5 Essentials You Need To Raid French Pharmacies For

Celebrities, models and makeup artists swear by these

Everyone knows France for its designer boutiques. But did you know that some of the best shopping is actually to be found in the country’s pharmacies?

In fact, that’s some of the best-kept beauty secrets can be found! We’re talking hard-to-get skincare essentials (not just brands like La-Roche Posay, Nuxe, Vichy and Bioderma that can now be found in Singapore) that even celebs love. 

Here’s a shopping list of our favourites to take with you when you visit France.


Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this anti-ageing cream. Chock-full of vitamin A, the rich formula evens out skin tone, gets rid of blemishes and, of course, keeps wrinkles at bay.

Biafine Emulsion

Developed as a burns cream, this can also be used if you’ve had too much sun. Model Ines de la Fressange is a fan - “It treats wounds and burns, but is also great if you’ve had too much sun,” she says.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre

We know many ladies (including models) who swear by this nourishing moisturiser that instantly plumps and primes skin. And it’s not just for the face - you can also use it to get rid of dry skin on elbows and knees. The hypoallergenic cream is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.


This works wonders for chapped lips. Originally developed to soothe sore nipples for breastfeeding mothers, it’s now used as a lip balm by makeup artists and models to soothe chafed skin and abrasions.

Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist

We tried this out because of its promise to energise skin, and it’s now one of our go-to mists. We use it to cool skin on a hot day out and straight after cleansing to keep skin hydrated and refreshed.

Topicrem Ultra Moisturising Body Milk

This is everything we want in a body moisturiser. It works to soothe itchy and dehydrated skin while moisturising - and leaves no sticky residue.

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