French pharmacies are the equivalent of skincare heaven. Yes, you might be sucked in by the crisp, clean packaging, but the products themselves are always brilliant, often affordable and work wonders at targeting specific skin problems, from spots to wrinkles.
That's probably why brands like Avene, La Roche Possay and Vichy have become best-sellers around the world.
So, when you're shopping for a new moisturiser or serum, what should you be looking for? Impressive words such as 'nourrissant' and 'naturel' are often found on the boxes, but which products can we count on to deliver glowing results? And where can you find them on this side of the Channel?
The best place to look is online. Beauty retailer Escentual.com stocks a comprehensive range of French pharmacy brands. As for tips on what you should be buying, take a look at the slideshow above for the six of the best hero products to try, recommended by the site's beauty editor.
And if you've promised to convert to a French skincare routine, be sure to snap these up before the end of June - Escentual is offering a third off all the prices listed throughout the month.
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