At Escentual, beauty is our everything and when you take skincare as seriously as we do, only the most genuine recommendations will do. With that in mind, to celebrate the start of our legendary French Pharmacy month (Up to 1/3 off all of your selected French skincare), we asked our incredible team to let you know what they’ll be buying this month.
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Product Pick: Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion
”Anyone who knows me well knows one of my biggest insecurities is my skin. Over the years I have tried endless products, any new lotion, many oils and body creams, my skin would stay hydrated for not more than a few hours. I’ve used everything on my skin but nothing has made a difference like this product. I wanted to share my experience with the Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion. I bought this product and as with most products touting far-reaching benefits, I tend to approach with scepticism. I started using the Transforming Body Lotion after showering by applying it to my main problem areas. After few weeks my skin was the smoothest it has ever been, it felt amazing! My recommendation: if you are suffering from dry skin this lotion is amazing, make your skin to look good. This is truly a magical body lotion.”- Nicoleta
What can Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion do for me?
You don’t have to suffer from lumps, bumps or chicken skin to use this body lotion. Famed for its gentle exfoliating properties, this softening body lotion re-texturises even the roughest of skin with its combination of alpha hydroxy acids and the LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex, which keeps skin soft for up to 12 hours.
Product Pick: Vichy Idealia Night Recovery Gel-Balm
I was sceptical when the Idealia Night Gel-Balm first came on the scene but after the first use, it convinced me to use this every evening a night time moisturiser. Over the last few years with life becoming more hectic, and with 8 hours of sleep becomes less of an option and more of a distant dream, this little beauty helps fight back the scars of missing out of a quality sleep cycle.
Its rich texture glides on the skin, working hard through the night to leave my skin looking less fatigued, whilst masking my poor night’s sleep. Each morning I wake looking well rested and ready to get on with my day, even if I feel like I could do with another few hours in bed, my skin looks great.
I apply dots around my forehead, cheeks and chin and rub in using small circular movements. A little really does go a long way so the little pot of magic takes pride on my nightstand.
What can Vichy Idealia Night Recovery Gel-Balm do for me?
If your sleeping routine is slightly haywire, Vichy’s Idealia Night Cream will be just what your skin needs to avoid the dulling effects of being kept awake when all you want to do is snooze. By stimulating your skin’s reparative biological functions, this clever night cream replicates the effects of 8 hours worth of sleep on the skin. Think radiance, softness and an overall healthy glow.
It takes a lot for me not to wear my foundation on holiday, but after being sick of it melting off my face in the heat I thought I needed to try something new. The Anti-Shine Gel Cream SPF50+ offered both protection from the sun and enough coverage for me to feel comfortable without my usual foundation. Its dry touch formula felt as if I was applying a primer, a breath of fresh air from other greasy sun protection offerings. It provided the perfect base to apply my blusher, lipstick and eye products with ease. My skin is extremely sensitive so I have to be careful about which products I use, so I was happily surprised to find that not only did La Roche-Posay Anthelios protect my skin from sun exposure but my skin also felt calm and cared for. Now it is my go-to product for every sunny destination. – Chloe
What can La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF50+ do for me?
If you’re looking for an SPF that keeps you both shine-free and protected from UV rays, you’ve found it with the Anti-Shine Tinted Dry Touch Gel Cream. Even the most sensitive of skin can enjoy the mattifying properties of this daily protector. Its subtle tint delicately blurs away imperfections whilst defending against premature ageing and pollution. You can also shop the non-tinted version here.
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Product Pick: Bioderma Sensibio H2O
“I’ll never forget the first time I bought Bioderma Sensibio H2O. I was on holiday in Paris and had heard so much about it that I dragged my boyfriend everywhere looking for a French pharmacy to buy it in. Luckily, all the running around was worth it because it’s now one of my holy grail products – nothing removes makeup quite like it! And what’s even better, in 2013 Escentual brought French Pharmacy skincare to the UK, so I can now get my favourite cleanser without racking up air miles.” – Ceryn
What can Bioderma Sensibio H2O do for me?
Speedy cleansing at its finest, there’s no need to compromise on comfort with the Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Made for the most sensitive skin and eyes, this gentle micellar water sweeps away even the most stubborn traces of impurities without any tingling or discomfort.
Product Pick: Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
”Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray has been a game changer for me. About a year ago it was hard to imagine the benefits that canned water could bring to my skin. It turned out this can of goodness is just what my skin has been looking for. The water emanates from a French spring and is naturally filtered into perfectly balanced Ph neutral water. Its hydrating and soothing properties make my skin feel calm and refreshed. I use it to control my redness-prone skin, to calm the sneaky break-outs, and to cleanse and refresh during hot summer days. My indispensable one.” – Cristina
What can Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray do for me?
Enriched in therapeutic ingredients, Avene’s Thermal Water Spray will do more for your skin that you could imagine. From soothing nappy rash and minor burns to acting as a refortifying skincare step between cleansing and moisturising, the Thermal Water Spray deserves a place in everyone’s beauty routine.
Product Pick: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray
“I’m a huge lover of multi-purpose products that will do a lot of the hard work for me, which is why my love for Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse knows no bounds. Before I tried this, I avoided oils completely – who has the time to wait until they absorb before they can get on with their day? Not me. Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil though, which means it not only does it melts into skin in a flash, but it also has a dry, non-greasy finish. I use this as a body moisturiser, hair treatment, on cuticles, mixed with foundation… the list is endless. Oh, and it smells absolutely divine too!”
What can Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil do for me?
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is one of those products that only enhances everything it comes into contact with, whether that be your hair, foundation or moisturiser. An instant boost for every beauty routine, this 98.1 % natural origin oil repairs and hydrates, whilst upping your glow game tenfold.
“This is my first time using La Roche-Posay Effaclar K+ and can truly say I have found my go-to daily moisturiser. I have heard amazing things about La Roche-Posay and I am very pleased with my results even after a week of using it. I’ve always suffered from oily skin and the occasional break out after wearing makeup. However, after using this moisturiser my skin has literally never been better. I use it as a primer underneath my makeup which now stays in place for longer and doesn’t make my skin look shiny. I also hardly get any breakouts and I can finally say I feel comfortable in my own skin.”
What can La Roche-Posay Effaclar K [+] do for me?
If blackheads and shine are amongst your biggest bugbears when it comes to your skin, La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar K [+] should be next on your to-try list. Ultra-mattifying, its refreshing gel texture targets bumpy skin texture and works to purify and re-balance skin without leaving it feeling dry or tight.
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Product Pick: Klorane Nettle Sebo-Regulating Dry Shampoo
There’s a common meme I get tagged in that says ‘90% dry shampoo’ and I’m not afraid to admit that that’s me, but it’s only since I started using Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo. Now a daily necessity to preserve my colour (I wash my hair once a week) and fake fresh volume after post-gym sweats, I can honestly say the Nettle Dry Shampoo is unlike any other I’ve tried. It doesn’t make me itch, it blends with my hair colour perfectly and it actually feels like it’s doing its job rather than just plying your head with dust. Finally, a dry shampoo that feels like it isn’t drying up my scalp!
What can Klorane Nettle Sebo-Regulating Dry Shampoo do for me?
Oily scalp causing you problems? If time is of the essence and your hair takes too long to wash and dry, then Klorane’s Nettle Dry Shampoo will be a welcome addition to your routine in between washes. Unlike other dry shampoos on the market, this one is infused with nettle extract, a natural astringent that absorbs excess grease and helps to limit your hair’s oil production over time.
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