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No trip to Europe is complete without a run to the nearest pharmacy to look up skincare. Why do we love European skin care so much? Two words: minimal and effortless. With an alarming number of beauty products being launched, relaunched and created in India, we’ve lost track of basics – how many products do you really need? Which ingredients are effective? These are the questions that haunt you when you take a trip down Champs Elysees as you bite into those buttery croissants. Because everyone wants to take back a souvenir and a pharmacy-friendly cream back home. 

Korean Skincare

Pared down skincare is the new name of the game. Koreans have their 10-step regime, Indians love to indulge in lengthy, Ayurvedic retreats, Americans like well-packaged ideas and Europeans like to keep it minimalistic and result-oriented – that is, in fact the general perception. That’s why everyone who is traveling to Europe is always looking for the best options to pick up from pharmacies and spas. Plus, we already travelled all over Europe and made sure we found those definite crowd-pleasers and tested them out too. And to save you time and effort, we picked out these cult products that you can pick up without a debate in your head only because they are effective, popular and very easy to find. 

Nuxe Shimmer Dry Oil 

Well, Nuxe is a label that retails everywhere, in the smallest of pharmacies too. The brand’s lip balm and dry oil are already a hit but the gem of a product one must pick up is the Nuxe Shimmer Oil – a twist on the usual dry oil with such minute shimmer particles that give you highlighted, glowing, soft skin ever. Nuxe’s iconic multi-use oil is known to give you a sophisticated look, nourishes your skin along the way and reflects and catches light to highlight beautiful, well-taken-care-of skin. The nourishing bit comes in the form of sweet almond, camellia, borage, hazelnut, macadamia, and argan oils. And well, what’s the best bit about this? It’s never greasy and oily, just smooth and satin-y. 

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté

Cult doesn’t even begin to describe this beauty of a moisturiser that is notoriously known to make you buy a carton if allowed. The well-known French moisturizer has been a staple with celebs models, editors, and makeup artists alike and it also is used as a moisturiser, primer and makeup remover- the truest versatile product. The ingredients in this cream are shea butter and soy proteins – both used to hydrate and firm the skin while keeping the skin barrier protected. Perfect for those looking to treat sensitive, dehydrated and dull skin.

Filorga Meso-Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask

Take a trip to Italy and this mask is so sold in every pharmacy there and it’s worth the price. The cult face mask is known to contain skin-smoothing powers and will give your dry skin that plump and glowy look. Perfect for those looking at anti-aging options, this delicate cream enhances the glow and treats wrinkles to deliver radiant skin with no dullness. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Probably the most well-known dry shampoo in the world, Klorane is just what you need on a bad hair day. Infused with oat milk that soothes and protects while corn and rice starch help absorb excess oils – this product adds volume and lift to the hair in minutes. It’s really a lifesaver for the cold months so grab one because it lasts a long time. 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

As far as brightening serums go, this one has been on every beauty list ever. It’s cult, highly-rated and comes with a unique ingredient – the grapevine sap that is 62 times more effective than the usual vitamin C . That means, instant radiance with minimal hassle and the fact that it’s lightweight, and absorbs quickly adds to its charm. It’s also known to fade acne scars, pigmentation, treat melasma, and take care of sunspots. 

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood

Every fashionista’s favorite cleansing balm, Darphin’s popular balm is oilier and thicker and when you use warm water to wash it, it offers a steam wash – clearing your skin of all debris and grease. The product uses unique ingredients like Sage, Marula Oil, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood Essential Oils that nourish the skin and gives it a smooth finish. 

Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster 

Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster 

A new entrant into the French beauty list, this lightweight facial moisturizer from Vichy is not available in India at all. Perfect for sensitive skin, it contains mineralizing water and hyaluronic acid – both help in hydrating the skin and keeping it fresh and smooth while fighting stress and fatigue. We love the fact that it is a gel texture  – can be used by all skin types. 

Homeoplasmine Magic Cream 

Homeoplasmine Magic Cream 

This is by far the oldest and the most uncomplicated of products you can pick up in Europe. A similar feel like the Lait Embryolisse, this is a multi-use product and is extensively used by models, make up artists and celebrities. Seen as the “the ultimate balm” it soothes irritated skin, takes care of allergies and removes dry bits. We heard that people even use it under lipsticks so they stay on longer and apply matte.

 

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.