11 French skin care brands that should be on your radar

The answer to the questions “When will people stop asking French women for beauty advice?” and “When will the sky stop being blue?” Is the same: never. As for the latter, there is just something about the French aesthetic that is inherently intriguing; often it’s the perfectly executed balance between effortless freshness and refined elegance. Besides the undeniable beauty of French women, there are also plenty of very effective (and truly luxurious) skin care products from the European nation. French skin care brands have a long history of using botanical ingredients and innovative technologies to create sought-after products that continue to garner intrigue around the world.

Some of the French skincare giants may already be on your radar; Biologique Recherche’s P50 toner has become one of the most talked about products in recent years, and you’ve probably spotted brands like La Roche-Posay walking the aisles of your local drugstore. However, the French pharmaceutical scene offers much more when it comes to much-needed skin care. Going forward, TZR has rounded up the French skincare brands worth checking out – none of them requiring a boarding pass to get their hands on them.

We only include products that have been independently selected by TZR’s editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of the sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.

Embryolisse

This skin care brand has long been a favorite with French pharmacies, especially Lait Crème Concentré which has recently become a staple among makeup artists. Its silky satin finish makes it the perfect moisturizing primer for applying makeup – or whenever your skin needs a boost.

Avene

Thermal water from the Sainte-Odile spring in France is the key ingredient in this nearly 300-year-old brand, which has clinical benefits for a range of skin problems, from acne to inflammation.

Caudalie

In addition to ultra-chic packaging, Caudalie offers formulas anchored in the antioxidant powers of grape seeds. The Beauty Elixir Face Mist continues to be one of the brand’s bestsellers and a prime example of the luxurious spa-like experience you can expect from Caudalie products.

Nuxe

This sought-after brand offers botanical ingredients and, in true effortless French fashion, multitasking products. The versatile dry oil is a favorite for nourishing the face, body, and even hair.

Klorane

A true French pharmacy brand, Klorane was founded over 50 years ago by a young pharmacist who discovered the power of plant extracts and plant ingredients. Today, the brand continues to offer clean and environmentally friendly products for hair and skin care.

La Roche Posay

If you have dry, sensitive skin, La Roche-Posay should definitely be on your radar. The beloved French brand prides itself on dermatological research and high-quality ingredients, which translate into beautifully nourishing products – without the luxury markup.

Clarins

This family brand offers innovative and brilliant products. One of its most popular offerings, Double Serum Complete Anti-Aging Concentrate, contains 21 potent herbal extracts to fight just about all signs of aging and can work for all skin types.

Uriage

Like many French skin care brands, Uriage harnesses the powers of thermal water – in particular, the waters that flow through the French Alps – to create its products. The mineral-rich formulas help soothe, nourish and repair the skin, and may even aid in the treatment of certain skin conditions.

Biological research

You know it, you love it. P50 lotion is a powerful toner that is known for its skin refining abilities, despite its deeply unpleasant odor. Considering the fact that the brand was founded by a biologist and physiotherapist, it makes sense that Biologique Recherche’s powerful and effective formulas continue to take the French skin care scene by storm.

Sisley

Phyto-cosmetology (that is, infusing formulas with plant extracts) is at the heart of Sisley. The brand’s herbal range is not only effective, but provides a truly luxurious skin care experience. You can’t have more French than that.

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