The Best of the European Drugstores: Facial Products
Overseas and into your beauty bag.
One of the many perks of being a college student abroad? The amazing selection of beauty products in the pharmacies that you can’t always find at your local US drugstore. Here are some of the best skin products I found in England, Greece, and everywhere in between. In addition to having reputable brand names, all of these products are natural and have done amazing things for my skin. Keep reading for my list of the best European drugstore facial products!
If you won't have time to travel to Europe to stock up on these, not to worry! I've learned that with a little bit of research, you can find tons of products in the U.S. that will do the trick.
Thanks to its laboratories in Greece, Apivita created this mask with 91 percent natural ingredients. The main ingredients are sea lavender, green tea, and organic aloe juice. You can get this hydrating mask in most major European countries, and luckily you can also buy it at the HTI Collection on Madison Avenue in NYC.
The U.S. Equivalent: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask
This water spray is perfect for dry, irritated skin. Not only does this mist relieve skin irritations like razor burn, but it also doubles as a facial spray that you can add to your makeup routine. Use it like professional makeup artists by setting your makeup in place. Avene products can be found in French pharmacies and shipped to the U.S. through Net-A-Porter.
The U.S. Equivalent: Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Yes, the name is a mouthful, but this multi-purpose dry oil does wonders for skin. Right after application my skin felt smoother and stayed moisturized all day. The best part is that you can use it in your hair and on your body. Good for all skin and hair types, you can buy this in French pharmacies or you can order it at Nuxe.com.
The U.S. Equivalent: Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil
Klorane has always been a favorite among European hair care brands, but they also sell awesome face care products like these patches from the cornflower line. Free of sulfates and sodium chloride, these natural eye patches help reduce puffiness while brightening the eye area. You can find these in department stores around Europe or on the Klorane website, which ships worldwide.
The U.S. Equivalent: Klorane Soothing Makeup Remover Wipes with Cornflower Water
Eminence is still is little-known brand in the United States, but this product sells out of European drugstores very quickly. The line uses organic fruit, herbs and flowers in its products, and the Bamboo Firming Fluid is no exception. The serum contains bamboo (for firming), coconut oil, chicory root, and tara tree as natural alternatives for retinol. You can get your own online on the Spa Boutique website or in Canadian drugstores.
The U.S. Equivalent: Eminence Eight Greens Youth Serum
Which of these facial products are you excited to try? Share with us in the comments below!