Now, French Pharmacies do look quite clinical but that is because the products they sell really do work, you wont find junk food or novelty items in these places, oh no, just fabulous products that promise what they say on the tube.
Here is a rundown of the best products that I use personally and I swear by.
Biafine | This huge tube of cream is amazing for all kinds of burns especially sunburn. I always take a tube on holiday with me as I do have a tendency to burn even though I apply factor 50 every hour. This cream is also used after cosmetic surgery and laser skin procedures by the top skin doctors to speed up the healing process.
La Roche - Posay Effaclar A.I | I have used this cream for 5 years now, it is amazing for pimples and blemishes, apply when you see the first signs of spot appearing and this cream will stop it in its tracks.....amazing!!
Klorane Dry Shampoo | A favourite of Gwyneth Paltrow, this dry shampoo contains oat milk so it doesn't dry out your hair. Perfect for refreshing your hair between washes to give your hair that 'just got out of bed' finish.
Avibon | Another favourite of GP and every beauty editor on the planet. Avibon is vitamin A in a tube so is it perfect for fine lines, scarring and blemishes. Avibon is also moisturising thanks to the added lanolin and if used every night (too greasy for the day) you will see an improvement in your skin in 2 weeks. This is a bargain at only 8 Euros a tube so make sure you stock up next time you or a friend visit France.
Bioderma Crealine TS H20 | Hypoallergenic and no perfume, this cleanser is perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. This product removes the toughest makeup and eye makeup in one sweep, that is why makeup artists and models swear by it, as do I.
Botot Toothpaste | Pretty tube that looks great on your bathroom shelf and a great taste of aniseed which makes a welcome change to mint. Botot also does a great job of keeping your teeth pearly white and clean. This is an Italian product but is widely available in France.
Botot Mouthwash | Vintage style glass bottle with mouthwash the colour of red wine, this concentrated mouthwash like the toothpaste has the fresh taste of aniseed for a tasty post brush rinse.
Some of these products you can buy online but you will pay a premium for them, the best thing you can do is find someone who will be visiting France or even better, this is a great excuse to book those tickets for yourself.