Beauty bloggers have been singing the praises of the French pharmacy brand La Roche Posay for a few years now. It took me a while to give into the hype, but ever since I started sampling the other French brands they share the shelves with – Vichy and Avène, to name a few – I can see why they’re all so popular!
If you haven’t spotted them before in Boots, they’re easy to single out when you know what to look for. The products usually have white, minimalist packaging, and very chic French-sounding names, like “UV Légère” and “Idealia”. Oooh.
At about £15-£20 on average, they’re at a pretty perfect price point à mon avis: that middle ground between cheap and blah drugstore options and premium brands like Clarins and Clinique.
And best of all, even though they’re “pharmacy” brands by trade, the ingredients are as well thought-out as the premium options.
The vast majority are paraben-free, for starters. Then you get onto labels like “non-comedogenic” and “hypoallergenic”, spot-busting ingredients like salicylic acid, moisture-locking gems like hyaluronic acid, added vitamins to prevent wrinkles, and both UVA and UVB protection.
Finally, most of the lotions and potions are fortified by some kind of thermal spa water. Although I’m not entirely sure what that means.
Either way, I’m hooked. And my skin is happy.
So if you’re currently shelling out for premium skincare options, or fancy stepping up from Nivea and Simple, why not give the frenchies a go?
Vous ne regretterez rien.