There’s just something about French women. After all, the phrase ‘je ne said quoi’ was literally written about them. And as the originators of chicness in all forms, it’s no surprise that the world is constantly clamoring to know their secrets.
How do they achieve that perfectly tousled hair? Why do they always look so perfect with minimal makeup? How do they eat bread and cheese and still look like that? We don’t have all the answers, but we do have a few for you. The key to unlocking the French beauty secrets lie in the pharmacy. Similar to how we all have our favorite beauty products in various Rite-Aid, CVS, and Walgreens aisles all across America, the French women have theirs in the pharmacies. Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to be in Paris to swoop all the best stuff.
French women love to moisturize. Many claim it’s the secret to why their skin always looks so good. So it’s no surprise that some of the most beloved cult favorites are moisturizers. There’s the Embroylisse Lait Concentrate, which is a light gentle moisturizer that makeup artists love to use to prep skin. It’s also great for sensitive skin, and the perfect weight for summer and sweatier temperatures.
Caudalie is a brand you might’ve heard before, because it’s available at a number of American retailers like Sephora now. However, their Vinosource Sorbet started out (and still remains) on the pharmacy shelves.
And that perfectly tousled French hair? Dry shampoo. Washing your hair too often strips it of essential oils. But no one wants to walk around with greasy looking hair. One or two spritzes of Klorane, and your hair will look freshly washed but still maintain a little bit of texture that makes French women’s hair so irresistible.
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