Oh La La! Are these The BEST French Pharmacy Products Ever?

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Carine Roitfeld, Clemence Poesy, Marion Cotillard...just three examples of why we should look across the channel for our beauty inspiration. French women may look effortlessly chic, maybe even a bit nonchalantly undone but that doesn't mean they scrip on their beauty routines.

French women are about making the most with what they have got. Not about contouring, baking or covering it up. Which means they focus on the base. They want amazing skin and amazing hair and then everything else will just fall into place.

It all starts with skincare. French pharmacies are stocked floor to ceiling with quality products that really work, and if you have products that really work, all you really need is a little highlighter, a tinted lip balm and some texture in the hair and you are good to go. Doesn’t that sound like a nice way to get ready in the morning? Think of all that extra beauty sleep they must get, which no doubt adds to their healthy glow.

Sold? I was. To make things easy for you, I delved deep into the French mindset to research everyone from makeup artists and film stars to their great grandma's recommendations, to find out which the secrets are to that amazing glowing skin and glossy hair, and here they are:

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Avène is a skincare brand you all need to know about. It's so good are helping with the recovery of people with psoriasis, eczema and skin conditions that the Avène Thermal Spring is offered on the French Equivilent of the NHS due to the incredible healing properties of the water's minerals. For those who can't quite make it to the natural springs you simply must try the brand. It harnesses the soothing powers of the natural spring water within all of their products. A particular standout product is the Avène Redness Soothing Relief Cream £21.50 which incredible calming for sensitive skins and as SPF 25 is the ideal holiday protection for those who breakout even at the thought of regular suncream on their faces. For those with oily skin who are thinking this brand isn't for you, think again! The Avène Cleanance range purifies skin and regulates oil control without drying. The Avène Cleanance Soap Gel Cleanser £10.50 is the equivilent of washing your face in a mountain spring.

Mature skin will fall head over heels for La Roche Posay Redermic Corrector Dermatologico Antiedad Intensivo £39.50. An ultra high-performance anti-aging treatment that minimizes wrinkles in just eight weeks of use. For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists throughout the world to develop this wonderful range of skincare and makeup that keeps French women defying age year after year.

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Now that your skin is sorted, ever wonder how french women get such effortless texture in their hair? It looks naturally tousled with not a hint of stickiness or visible product. Well, look no further than Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo Spray £4 originally launched over 30 years ago. This dry shampoo is the one that the beauty posse would bulk buy on their Parisian travels as it was impossible to get anywhere but France. Luckily those days are now no more, and you can order online at My Beauty Matches with the perfect french bedhead. The base of oatmilk, rice and corn starch leave hair soft and touchable unlike many cheaper brands than matt it together and leave scalps sore.

I don’t know about you but I’m ready to throw on a Breton top and inject a little Parisian je ne sais quoi into my beauty routine.

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