11 Cult-Favorite French Beauty Products You Can Buy Online

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As someone who tests and reviews droves upon droves of beauty products for a living, one of the best parts of being a beauty editor is finding an innovative product that originates from somewhere across the world. And although I admire all cultural aspects of beauty culture, I'll admit I'm a bit partial to K-beauty, and of course, French beauty products.

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According to my France-dwelling friend, a trip to Paris is not considered complete without two things: visiting the Eiffel Tower and exploring a French pharmacy. French pharmacies have long been a treasure trove of skincare gems—the ingredient lists are short, the products non-irritating, and the chic packaging gives your shelfies an undeniable dose of French chic. While I've never actually been to France (it's on the top of my post-COVID bucket list), I do have access to a pretty solid selection without having to travel overseas, thanks to my job. From cult-classic brands like Bioderma to Klorane to more obscure gems like Le Petit Marseillais, these are some of my favorite French beauty products that you can order from the comfort of your couch.

Pause Well Aging Fascia Stimulating Tool

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This little guy is a godsend for tech neck symptoms: The FDA-cleared medical device brings blood flow to the neck and jaw, diminishing puffiness there and keeping the area from becoming stiff and inflamed.

Payot New Glow Treatment

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This orange-colored gel serum is spiked with 12 percent vitamin C to dramatically lighten dark spots caused by sun damage, and bestow your complexion with glow for days.

Talika Therapy Patch Eye Masks

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My extremely tired, blue light-strained eyes have been loving these Talika eye masks. A 15-minute application adds an extra five hours of sleep (which I really need after watching hours of true crime documentaries). Even celebs love it—Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Missy Elliott, and Bill Murray, among others, have all been known to use it before a film or photo shoot.

Leonor Greyl Pre-Shampoo Treatment Oil

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It's no secret that water—especially the hard kind—is harsh on your hair. This hydrating pre-shampoo treatment oil nourishes dry, over-processed hair and protects your color inside the shower. It even guards against UV and chlorine, making it the perfect pool carry-on.

Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream

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I tend to be skeptical of overhyped products (this one is adored by makeup artists everywhere), but I finally took the plunge on Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté. It's hard to believe that one thing could work as a face cream, makeup primer, and face mask, but it really does, thanks to emulsifying hydrators and a soft-satin finish.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

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Caudalie has a lot of fan favorites, but this refreshing essence is a personal preference for the days when my face just feels a bit blah. A perfect duo, glycolic acid exfoliates while white peony extract brightens.

Bioderma Micellar Water

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We can't do a roundup on French beauty products without mentioning micellar water. Bioderma's formula has a cult following for a good reason—it removes makeup effectively without stripping the skin, and you don't have to do any additional cleansing after you use it.

Klorane Nourishing & Repairing Mask with Organic Cupuacu Butter

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French drugstore favorite, Klorane's newest mask is infused with cold pressed, organic cupuacu butter from the Amazonian rainforest, helping repair and strengthen hair long after you rinse it out. I like to use it as a traditional in-shower treatment, but it can also be used as an overnight mask, or for the driest hair, a leave-in cream.

Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Gel

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One wash with this citrus-infused shower gel instantly transports you to a dreamy French countryside. Despite the fragrance, it's made with a gentle, pH-neutral formula that doesn't irritate skin even for daily showerers.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Hand Cream

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Like most of us, I've been on the search for the perfect hand cream this past year. With La Roche-Posay's, it was love at first squeeze. A pea-sized dollop reverses the dryness caused by even the most stripping hand soaps, and the hydration lasts for hours without feeling like you have a layer of grease on your fingers.

Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water

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No, this isn't just water in a spray bottle. It's a mist infused with antioxidants that help soothe seriously dry skin. It even does a solid job of alleviating burns and eczema symptoms, which is a huge plus during flare-ups.

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