the effects of the Serum you will use after. Many great French cosmetic brands develop their booster. it’s the case of Vichy, with Mineral 89 which is mainly made of Vichy mineral water and hyaluronic acid. It has a plumping, smoothing, and moisturizing effect on the skin.

Vichy Mineral 89 french cosmetics

How to use it?

Dispense two pumps per application before dotting it on the forehead, cheeks, and chin and using your hands to smooth across the face.


Caudalie: Vinoperfect Serum

Serums are a great tool for treating specific skin concerns. They penetrate deeper into the skin layers and deliver powerful ingredients directly to the skin. Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum is suitable for all skin types and works to reduce the appearance of dark spots and signs of skin damage (including acne marks, age-related dark spots, pregnancy marks…). It also fights dullness and bolsters the complexion’s radiance.

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How to use it?

You can apply a few drops of the serum both morning and evening after cleansing your skin, on face neck and décolleté (avoid the eye contour area). Leave to absorb before applying your cream.


La Roche Posay: Hyalu B5 Serum

This Serum is anti-aging and ultra-hydrating by combining concentrated pure hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for optimal effectiveness while also being suitable for sensitive skin. The serum helps repair skin by replenishing the natural moisture barrier, and the serum texture leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated.

La Roche Posay French skincare Hyalu B5 Serum

How to use it?

Fill the dropper with serum and apply 3-4 drops in the morning and/or evening on face and neck. It can be used alone or under a moisturizer.


 Uriage: Sérum Bariederm Cica-daily

Uriage is a brand that is often recommended by French dermatologists: the brand uses Thermal Water (of the spa town of Uriage-les-Bains, near the Alps) which has been used for 200 years for dermatological treatments. Their products are very efficient on sensitive skins. Bariederm Cica-daily high tolerance dermatological Serum strengthens, protects, and repairs damaged and fragilized skin. It is particularly recommended in case of dull complexion, discomfort, signs of fatigue, fine lines, small visible imperfections, or light redness.

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How to use it?

Unscrew the lid and press the top of the white stop down before releasing it to fill up the pipette. Use the pipette to apply to the fingertips or directly to the skin, in the morning and the evening. Massage into a perfectly cleansed, dry complexion.


Bioderma: Hydrabio Serum

Bioderma is a cult brand loved around the world and specialized in non-comedogenic products. Hydrabio light-weight serum provides dehydrated and sensitive skins with instant and lasting hydration. Hydrabio Serum increases moisture in your skin up to 57% within 15 minutes only. It also helps to visibly smooth skin.

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum

How to use it?

Apply Hydrabio Sérum on your face and neck, after cleansing and toning. Gently massage until fully absorbed.


Avène: Soothing radiance mask (masque apaisant éclat)

Eau Thermale Avène is famous worldwide for its Thermal Spring Water Spray, from the southern France town of Avène, where thermal waters with strong therapeutic properties were first discovered there in the early 18th century. Their Soothing radiance mask is an intense recharge for tired, sensitive skin, rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water and hydro-nutritive active ingredients. It reveals the skin's natural beauty, by soothing, nourishing, and hydrating it.

Avene soothing radiance mask

How to use it?

Once or twice a week, apply a thick layer of the Soothing Radiance Mask to your face and neck. Leave it to work for 10-15 minutes. It's a no-rinse mask, but if necessary, remove any excess product using a cotton pad or massage it in.


Algologie: Crème des vagues

Algologie is a natural, marine-based skincare made in Brittany (north-west France). Crème des vagues is a light, velvety cream that melts into the skin and refreshes it instantly. The skin is replenished and lastingly moisturized throughout the day, it looks soft and radiant.

Algologie crème des vagues french skincare

How to use it?

Apply morning and evening to face, neck and décolleté (avoid contact with eyes), after your Sérum.


Condensé Paris: Smoothing eye Serum (soin lissant contour des yeux)

The eyes contour is a very specific area of your face. Most of the cosmetic products cannot be used near the eyes because they can cause irritations. That’s why it’s always better to use specific products. "Smoothing eye serum" of the brand Condensé Paris reduces dark circles and under-eye bags. It is also an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle eye contour care. It has a light and velvety texture.

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How to use it?

Apply morning and evening around the eyes. For better results and a stronger cooling effect, it is advised to keep it in the fridge. 


Roger & Gallet: Fragrant Wellbeing Water Spray, Fig Blossom (Fleur de Figuier)

Roger & Gallet is a very famous French perfume company founded in 1862 in the Heart of Paris. All their fragrances are imagined by French master perfumers, their bottles are invented by great French designers and their boxes are decorated with poetic artistic illustrations.

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Fleur de Figuier is based on a fig pulp accord, heightened by crisp notes of fig leaves and refreshed by hints of mandarin blossom. It's a fragrance with both warm and fresh tones, and incredibly enveloping relaxing benefits.


Botot: royal toothpaste with natural essences

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Usually, French people buy their toothpaste in supermarkets. But when they are searching for more quality and health-oriented brands, they usually get them from drugstores. The French brand Botot is the oldest oral care French brand: the mouthwash elixir was created in Paris by the doctor Julien Botot for French King Louis XV in 1755. The brand still exists nowadays and keeps making oral care products. We particularly recommend their Cinnamon Clove Mint toothpaste, inspired by the original formula of the King's mouthwash elixir.


