1 October 2014

French Skincare | Tried and Tested

French Skincare

There's no denying that when it comes to skincare the French quite simply own it. In my experience having tried just a few brands from across the channel I have always had pretty good results therefore I've found myself really coming to trust brands such as Avéne and La Roche-Posay. Luckily for us in the UK these brands are found in Boots and a number of online websites so we are able to get hold of most of the products that are on offer.

Over the last year I have tried a couple of products from said brands therefore feel as though I can share my thoughts on them with you. For reference my skin is oily to combination along with areas of dehydration.

First up I have the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which I picked up in early summer. In all honesty I have been a bit sceptical of quite simply water in a can in the past however I have to say when using them they are incredibly refreshing and soothing to the skin. This was actually in a clearance stand when I picked it up which is why I decided to give it a go although having now used it I'm not entirely convinced that I would pay full price for this in the future. Avéne of course has something very similar whereby I have the much smaller handbag size option that I have definitely preferred over the much larger can from La Roche-Posay. This is a super handy size to put in your bag and take out with you, especially in the summer. Out of the two I'd buy the Avéne thermal water over the La Roche-Posay version simply because it's cheaper and a more suitable size for the purpose I want it for such as taking it out with me when it's hot.

Onto Cleansers I have only tried one from Avéne thus far which is the Extremely Gentle Cleanser* which as the name clearly suggests is a gentle cleanser for those with sensitive skin. I wouldn't go as far to say that my skin is on the extreme side of sensitivity however it can be sensitive at times and is on occasion prone to redness. This cleanser is pretty inoffensive as it doesn't have any fragrance and is white in colour. Being a gel I naturally enjoy this type of texture anyway therefore it has been quite a pleasure to use as it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean without any tightness. I would like to point out that it does contain SLS which does surprise me a little although it is pretty low down in the ingredients list.

Effaclar Duo +, need I say more? Sadly my tube of this fantastic product has very recently run out much to my annoyance as I need to now go and buy a new one (I'm waiting for the Boots offers). Using this blemish treatment in areas such as my chin and t-zone I find that this really does help to keep blemishes at bay, it also for me reduces the longevity of any blemishes that do occur. Blemishes be gone!

Rounding off for this evening we have the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50+ SPF which out of all these products featured is my firm favourite. Over here in the UK I think we drastically underestimate the importance of SPF, especially when the sun isn't bearing down on us. This year I upped my game and have tried to ensure I have a designated SPF within my routine as at times not all of my foundations or moisturisers contain sun protection. For me I have found an absolutely fantastic product that I'm not looking to replace with any other. This boasts a wonderful formula that sinks into my skin leaving an almost matte feel yet does not interfere with any make up that I apply afterwards. It's one of my favourite discoveries of 2014 and will for a while long be within my skincare routine.

I realise that I have featured just two brands here when there really is quite a variety out there to research and of course try. If anybody would like to see a full review of any of these products featured above them be sure to let me know in the comments below. Being all beauty enthusiasts here I'd love to find out what your favourite French skincare products are.

Au revoir!



  1. Escentual have up to a 1/3 off French skincare this month! I also need to replace my almost-empty Effaclar Duo :) from Another Amy x

  2. I'm definitely considering the La Roche Posay Anthelios 50+ SPF. I've heard some incredible things about it and am on the hunt for a good daily SPF anyway. It sounds like a good one to try out! I'll be keeping it in mind. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  3. I have checked out a lot of Avene's products but I get really stuck when faced with a whole wall of them at the pharmacy! I'll definitely take note of your reccomendations.


  4. Australia's prices on Avene is insane! I've been eyeing off the water mist from them for ages now though, and I you've just convinced me to buy it! hehe xx

    Emily ⎜ daisylocks.blogspot.com.au

  5. French skincare brands have become a big hit here too, a lot of the brands are now readily available - though quite expensive. I absolutely love Effaclar Duo, did you find the + version to help with fading scars at all? The sunscreen sounds awesome! Definitely need a high SPF over here!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  6. Effaclar Duo is such a life saver. I finished my first tube last week and seriously felt so lost for the couple of days that I didn't have it before I had the opportunity to buy a new one. Next time I'll definitely make sure to buy one before this one is finished.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  7. Effaclar Duo is one of my favourite products at the minute. I recently ran out and can't believe the difference in my skin. I was slightly put off by the price at first but found that it actually lasted a long time :)


  8. That Effaclar Duo is the bomb-dizzle! thanks for the other tips. Love a good french product. Rosie

  9. I love French Pharmacy skincare! I love the brands and the products you mentioned, and Vichy is a great brand too, alongside some others (like Nuxe and Caudalie which are a little bit fancier) :) xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  10. Thanks for that Amy! I have seen it and have been tempted, I'm trying to be good although I do need to replace Effaclar Duo now x

  11. It is SO good Celina, I'm so impressed with it x

  12. Yes I too find it hard to shop them in store, I find myself wanting to check what each product is for online x

  13. That's such a shame, prices really do leap up over there :( x

  14. To be honest I didn't notice it to really help with scars, it's not something I tend to struggle with. It did help with blemishes in general though and stopped them getting any worse. The sunscreen is fantastic! x

  15. I should have done that too as I feel a little lost without mine xx

  16. It does as I was using mine on a daily basis, it's well worth paying for and has worked really well for me x

  17. You're welcome Rosie! :) x

  18. Vichy is a brand I really do want to explore, it sounds very nice. I have recently seen their hydration serum crop up quite a lot, I'm going to make a mental note of that x

  19. danniella josephine12 October 2014 at 19:38

    Effaclar Duo is amazing, I definitely couldn't live without it now <3

    Danniella x



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