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If I had to narrow it down, I’d say the top three things I love about the French are their buttery croissants, their fashion, and well, French pharmacies that are loaded with skincare goodies of every kind. While the first two are best experienced in France, the beauty products have now travelled across seas – the top French beauty products are available in India. 

What’s amazing about them is that French skincare products are more dermatological in nature, have a clinical bend, and allow for one to follow a minimalistic but effective routine. Results are what they focus now. After all, it’s said that the French invented the facial.


I’ve learnt some beauty lessons every time I’ve visited Paris, and the best one is to keep your beauty regimen concise and effortless. The French hate using too many products, and follow a routine that is small, detailed yet effective. It’s all about quality versus quantity, and the fact that their products have a global fan following only goes to prove the same. Another thing I took away from my visits is to be committed to a regime. To stick to what works for your skin and not be too adventurous. There is merit in that – why change something that your skin responds to well? After all, finding a routine that shows results doesn’t happen overnight.

So how should you do get started on your ideal skincare routine? From micellar waters to dry oils, here are the top French beauty products in India to help you get started. 


Where to buy:

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, Rs 660, Available at Jean Claude Biguine 

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Stimulating Plant Extract with Essential Oils, Rs 3,200

Uriage Crème Lavante Cleanser, Rs 1,560

Filorga Time-Filler Absolute Wrinkles Correction Cream, Rs 5,600  (approx)

Biologique Recherche P50, Rs 7,400 (approx), Available at Kosa Wellbeing 

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles and Firmness Ultra Plumping Serum, Rs 2,500

Algotherm Algo Blanc Cleansing Clarifying Lotion, Rs 1,899

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, Rs 2,200

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.