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6 Amazing French Beauty Brands You Can Buy In India

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Besides being known as romance central, France is also famous for its amazing skincare brands and products. After all, the French have been looked to as beauty inspirations for decades.

And let me tell you, it’s not just the perfect shimmering Parisian lighting that calls for that flawless complexion. A contrast to their effortlessly chic style quotient, the French seem to follow a mantra of less is more, i.e. giving you the secret formula to that “I woke up like this” glow.

A beauty philosophy that makes sure it does all the work for you, these French cosmetics pretty much kick ass. So what makes them tick?

Well, these so-called drugstore brands in France are actually equivalent to what you’d be buying at a luxury department store here — hence, you are getting a product that is of excellent quality and at a great price. Assured both ways.

So are you ready to ‘do nothing’ to your skin today and let these products take the lead? Here are 6 of the best French skincare brands and their cult products that you need to be adding to your skincare regime today…you know, to get that ‘je ne ses quois’ look?


Cult Product: Vichy Purette Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel (Rs 920)


This brand is known for using thermal spa water from the hot springs that lie in the French town of Vichy. This water isn’t your average hydration, as it is essentially rain water in its purest form — one that comes through the mountains and valleys, picking up minerals that are totally apt for your skin.


Cult Product: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (Rs 1,350)


La Roche-Posay is one of the better-known drugstore French cosmetic brands, and it works wonders on the skin. Besides having a range of anti-ageing products, they also have a variety of skincare formulas that are suited for every skin type, especially acne prone skin.


Cult Product: Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water (Rs 1,145)


Like Vichy, Avène is also all about using thermal water into its products. Another one of those famous skincare brands, Avène is a miracle worker for your skin. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, or blemished skin, this brand takes care of all of your facial needs.


Cult Product: Bioderma H20 Micellar Water (Rs 945)


We aren’t new to the concept of micellar water, but when it comes to one of the best cleansers for your makeup, only Bioderma comes to mind. Why? Because, believe it or not, the French had nailed micellar water way before it became a thing. This brand basically works as a great cleanser — all you need is one swipe and you’re ready to go!


Cult Product: Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Creme (Rs 950)


This French-based brand is known for its range of cosmetics that are divided into various categories — both based on skin type and skincare needs. They also have a variety of organic skincare that mainly comprises formulations of 85% organic extracts.


Cult Product: L’Occitane Creme Divine (Rs 6,990)


L’Occitane en Provence’s use of the l’Immortelle plants in most of their products is the signature of the brand. According to the brand, they do not conduct any form of animal testing and all the ingredients in their formulas are not an animal by-product. Priced a little higher than the other, this brand is organic, and is totally worth the heavy price-tag.


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