If you read Viva Adonis with any kind of regularity, you'll know of our grá for all things skincare, especially French pharmacy! Brands from across the pond have proved themselves time and time again for us, and have helped with a ton of woes - from Dee's spots to Sinéad's dryness.
We have a ton of favourites, but as a lot of the best French brands are currently whittled down price-wise with up to 30% off here, we thought it'd be a great time to showcase just a few of them. As always, this post is fully shoppable so hopefully you discover something that works brilliantly for you!
Bioderma has to be the brand associated most strongly with the French pharmacy craze; even now that micellars are widely available in the Irish market, the original is not, and it is really quite nice. Dee especially rates the blue version as one of the best for oily skin - and if you're looking for something extra to keep oil at bay, try using their excellent Pore Refiner (reviewed here) as a primer.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc is one of the hottest skincare products out there right now; it's rolling into Irish pharmacies as I type (but more on that soon), and is also readily available for us to pick up online. If you want something to soothe and calm irritated skin and prevent future blemishes, look no further. La Roche-Posay Redermic R is another brilliant product it you're blemish-prone - just a tiny bit each night can help with even the worst under-the-skin spots.
Nuxe is a brand we're both really fond of - everything they do smells delicious, and works wonders on the skin, too. One of the nicest basic moisturisers we've ever had the pleasure of using is their Creme Fraiche de Beauté, which also comes in a lighter version for if you're oily. The Reve de Miel lip balm needs no introduction, really - though you can read Sinéad's rave about it here if you're not convinced!
Klorane is kind of the odd-one-out here as it's actually a haircare brand - but hear us out. They do some of the most gentle, nourishing shampoos and conditioners out there, so if your hair is overprocessed or your scalp is dry, give this stuff a go.
Avène is another French thermal water breed of skincare - their products are brilliant especially if you're very sensitive. We've tried a legion of hydrating masks at this stage, but their version remains a firm favourite for restoring moisture and plumpness.
And finally, we couldn't talk skincare without including a good hydrating serum. Vichy's Aqualia Thermal is one of the most basic and affordable but really works a treat. If your skin is a bit dull or you don't find that just moisturiser is cutting it any more, try adding this to your routine for an instant hydration hit.