Your definitive guide to the best in French pharmacy skin care

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Marie Claire marie claire & InStyle Senior Digital Beauty And Lifestyle Editor / July 31 2019

Whether it's their artfully undone curtain bangs or muted red lipstick – when it comes to beauty, French girls simply have that undefinable je ne sais quoi.

But, what makes a Parisian It-girl so effortlessly chic? It's their nation's simple 'skin care first, makeup second' philosophy that is at the heart of France's world-class beauty industry.

Without a doubt, our favourite exports from the birthplace of CHANEL and triple creme brie are so good that once you try them - you'll never use anything else. We're talking about French pharmacy beauty products, of course.

Thankfully, you don't need to book a plane ticket in order to shop like a Parisian. Here, we bring you the cult French beauty products beloved by women around the world...

1. The moisturiser

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré

2. The micellar water 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

3. The all-in-one face mist 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

4. The multi-purpose dry oil 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

5. The exfoliant 

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

10. The hand cream 

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

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What are your favourite French pharmacy buys? Let us know in the comments below.

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