Paris may be the fashion capital of the world, but the beauty of French women is world renowned. French women seem to embody the essence of style, grace, and beauty, which the rest of the world has readily tried to emulate. Apart from their natural beauty and “je ne sais quoi”, French women are known for their glowing complexions and glossy locks. Ask any French woman and she will most likely attribute her stunning features to French brands. But what is it that makes French beauty brands so good? We decided to find out.
- They use the best ingredients. If you scroll through the ingredient list of some French beauty products, you’ll notice most of them have one thing in common: they use a lot of natural ingredients. Thanks to the beauty of the French countryside, botanical ingredients are often used in French beauty products. Many French products also use natural thermal spring water, which is rich in vitamins and minerals.
- They aren’t complicated. Take a walk around any French city and you’ll realize that the French are big believers in luxury. However, they also believe in moderation, especially when it comes to their beauty products. French beauty brands don’t overload their products with unnecessary ingredients or fillers; preferring to let the active ingredients take center stage.
- They are gentle. It’s hard to find a harsh scrub that is made by a French brand. The French are all about preserving the skin’s natural barrier, and they treat their skin kindly and gently; avoiding strong scrubs that can scratch or irritate the skin, and preferring to use mild scrubs or gentle peels to keep their skin soft and glowy. Hydration is also an important part of French skincare, with most brands offering soothing, comforting, and hydrating ranges. Pretty much all French skincare products are hypoallergenic, which makes them great for sensitive skin.
- They’re luxurious. French women take pride in their routines and are taught the importance of skincare from a very young age. They don’t just wipe off their makeup and call it a night, they take the time to gently cleanse their faces and carefully apply their serums or creams. For the French, a skincare routine is as much a ritual as it is a necessity. You’ll find most French products are beautifully packaged, delightfully scented, and have a refreshing or comforting texture.
Now comes the fun part: choosing the right products for you! We’ve saved you the flight to France and chosen our favorite French products, each of which you can order straight from your couch.
Phytomer Rasage Perfect Alcohol-Free Soothing Aftershave – Packed with refreshing and detoxifying marine extracts, this aftershave calms the skin and instantly soothes redness and irritation.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel – Even French women break out. They keep pimples and blackheads at bay with this gentle gel that contains thermal spring water to soothe while it deep cleanses.
Lierac Liftissime Cou Redensifying Gel-Cream – French women’s bodies seem to defy gravity, but they get a little help from creams like this, which uses a botanical complex to firm, tighten, and lift the neck and décolleté.
Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beaute – Delicately scented, this fast-absorbing oil protects and strengthens the hair while restoring shine. It can also be used on the body, leaving behind a beautiful sheen.
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 – This anti-aging serum does it all. It tones, tightens, plumps, and fills in wrinkles and lines. It also contains glow-inducing Rhamnose, a sugar derived from plants.
Bioderma Sebium Exfoliating Gel – More than just a cleanser, this purifying face wash regulates sebum production and also contains micro-particles to gently exfoliate and speed up the cellular renewal process.