Health products and Food supplements: some useful products that can be found in French Pharmacies

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France is not only the country of cosmetics, it is also the country of supplements and other health products. There are many brands making Made in Francehealth products 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 a Drugstore instead of online, you can get useful advice from pharmacists. Here are some quality health products that could be useful for you or your relatives.


NHCO: Orthosamine and  Artixine

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 corresponds to a 6 weeks program, that can be renewed 2 or Three times a year according to need.


The brand also develops specific supplements adapted to different needs. The product Artixine is recommended for joint comfort. With age, joint flexibility decreases which bring discomfort and pain. Artixine helps to relieve sensitive joints and maintaining bones and connective tissues. One pillbox contains a 3 weeks program but it can be continued as needed. 


Arkopharma: Perle de Peau

We usually reply only on topical applications (skincare products) to take care of our skin. However, skin condition mostly depends on dietary nourishment. Skin supplements can help support gorgeous, glowing skin and be a good addition to your skincare routine. The Perles de Peau range, from the French Laboratories Arkopharma, have several products to target specific issues.

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Perles de Peau Hydratant focuses on hydrating, for supple and flexible skin nourished from the inside.

How to use it?

it’s an intensive 3-month program (2 capsules taken daily).


 Biocyte: Activ Anti-rides and Eclat Extreme

The Brand Biocyte became famous thanks to its very efficient collagen products.

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Activ' Anti-rides is a unique formula containing Glycoserum, Vitamin C and zinc that acts at the heart of the epidermis to help erase micro-wrinkles and leave skin visibly younger-looking. 

How to use it?

Take 1 capsule per day with a meal, with a large glass of water, for 1 to 3 months.

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 Biocyte éclat extrême is designed for those who feel that their skin lacks radiance. This food supplement helps to improve skin radiance and reduce the appearance of dark spots and redness.

How to use it?

You can take 2 capsules per day (it's a 2 months program)


SynActifs : Capactif and Flexactifs

Flexactifs food supplement from the French Laboratory SynActifs helps to quickly relieve joints pain and increases joints flexibility and mobility in the long run. It is a perfect gift for people who suffer from arthritis. It contains turmeric (to curbs inflammation) and traces elements such as Zinc, Copper, and Manganese (to help rebuild cartilage, Improve Joint Healing and Joint Strength), and Essential oils. When you travel or play sports, it is frequent to have muscular pain. FlexActifs from Aragan is a supplement made of plants and minerals that reduce muscular pain.


How to use it?

You can take two to four capsules per day ( for example 2 pills before breakfast and 2 pills before dinner during the 2 first weeks, and then just 1 pill per for the last 2 weeks). Each box contains 60 capsules.

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Cap Actifs is a food supplement, in the form of capsules, that helps to act on hair loss, hair growth, and the health of your nails. It's a combination of organic plant dry extracts, organic brewer's yeast, and organic vitamins.


PILEJE: Lactibiane Reference and Chronobiane

PILEJE lactibiane chronobianeWhen you travel, jetlag can be a problem if you don’t get used quickly to your destination time zone. Chronobiane LP 1,9 mg helps to reduce the time taken to fall asleep and stress thanks to melatonin, marine magnesium, vitamin D3, and vitamin E

How to use it?

Take one tablet per day one hour before going to sleep (for a deeper sleep).

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Probiotics are a combination of ‘friendly’ live microorganisms that live naturally within your body. When consumed in optimal amounts, they can provide a range of health benefits and restore the natural balance in the gut. Lactibiane Reference is formulated from 4 microbiotic strains which play a major role in the stomach and intestines.


Parapharmacie Monge, the best place to find the finest Beauty Products in Paris at discounted prices

You might ask why it would be better to shop in a Parapharmacie than in a random Beauty Shop? Well, for Perfume or Makeup it would not matter much, but as far as skincare and cosmeceuticals are concerned, it is always better to have useful advice from professionals. The pharmacists 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 introduces 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%).

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Parapharmacie Monge 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. There is only one Pharmacy Monge in Paris! Monge is often imitated but never equaled.

Parapharmacie Monge is Opened Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m to 8 p.m. It is also opened on the follower Sundays and national holidays: May 22nd, 26th and 29th ; June 6th, 12th, and 26th ; July 10th, 14th and 24th, August 7th, 15th, 21st, September 4th, 18th ; October 2nd, 16th, 30th ; November 1st, 11th, 13th, 27th, December 11th, 25th.

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Parapharmacie Monge Notre Dame

Address : 78 rue Monge, 75005 Paris

Opening Hours: Every day 8:00-20 :00

It is also opened on the follower Sundays and national holidays: May 22nd, 26th and 29th ; June 6th, 12th, and 26th ; July 10th, 14th and 24th, August 7th, 15th, 21st, September 4th, 18th ; October 2nd, 16th, 30th ; November 1st, 11th, 13th, 27th, December 11th, 25th.