Over the years, I’ve been incorporating more of a French beauty morning routine into my day. I have found numerous products which I love and now consider my French beauty staples.
French girl beauty is one of those subjects we all want to know about. There are countless articles out there talking about the secrets of French girl beauty and how we can all get it. It’s one of those mesmerizing things about the French we love to hear about.
Every time I travel to Paris, I try and grab a few new products to try out. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing a French pharmacy, they are like no other.
A French pharmacy is completely different from the pharmacy we are used to here in the states. Basically, a French pharmacy consists of being able to get medication and buy beauty and body products. The pharmacist is even specialized in beauty products and is more than willing to help you find the perfect product.
Thankfully, these days you can buy many different French beauty products in the U.S. I have found some tend to be more expensive than in France, but at least we can get them here now.
However, I always stock up when I am in Paris because they are much cheaper. I have an ongoing list of products I always buy when I am over there.
Here are the exact steps of my French beauty morning routine in the exact order I use the product.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Gel Cleanser
I start each morning with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Face Wash. It’s a medicated gel cleanser specifically containing salicylic acid to help with acne. My skin tends to be acne prone, even at 46, so I find this product works the best for that skin type.
This cleanser is still very gentle and you don’t need much, just a small dab will do. I use this in the morning before I jump in the shower.
CAUDALÍE Vinopure Toner
Caudalíe is one of the first French beauty brands I started using years ago. I have used several of their products off and on since my first trip to Paris in 2009 but there are a few which have become part of my daily routine.
After washing my face, I will use this Caudalíe Vinopure Toner all over my face. I just take a small cotton pad and massage and rub this all over my face.
This toner has 100 percent-natural salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate, reduce oil, and minimize the appearance of blackheads and pores.
I use this toner morning and night as it helps to make sure I’ve properly cleansed my face as well. It’s light and doesn’t sting but feels refreshing.
CAUDALÍE Vinoperfect Serum
I love this Vinoperfect Correcting Serum, as I have several dark sun spots on my face. This serum has helped to lighten those dark spots since the time I have been using it. It has amazing reviews and testimonies from people it’s helped. It’s worth the investment for this product.
It also helps to brighten my complexion as well I have found. I use this in combination with another Caudalíe facial moisturizer which I only use at night.
This is one of those products which is much cheaper to buy in France if you can. I try and buy at least two bottles when I go.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Face Moisturizer
The Effaclar Mat is a daily moisturizer I use during the Summer months. It has a specific technology that helps to target excess oil, mattify skin, and refine pores as well.
This is a very lightweight moisturizer, so that’s why I only use it during summer as I need something heavier in the cooler months.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Tinted Sunscreen
If I am being totally honest, I didn’t start using daily sunscreen until a few years ago which is horrible. My dad has bad skin cancer so I should have known better.
I started using this La Roche-Posay tinted sunscreen because it not only provides protection but also the tint provides coverage as well.
On the days I don’t want to put any foundation or powder on my face, I just go with my sunscreen because it almost acts as a light foundation. It’s a very light feeling and doesn’t feel oily at all. This sunscreen is also highly recommended by my dermatologist.
CAUDALÍE Deodorant Stick
This Caudalíe is a natural deodorant I started using last year and so far it’s been great. It took a few times to get used to since it’s a natural deodorant and your body has to adjust. However, at this point, it doesn’t bother me at all and I appreciate the clean ingredients.
The deodorant doesn’t feel sticky and doesn’t leave any sort of residue behind. If you’re looking for a clean deodorant, I highly recommend this one.
Eucalyptus and grape help to provide a clean and refreshing smell.
NUXE Body Oil
NUXE body oil was my very first purchase from a French pharmacy in 2009. I had seen it in a magazine about French beauty and just remember wondering how I could purchase a bottle.
I cherished that first bottle because at that time you couldn’t purchase NUXE online in the states. Some people either love body oil or don’t. I personally have tried several and this is still the one I love best.
I love the smell and the feel of the oil and use it on my body, hands, and feet, and put it in my hair after the shower.
This is also one of those beauty items you’ll find in most French women’s beauty cabinets.
KLORANE Dry Shampoo
KLORANE has the best dry shampoo for Brunettes I have ever used and believe me when I say, I’ve tried them all. Klorane is well known for its dry shampoo line covering all hair types and has a massive following.
It doesn’t leave behind any flakes or dryness and leaves my hair feeling nice and thick. I try and only wash my hair about 2 times a week and use this in between washes.
I spray mine directly into my hair when I need it, wait about 10 seconds, and then rub it in, followed up by brushing it through my hair.
I actually have this on auto-ship from Amazon and receive 2 new bottles every other month.
BIODERMA Lip Balm
In the last step of my French beauty morning routine, I always add this BIODERMA lip balm before I put on any lipstick for the day.
At the checkout of a French pharmacy, there’s a bin that’s always full of different kinds of lip balm from BIODERMA, NUXE, CLAUDALÍE, and AVÈNE. I always make sure to grab a handful of these to bring home.
The BIODERMA ones are my favorite though and I have at least one stashed in all my handbags and throughout the house. Especially during the winter, my lips are so dry, that I have lip balm in every room.
They also make fun little gifts as well to hand out to friends and family. Who doesn’t want a beauty product from France?
Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream
During the Winter months especially, I use this Avène hand cream every morning. It’s incredibly moisturizing, creamy, and helps my dry skin. The company claims this hand cream lasts through 5 hand washings.
I have found this to be much cheaper in Paris than in the states so I stock up when I can. This is also a great gift to give as well.
I would love to know if there are any French beauty products you have in your morning routine. I always love hearing about something I need to try.
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