Beauty

Oh là là: 6 beauty products French women use every day

We’ve found the secret to their amazing skin and hair, so you’re one step closer to looking c’est magnifique!

By Alexis Teasdale

It's a universal fact that French girls exude the sort of 'je ne sais quoi' that the rest of us are obsessed by.

From Caroline De Maigret, Jeanne Damas to iconic beauty Brigitte Bardot, their reputation for being chic is very much warranted.

Here in Australia, Pinterest has seen a huge 430 per cent increase in saves for 'French haircut' ideas. See? Obsessed.

Whether it be their style commandments, their perfect hair or their impeccable brows, we are all about coveting French girl beauty.

Here are six products French women use every day. [Mentally adds everything to cart]

1. How to get that glow

You know micellar water, right? Of course you do, it's become the must-have product for just about everyone we know. But, did you know that micellar was born in France?

It all came about because the tap water in Paris was really harsh on women's skin, so when they would cleanse it was stripping their faces and leaving it dry. Big. Problem.

In comes the French brand Bioderma with a solution – a water that women could swipe over their faces that would cleanse the skin, without having to be rinsed off. It was also completely pH-balanced, so it could be used even on the most sensitive of sensitive skins. The water was called Bioderma Sensibio H20 – the world's first micellar water, and the beginning of a huge new skincare category that would take the world by storm.

That was in '95, and these days, a bottle of that very same Sensibio H2O sells every three seconds world-wide. Yep, you read that right. These days you can find different versions of their famous micellar, including one for acne prone skin and dry skin too.

Bioderma Sensibio H20, $21.99.
Bioderma Sensibio H20, $21.99.

2. The life (OK, hair) saver

The French really know their beauty innovations! They were the very first to create dry shampoo, with Klorane created in 1971, intended for new mothers to use in hospital. Genius. Now, one bottle of Klorane Dry Shampoo, from $7.95, sells every 10 seconds around the world and really, with its super-fine formula that transforms hair in seconds, it's no wonder.

Klorane Dry Shampoo, from $7.95
Klorane Dry Shampoo, from $7.95

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3. A mist with more

A thermal water spray's obvious use is to rehydrate the skin with a quick mist - at your desk, by your bed, you can even spray it all day long if you like. But the French gals trick? Lightly misting over makeup to keep it in place. Oui, oui!

Uriage Thermal Water Spray, from $8.99.
Uriage Thermal Water Spray, from $8.99.

4. A glossy finish

A cult classic and loved by celebrities and French women alike, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Gold, $32.99, is multipurpose and looks amazing in hair and on skin. It leaves a sheer shimmer, while the ultra-concentrated formula of nourishing oils leaves them hair glossy and skin silky.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Gold, $32.99
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Gold, $32.99

5. Acing the base

Known as the '24-hour miracle cream' this moisturiser is a favourite of makeup artists around the world! Until it was available in Australia (thank goodness it is now!) they would stock pile it whenever they were in Europe, but why makeup artists you ask? Because the all-natural soothing balm makes the perfect base, and it's soothing enough for all skin types.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $35.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $35.

6. The multi-purpose wonder

This is one of those products you would find in every French woman's beauty cabinet! What originally was made to be a medicated balm for irritated skin, is now one of those multi-purposes classics that all chic women use for everything from flaky skin to dry cuticles and of course, an awesome lip treatment before slicking on a bold red shade.

Homeoplasmine Cream, $10.99
Homeoplasmine Cream, $10.99

For French beauty without the Euro conversion, head to the French Beauty Co. and say au revoir to crazy marked up prices. Everything is shipped direct from France, so you know the product is the best quality. 
Merci!