When buying new products to add to your skin care routine, knowing what your skin type is, is vital in order to have the best results. If you are unaware of what your skin type is, you can go to a dermatologist or just note how your skin reacts when using any products. Knowing your skin type will help you narrow down what products below suit you best.
Every skin care routine is built by the three main steps: cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Of course, if your skin needs it, you can add any additional steps and treatments specialized for you.
Below is a full facial routine using only cosmeuticals; cosmetic products with bioactive ingredients purported to have medical benefits which are very popular in France. The below routine and description of all products can help you decide which items are best for you. Once you decide, you can use the O'bon Paris coupon to save 10% and receive a 15% tax refund! Click here to download the coupon.
The first step is to cleanse. Nowadays, airborne bacteria and pollution is attracted to your skin, and if it isn't washed away properly, it could potentially contribute to aging, pigmentation and breakouts. The best way to avoid such problems is to double cleanse. Using a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water to break down make-up, sun protection and sebum on your skin and then follow it up with a deeper water-based cleanse. Once or twice a week, you need to exfoliate your skin to clean pores, slough off dead cells for brighter and smoother skin.
Micellar water is the easiest choice for all skin types. Bioderma créaline H2O is known as the best micellar water in the world. With a cotton pad, it gently wipes off any makeup and doesn't leave a film. The skin will be left clean, comfortable (not greasy), and soft.
If you have a full face of make up with waterproof products and you want something gentle but powerful without tugging the delicate skin around your eyes, you need an eye and lip make up remover. Using the wrong product and consistent tugging at the eyes can create fine lines. These products usually have two layers, so you will need to shake the bottle well before using. Galenic PUR waterproof eye lotion works very well and has a lovely fresh scent of white flowers, jasmine and lily of the valley.
This cleansing foam enriched with remineralising and oxygenating active ingredients cleanses the skin gently. It leaves a moist film on the skin and a refreshing feeling.
It is a gentle exfoliator with very fine scrubbing particles suitable for all skin types, leaving the skin soft, smooth, clean and fresh.
A face toner helps to remove excess dirt, traces of oil and makeup. It also balances the pH of your skin and helps control acne.
EFFACLAR Micro-Exfoliating Astringent Lotion is formulated specifically for oily, acne-prone and large pore skin. It helps cleanse and tighten pores and limits the impact of dirt or makeup on the skin surface. It also includes LHA, an active ingredient that is able to deep clean pores.
Unlike clay masks, a deep cleansing step, often used immediately after cleansing, a moisturizing or other type of mask should be used after toner for better absorption. You can use a facial mask each week as a special treat for your skin that results in making your skin more radiant.
After applying the mask and leaving it on for 15-30 minutes, the skin is revived, luminous and radiant. With this mask, you can enjoy a great moment of relaxation and do something kind for your skin.
It’s a treatment product similar to serums, boosters, or ampoules but has a more water type consistency, and can boost hydration and provides nutrients.
Absorbed in seconds, LIFE PLANKTON ™ ESSENCE leaves the skin soft, smooth and refreshed.
They target specific types of skin concerns such as acne, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, etc.
Bioderma Sébium Sérum is a gel texture treatment for skin that has suffered from acne and has scars resulting from it. This gel recreates a natural glow and is ideal for your nighttime routine.
Enriched with vitamin B5, this serum can moisturize the skin and enhances the benefits of a daily moisturizer. You can use it to compliment your daily moisturiser or use it alone as an oil-free hydrating gel. This is ideal for all skin types, including acne-prone skin.
The Universal Serum is enriched with hyaluronic acid, giving your skin a soft and silky feel. Its light texture sinks in quickly, reviving radiance, and helps you fight back against sagging skin and the visible signs of aging.
Darphin's best selling, high-potency soothing serum instantly calms and prevents irritation. It’s texture is natural and absorbed very fast.
Moisturizing should be the final step of every night time routine. It seals in all of the products previously used, plumps up the skin and smooths fine lines.
The eye contour area is particularly sensitive and wrinkles more quickly as you age. The Youthful Lift Eye Cream with its fine emulsion formula blurs the signs of aging and decongests the most dehydrated eyes, smooths wrinkles, tightens eyelids, and reduces dark circles and bags under the eyes.
Ultra-repairing, soothing cream with a gel texture is invisible and non-sticking. It helps to diminish marks (used to treat skin conditions such as burn wounds, surgical incisions, dry or scaly skin, cuts, skin irritations, etc) with patented active ingredient, Cicahyalumide. Apply this 1 or 2 times a day to for the best results.
This gel-cream intensely moisturizes, smooths and revives the radiance of the skin.
This lip balm loved by all French women. It moisturizers, nourishes, repairs and protects damaged lips.
A mask that smoothes wrinkles, improves the clarity of the complexion and leaves the skin nourished. You may apply and leave on as a night cream or leave on for 5 minutes and then remove any excess when in step 3 (facial mask) of your skin routine.
This is the last step of the morning skin care routine. We need sunscreen to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Always use it even if you'll be inside most of the day to prevent prematurely aging the skin and wrinkles.
Cream protection against UVA / UVB rays, suitable for sensitive skin. The skin will not be dry, as it contains Uriage Thermal Water and Aquaspongines mineral water.
Above is a complete facial skin care routine that you can consult to build your perfect routine. Don't forget that our whole body needs care and attention. There are many body products in France that will be identified in another article. Some famous brands and products you can start with are:
Enriched with Guarana and active biospheres of revitalizing essential oils, its gel texture energizes hair from the root leaving your hair vivacious.
The stimulating shampoo TRIPHASIC is composed of two high-performance anti-hair loss active ingredients: ATP and Pfaffia natural extract. The hair is left easy to disentangle, soft and shiny.
A 100% natural toothpaste with Rose, Orange Blossom, and a hint of Mint, prevent the growth of bacteria, plaque buildup and cavities.
This thermal water has a unique moisturizing action that soothes skin and restores the cutaneous barrier.
This cream provides full hydration and comfort. Its fluid, non-sticky texture permits rapid absorption.
Cosmeceuticals are a French specialty. Once you have arrived in the magnificent Paris, you can find all these products in pharmacies such as Monge Beauty shop, which is one of the best French beauty shops in Paris that has a large variety of products.
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