French pharmacies are a totally untapped resource of budget skin saviours
Lait-Crème Fluide, £16, Embryolisse
An all-over treat, you can use this body lotion everywhere (yes, that means body *and* face), which makes it a perfect product for anyone who prefers a minimalist approach to skincare. You can use as a light moisturiser, makeup remover, after sun and even on babies (seriously, it’s amazing).
Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray, £18.50, Nuxe
No summer would be complete without this delicious dry oil. The soft scent is evocative of dreamy Mediterranean sunsets, and the silky combination of plant oils (Borage, St. John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut and Macadamia) keeps skin supple and hair hydrated.
Oat Milk Dry Shampoo, £4, Klorane
This dry shampoo is every beauty expert’s favourite not only for it’s totally invisible, instant de-greasing abilities, but also because it’s smells super subtle, too.
Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, £10.80, Bioderma
The OG of micellar water, Bioderma is still our go-to for fast and fuss-free makeup removal. Plus, it doesn’t dehydrate and can be used on sensitive skin.
Thermal Water, £9, Avène
If there’s one skincare product to keep on you at all times it’s this facial mist. Not only is the thermal water rich in minerals and known to soothe irritation and sensitivity, but it’s also hella refreshing. We love to spray on a hot day, or else spritz for a quick mid-afternoon refresh.
Minéral 89 Serum, £10.60, Vichy
Dry, dehydrated skin? Yeah, us too. Slather on this French pharmacy favourite to quench skin’s thirst – it’s full of hyaluronic acid and kind-to-skin minerals to instantly hydrate and help to protect skin for the rest of the day. For an even better boost, we massage it in with a jade roller – so refreshing.
Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, £9, Eucerin
This multi-use, richly nourishing cream should be a staple in every household. It is water-free and paraffin-based, meaning it creates the ideal shield to protect dry, cracked or damaged skin, helping it to recover and regenerate.
Cicaplast Gel B5, £10.50, La Roche Posay
Non-greasy but supremely soothing, this lightweight gel is an absolute must-have for sensitive skin. It is enriched with anti-bacterial agents that protect the skin from external aggressors as well as being free from fragrance and parabens.