They may be halfway across the world from us, but the French never fails to pull us into their trendy lifestyles. Apart from their famous macaroons and cafe culture, Parisiennes have a strong hold on us even in the beauty department. Who doesn't want to cop the effortless beauty of a French girl, right? And to give to credit where it's due, here are nine products we swear by now after being well-loved by the belles of Europe:
1. Micellar Water
Known for their simple beauty routines, the French aren't big fans of traditional facial cleansing. They prefer using micellar water, which was originally made to avoid being in contact with tap water grime. Plus, it's the perfect solution for girls who are too lazy to wash their face before bedtime!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, P149, PCX
2. Thermal Water
Thermal water products are basically supercharged facial mists. The water used for them are rich in minerals that soothe the skin and give it any nutrients it might lack. And what better motivation is there to make you do a quick spritz?
Avene Thermal Spring Water, P852, Watsons
3. Dry Oil
Nothing says French beauty more than an all-purpose product, and such is the case for dry oil. It contains a long list of essential oils that will undoubtedly nourish your skin, hair, and nails, but most of all, it comes in a handy spray that dispenses a non-sticky product!
Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, P995, Beauty Bar
4. Cream Moisturizer
If the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré already looks familiar to you, it's because it's a true beauty cult favorite. Makeup artists, celebrities, and beauty editors alike swear by this basic yet powerful moisturizer that seems to do it all!
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $35, Sephora
5. Beauty Elixir
Beauty elixirs are meant to be a serum-mist hybrid that tightens pores and provides a youthful radiance. And although it looks like an unnecessary and extra step, it can give a skin boost to anyone who prefers to skip generic skin care!
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18, Sephora
6. Nourishing Lip Balm
In a region where the cold bites through your skin and water is quite sparse, a hydrating lip balm is a pleasure to have on hand. Especially if that lip balm is infused with honey and essential oils, absorbs quickly, and retains moisture all day, the French will be onboard with you.
Nuxe Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, P650, Beauty Bar
7. Ointments used as Lip Balm
Homeoplasmine is an all-purpose ointment that acts a lot like aloe vera, only it's more moisturizing. Many French people like to use it as an alternative to lip balms, and some even turn it into a moisturizing lip mask!
IMAGE New London Pharmacy
Homeoplasmine Cream, £11.99, Amazon UK
8. Shea Butter Hand Cream
There's no place in the world for dry hands, so in desperate times, best believe that shea butter can come to your rescue. This type of hand cream is popular all over the world for being non-sticky and it would make a brilliant gift idea for anyone. It's that good.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, P1550, Rustan's
9. Strong Hold Hairspray
Ask any professional hairstylist you know what their favorite hairspray is, and nine times out of ten, it will be this one. It's the toussled French girl hair's secret to staying put all day!
L'oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray, $14.99, Ulta