Earlier this week, I was in Paris for a hot second to meet with the phenomenal (or should that be trés magnifique?) JolieBox team. Naturally, I carved out some time to do some important on-the-ground research—namely, eating and pharmacie-raiding. Now it’s a well-known fact that the French are spoiled when it comes to skincare. Every block, you’ll find a pharmacy filled with products and brands that would make your head spin (and ours did). In addition to makeup artist favorites like Embryolisse, there are all sorts of things that you can’t get easily in the US. I asked JolieBox’s editorial director, Mathilde Lacombe, to give me a shopping list of her favorites. Here’s what we scooped up.
Bioderma Matriciane Firming Matrix Cream: “French girls love this brand. It’s famous for being very tolerant even if you have acne or dry skin. The texture is like a gel and not too oily. It moisturizes the skin very, very well—perfect for combination skin and you don’t have to use too much.”
Bioderma Créaline Eau Micellaire: “It’s not so expensive, which is very important, and we can find it every pharmacie (even in the tiniest cities). It works well for sensitive skin and you don’t have to rinse it away. You can use it on your face and eyes so you only need a single product.”
Avène Masque Apaisant Hydratant: “Every Parisian girl has this product. It was my first mask because when you are a teenager you have very sensitive skin and the dermatologist’s one piece of advice is to use it. When you go on ski holidays and have very dry skin during the winter and you put it on your skin you can feel your skin drinking in all the hydration. If you have allergies it calms irritations.”
Sanoflore Eaux florales (Rose): “This is a tonic that is full of floral and herbal extracts and gives your skin a little freshness. Plus the packaging in the little blue bottle is lovely and vintage-feeling. I also love this for your eyes for when you have dark circles—put with cotton for two minutes.”
La Roche Posay Baume Cicaplast: “It’s the same principle as Elizabeth Arden’s 8-Hour Cream—very rich and can be used for everything. I surf and you get really dry skin when you spent a lot of hours in the water. When I have a sunburn, I put the Cicaplast on my skin. The same in the winter.”