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How To Shop A French Pharmacy, Like A French Girl

Navigate like a native.

Achieving that 'je ne sais quoi' vibe one product at a time.

Any beauty junkie worth their salt has a rake of French skincare and makeup brands lining their bathroom shelf.

Bioderma? Check. Eau Thermale Avéne? Got it! Nuxe? Of course! La Roche Posay? Damn sure! 

And lots of the cult French pharmacy brands are readily available on Irish soil now, which is wonderful news for us.

But what about the lesser-known pharmacy brands that French girls swear by? 

Grab a pen and a perch, and allow us to talk you through the hidden gems of French pharmacies - you're gonna want to make a list for your next trip. 


Biafine is primarily sold as a cream to soothe burns or scratches. While it works brilliantly for this purpose, particularly that first lobster-red burn of summer, it is also a fantastic moisturiser, anti-ageing cream and face mask. Fans include Elle Macpherson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Finally, an answer to supermodel skin? 

Avibon Vitamin A

This Vitamin A cream is a French skincare favourite.

It contains .2% retinol, which is more than we would usually find over the counter here. It helps to resurface and re-texture your skin to provide a smooth, clear and glowing complexion.  

Note: As with all retinol products, this one is better used only a few times a week, to begin with. Slather on that SPF as well to combat any extra sensitivity to the sun

Kloraine Dry Shampoo 

Not a fan of dry shampoo? Try Klorane and prepare to be converted. It really is the best one we've tried. It offers glossy, voluminous, textured locks without any powdery or sticky residue. 


Homeoplasmine is the natural, non-greasy French alternative to Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. Use it on chapped lips, dry patches and weathered winter skin. We love that it leaves a matte, velvety finish and is perfect as a pre-lipstick balm.

We might be imagining it, but we swear it also has plumping properties? 


You've almost certainly heard of Embryolisse as a moisturiser, but what if we told you you've been using it wrong? If you happen to have a tube of this stashed away somewhere, whip it out immediately.

Apply a thick layer as a face mask, wait 15 mins and watch it work its magic. Skin is smooth, plumped and as soft as a baby's. Another tip is to try it out as a primer before applying your makeup. Not only will your foundation last longer and look dewier, but it also won't settle into face creases or fine lines. 

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