Sometimes the best things in life are hiding in plain sight and one of France’s best-kept secrets is the pharmacie. We’ve seen countless iterations of the glamorous French woman in film and literature and one thing common among them is the certain je ne sais quoi that just exudes chic effortlessness. Being unbothered is part of their charm and that attitude also extends to beauty. Case in point: many of their essentials are French drugstore beauty buys.
Unlike the usual drugstore, however, French pharmacies feature a broad range of products at different price points but all offer high-quality results. For all their casualness, the French do actually take their skin and body care seriously. Thankfully, you don’t have to go all the way to Paris to partake in the French experience as many of these products are available internationally. Deciding on which ones to try can be quite overwhelming the first time so here’s our little guide to French drugstore beauty items to check out on your next shopping trip.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution, SGD7.95/~USD6 (watsons.com)
A staple of French drugstore beauty, Bioderma’s micellar water has earned cult status among celebrities and beauty insiders for its effective cleansing powers. French It girl Jeanne Damas calls it an indispensable product in her routine.