Francophilia reached an all-time high this year with a slew of French “It Girls” like Jeanne Damas and Sabina Socol dominating our Instagram feeds. Even berets are back in style! It seems like every woman wants to imitate the cool, effortless Parisian girl. While style is certainly part of that, incorporating a laid-back, less-is-more French beauty regimen is also key to achieving the Parisian look.
Back in the old beauty blogging days, I was incredibly jealous of the British bloggers I followed who easily got a hold of French drugstore products. Thankfully, nowadays French skincare is more accessible than ever. American stores like CVS and Target carry all the major brands, which means that over the past year, I’ve been testing out a handful of skincare products to see if French skincare is really worth the hype.
La Roche-Posay Sunscreen
I’m not a fan of sunscreen on my face at all. The smell, the goopy-ness, the greasiness. Yuck! However, it’s one of the most important steps to a skincare regimen. I’m always on the hunt for an everyday sunscreen that doesn’t have the typical sunscreen feel and won’t ruin my makeup. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen one is often raved about online for being unlike the rest. Naturally, I had to test it out.
Having used this regularly over the past year, I’m afraid to say that this isn’t a favorite. It still has a sunscreen smell, though not as strong as others. On the plus side, it is lightweight, not too greasy and doesn’t leave streaky white marks. I think my issue with it is that it still feels like a sunscreen. And I’d like something a bit more hydrating. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad product at all. It’s good, but not amazing.
La Roche-Posay Cleanser
I picked up the La Roche-Posay Toleraine Gentle Hydrating Cleanser randomly when I was in desperate need of everyday cleanser after running out of my Philosophy one. Of the products featured in this post, this is the one you need in your collection. This is fab! Gentle, nonirritating, doesn’t dry out my skin. Perfection! I wouldn’t use it to remove makeup though, but I would never just rely on a regular cleanser to do so anyway.
For some reason, I thought this Vichy Pureté Termale Cleansing Gel would be a cleansing oil like my Burt’s Bees, but I was sorely mistaken. It’s actually just a regular gel-like cleanser that foams up as you massage it into your skin. I am not a fan! It dries out my skin like crazy. On the plus side, the packaging is gorgeous. For now, I use it in the shower, which means it’ll be tossed in the bin in a few months time.
The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré has to be the most talked about French drugstore product ever. I’ve been desperate to test it out after reading dozens of articles praising it. Sad to say that this was a massive disappointment for me! It’s marketed as a gentle, soothing everyday moisturizer and primer that won’t irritate skin. But this, much to my surprise, did the exact opposite. After a couple of uses, the skin around my mouth and jawline broke out into tiny little bumps, which was unusual since I don’t particularly have sensitive skin.
Do you have any French skincare bits you love? Let me know in the comments!