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10 French Beauty Products That Have Changed My Hair and Skin

I've never gotten more compliments in my life.

Although my travels have taken me to some incredible places in the last few years—London, Copenhagen, Vietnam, Iceland—France was still looming large on my to-visit list for obvious reasons (mostly cheese). So once I was *finally* confirmed for 72 hours in Provence and Paris a few weeks ago, I turned my attention to the most pressing of packing dilemmas: what beauty products would make the trip with me and what I would buy once I arrived.

Like most skin-care junkies, packing a suitcase for even the shortest of trips mainly consists of a million skin, hair, and makeup essentials stuffed into various bags and praying that TSA doesn’t throw anything out. You’ll never catch me on a trip without at least two cleansers, two moisturizers, a few serums, sunscreen, essence, spot treatments, eye cream… The list is extensive. And sure, people talk about French girls having super-minimal self-care routines, but I’ve yet to meet any woman who doesn’t appreciate a quality face oil or a luxe hair mask from time to time. With that in mind, I was determined to supplement my already robust skin-care regimen with the very best French products I could find.

Over the course of three days, to my surprise and delight, I had multiple people comment on how glowy my skin looked. By the time I had hit a few hallowed French pharmacies for more products (most of which are deeply discounted from their American prices), I’d learned how to say this essential phrase: J’aime les produits de beauté (I love beauty products) whenever someone asked what I was using. That’s a successful trip in my book. Check out the 10 French products I’ve been using to maintain the dewiest skin possible.

What I Brought With Me

Since I already have a few French skin-care staples that I swear by 100 percent, I knew I needed to bring them along to create the ultimate French girl beauty routine.

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CHANEL N°5 L’eau On Hand Cream: Thank god clear vinyl handbags are trending, because all I want to do is show off this brand-new hand cream from CHANEL. How cute is the little egg shape?! I piled it on my hands and arms throughout both flights and, because it’s classic N°5, I feel like my seatmates really appreciated it.

What I Brought Back

For me, being in a French pharmacy really was like being a kid in a candy store, except the candy can help clear your pores. This is everything that came home with me from Paris.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: I live for this shimmery body oil. Especially now in the summer when I’m tan (I wear sunscreen, I swear, but I do love a good bronze glow), this just makes your skin look like a delicious glazed donut. I highly recommend adding it to the ends of your hair as well.
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