7 "La Pharmacie" (AKA French Drugstore) Essentials You Need to Try

A seemingly-effortless glow awaits.

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By now you've probably heard about the fabled French drugstore. It is, after all, the not-so-secret secret behind Parisian women's envied no-makeup-necessary complexions. Teamed with a dedicated skincare regimen, these fail-safe hallmarks of la pharmacie (or, you know, the internet for us Americans) will give you a Léa Seydoux glow in no time. Trust.

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1 La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser

This thin gel cleanser is super gentle, yet effective for soothing irritation and clearing up breakouts without drying out the skin. Not to mention, it will get rid of every last remnant of makeup.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser, $14.99; amazon.com.

2 Boiron Homeoplasmine

Hailed the French version of Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream, this multi-purpose emollient is beloved for reviving sallow skin for a natural-looking glow, healing dry lips, priming the skin for a smooth canvas, and even working as a spot treatment.

Boiron Homeoplasmine, $10.80; amazon.com.

3 Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water

French women, especially those with sensitive skin, are obsessed with thermal water. This beloved spray is gentle enough for a baby and over 150 studies show that it effectively calms and softens skin. Talk about handbag-real-estate worthy...

Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water, $9; drugstore.com.

4 Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream

A less-expensive alternative to La Mer, this moisturizer is beloved by many a French woman as it's ultra-light to the touch, fast absorbing, and hydrating enough for even the most cold-weather-ravaged skin.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, $31; ulta.com.

5 Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

Put simply, eau micellaire is kind of everything in France. No washing required, it cleanses, nourishes, purifies, and tones the skin without harsh soaps, fragrances, or alcohol.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, $25.10; amazon.com.

6 NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

This multi-purpose golden elixir is a mix of six different oils (including sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, and macadamia) and can be used to nourish the face, body, and hair alike. No matter what you're using it for, a few drops is all it takes.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $29; target.com.

7 Rogé Cavaillès Nourishing Surgras Shower Gel

French women say its scent reminds them of St. Tropez, but the fragrance isn't the only draw of this shower gel. The pH-balanced formula is made of 100% natural wheat protein extract, AKA it's going to help heal your dry and flaky skin before you even hop out of the shower.

Rogé Cavaillès Nourishing Surgras Shower Gel, $23.96; amazon.com.

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