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Score these cult-fave French beauty products at stateside drugstores, stat

Rachel Lapidos

Rachel LapidosApril 3, 2019

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When I finally got to visit France for the first time a couple of years ago, the first thing I did was hit up a drugstore to scope out the all-hailed Parisian beauty treasures that are always gossiped and raved about here in the U.S. I wasn’t let down—in my shopping cart went all of the foreign skin-care gems I could get my hands on.

Ever since I’ve been back, though, I’ve dreamt about the French goodies that I didn’t get to buy. There are so many amazing brands and products across the pond, but I can only make it to Paris like…you know, once every few years, if that. The good news, though? French beauty products are now trickling into drugstores. Seriously.

You no longer have to save up for a flight in order to score French drugstore cult-favorite skin-care products, thanks to American megastores like Target, Costco, Walmart, and CVS. Which means that as you go to refill a prescription or pick up some toilet paper, you can also drop into the beauty aisle for some Parisian beauty superstars. Let me prove it to you—keep scrolling for the French drugstore products you can get at U.S. drugstores.

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Avene Rich Compensating Cream, $35 at Walgreens

There’s nothing so French as Avène, a Parisian drugstore staple known for using thermal spring water to soothe even the most sensitive of skin types. This cream is super hydrating and helps to restore your skin’s barrier and fight free radicals.

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Embryolisse Hydra Mask, $19 at Walmart

Another French drugstore beauty brand that is in practically every Paris pharmacy is Embryolisse. The Hydra Mask will zap dull skin back into a supple, moisturized state with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and panthenol.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $10 at Walgreens

There’s nothing that says French beauty like micellar water, AKA the water molecules that magically remove gunk from your pores. Bioderma’s the proforma version of the stuff, beloved by Parisians and sold at both Walgreens and Walmart stores.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 50, $34 at Target

So many derms recommend French beauty brand La Roche-Posay products, and for good reason. You can find them at practically any drugstore—including Target—and they make one of the best sunscreens in the biz.

 

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $29 at Walmart

There’s no chicer way to moisturize your body than with a dry oil, which soaks into your skin without the stickiness. Cult-fave brand Nuxe Paris’s version uses nourishing Tsubaki, almond, and hazelnut oils to hydrate. It’s *also* sold at Costco.

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Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Cream, $9 at CVS

Eucerin’s an OG French drugstore brand that you can also find in almost any drugstore. This soothing facial cream helps with dry and itchy skin with natural oatmeal.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $16 at Walmart

Celeb-beloved Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a face and body mist you can spritz yourself at any time of the day to feel more fresh and French. Bonus points for smelling amazing.

If you’re looking for more International beauty inspo, read about what it’s like to get pampered in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. And these are the 3 staple Japanese skin-care rituals that they swear by. 

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