French Pharmacy shopping

Ladies, I have returned to my local village in the French Alps, finding time to make a visit to my all time favourite local pharmacy. What I love about local pharmacies, is that because they are independent, they have the opportunity to buy whatever they like and each one therefore has lovely interesting things. 

Below I have listed some of my favourite products..

LA ROCHE-POSAY

It’s always a joy to see a bigger range of one of my favourite brands, La Roche- Posay which is a French pharmaceutical brand. They have different ranges that target almost all types of skin issues. As a pharmaceutical brand, they first begun focusing on medicinal products, but now specialise more in beauty and skincare. Below are some of my favourite.

Redermic range

This is a retinol-based range that corrects the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.

Redermic R Corrective UV SPF 30

Contains 0.3% retinol which boosts and helps in resurfacing the skin tone. This is a great starting cream as it has low levels of retinol. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which is a small type of molecule that can penetrate through the layers of the skin and travel deeper into the epidermis, in turn giving way for the healthy cells to rise and reach the upper layer of the skin.

Substiane Range

A range that aims to increases volume and elasticity of dry skin.

Substiane Eyes De- Puffing replenishing care

A key in this product is the xylose anti-aging ingredient called pro-xylane. This is a new formula that Lancome has developed in 2006, specifically for women over forty. It works by transmitting nerve signals to the younger cells to produce more collagen therefore increasing the elasticity and adding more volume to the skin.

Lipikar Range

A body range of emollients for very dry-prone skin.

LIPIKAR BAUME AP+ 400ml

Some of us might suffer from dry skin all year around while others only have problems during the winter season. This great new product, Lipikar Baume AP+  targets flare-ups of severe dryness and hydrates the skin instantly. The key ingredient that makes this balm so magical are the Aqua posae filiformis, which works to restore the skin’s natural barrier against pathogens that would normally cause irritation.

Pigmentation Range

 Targets dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Pigmentclar UV SPF 30

I use this in the sun along with Heliocare 360 gel. This corrective daily moisturiser with SPF  30 protection targets the appearance of dark spots, making the complexion look more radiant. It contains a key ingredient called PhE-Resorcinol, a compound that is rich with ferulic acid and ginkgo. Ginkgo is a plant extract that contains high levels of quercetin, a common powerful antioxidant that helps remove dead skin cells and dark patchy areas.

Toleriane Range 

Designed for very sensitive skin. It’s good for allergic and atopic skin and claims to make the sensitive skin less sensitive over time.

TOLERIANE ULTRA Volume Extreme mascara

I love this mini travel size mascara as it brings volume to your eyelashes, it contains Ceramide which acts like a glue to hold onto water molecules, forming a protective layer that hydrates the lashes and retains moisture. This mascara contains arginine and pro-vitamin B5 which also strengthens for more visible and thicker lashes.

TOLERAINE ULTRA 40ml

The ingredients which make up this cream include shea butter and soothing thermal spring water. Shea butter is a superfood, naturally rich in vitamins A and E which hydrates and nourishes dry skin.

Hydraphase Range

Aims to tackle tired and de-hydrated looking skin.

HYDRAPHASE INTENSE MASQUE 50ml

This is a great re-hydrating mask that soothes and nourishes dry skin. Thermal spring water has therapeutic properties that tackle congested and dehydrated skin as it’s naturally pure and rich in mineral salts. I love this mask because it’s easy to use, smells neutral but pleasant.

NUXE

Nuxe is a skincare brand that was discovered in the 1990s by an inspiring female entrepreneur Aliza Jabes. Most of her products are plant based. I love their products primarily because of the distinctive smell of Rose petals and miraculous benefits on not only skin, but hair.

Gentle Toning Lotion with Rose Petals 200ml

AVENE

This range has an interesting story behind it. In 1736 upon discovery, thermal springs appeared to hold special healing powers when a horse that suffered from itchy skin, was cured by bathing in this river. Avene caters for extremely sensitive skin and their products are strictly hypoallergenic.

PhysioLift Wrinkle Filler 15ml

WELEDA

This brand started in the 1920s and all their products are based on herbs and flowers. The lavender oil is delicious and the rosemary is ideal if you want a kind of revival. This oil is ideal after a day of skiing for a relaxing bath before bed.

Rosemary Invigorating Bath Milk 

Contains rosemary oil, a natural ingredient which acts like a stimulant to promote blood circulation. This helps reduce soreness and tension when you are tired. This bath product contains rosemary oil which comes from a plant extract. They are milks rather than oils so they don’t leave that greasy feeling on you skin

Huile relaxante a la lavande

Another genuine product that I love from this range is the Huile relaxante a la lavande body oil. This lavender oil is brilliant to use when you want to relax after a long and stressful day at the office. It has outstanding soothing properties and encourages harmony between the body and the mind.

KLORANE

Klorane is a brand that holds a great passion for plants and nature. It was founded in 1965 after a group of botanists and pharmacists observed and cultivated plants, to extract the original active ingredients that make up their wonderful hair products.

Extra Soft Oat Milk Shampoo 150ml

I love this convenient product as it is ideal for those in a hurry every morning.

P.s Ladies I apologise for the bad video quality, the service in my local village was not that great..

4 replies
  1. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    I love French pharmacies. We tried Weleda’s Pine Bath Milk on your recommendation from your last trip and it was so great to have during dreadful colds. Very curious to know what you think of the Substiane eye product. Merci !

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  2. maria Lourdes
    maria Lourdes says:

    I hate Welleda. Not long ago I bought a body cream at the supermarket in a hurry, I hated it. I didn t want to throw it away. Fortunately I finished it a couple of days ago.

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