Just In: French Pharmacy

While I was planning a last-minute trip with my mum and sister to Paris during my autumn break (which is now), I was noting down the bits wanted to stock up on in the pharmacies. Sadly for me, we didn’t get to book tickets as the majority was sold out and the ones that were left were ridiculously priced – I refuse to pay €300 for a one-way ticket… each. So to cheer myself (and my skin) up, I decided to look for alternative ways so I could treat myself to some French skincare, which is how I got all this heavenly goodness.

As my skin currently is in bad shape, I had to stock up on some anti-acne bits as I don’t have any. So post-research I picked up La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat and Bioderma Sebium AI. I haven’t had any experience with the Bioderma Sebium range, I just know I really like their Créaline H2O. Having tried the rather ‘cult’ La Roche-Posay Effaclar DUO, which I wasn’t blown away by, I was doubting whether to get it or not, but they really sold me on the mat finish, as any shine on my face will be captured by light, making the pimples look huge. 

I had to pick up La Roche-Posay Serozinc after it being raved about recommended by Caroline. Serozinc is a spray toner with Zinc properties, which is supposed to be soothing and all good things. Homeoplasmine has been on my radar since BeautyMART started stocking it, but I hadn’t had the chance to pick it up before I left London. I think that you can compare this with Elizabeth Arden 8H Cream, but then scent-less and cheaper.

The last thing I picked up, and the most expensive one, is from Rene Furterer. I got his Complexe 5, which is a pre-shampoo treatment. The description says: “tones the scalp, strengthens the hair. Regenerating plant extract with stimulating essential oils”. To be honest, the ingredients don’t really speak to me, but it smells amazing (citrus) and it’s an oil, and we all know how much I love those.

What have you tried from the French pharmacy?

NB. I got all my products from a website called Farmaline (shipping within Europe only, yes that includes UK). Do keep in mind that there are plentiful other sites that sell the same products and I know that some pharmacies carry La Roche-Posay and Bioderma products. 

Escentual have 1/3 off on many French pharmacy products until the end of October for those who are interested!