French Summer Skincare Essentials

by olivia hoffman

© Fragonard

It is no secret that French women exude natural beauty. But how do they achieve that famous je ne sais quoi flawless look? It’s all in the skincare.


The mystery behind beautiful, glowing French skin is not much of a mystery after all. By simply protecting, moisturizing, and washing with natural products, perfect skin is not far out of reach.

With the strong rays of the summer sun and increase in outdoor activities, extra attention to skin health is of the utmost importance. Read on to see our picks* of our favorite natural French skincare products for hydration and protection.

*Click the photos to shop the product. If you see something you like that is offered on the MFCH Boutique, use code MFCHMAG10 to get 10% off your purchase!

Protect with Sunscreen

The first step to healthy skin is making sure it is properly protected! Pharmacies in France are stocked with high-quality sunscreen at this time of year. Tried and true classics are La Roche-Posay and Avène who specialize in natural formulas in a wide range of products. Some of our favorite skincare solutions come from the online-only French beauty brand Typology which has recently released a new complete “sun care” line. We highly recommend their products using aloe vera for total sun protection from face to body.

Cleanse with Body and Face Wash

No skincare routine would be complete without a good wash. The most decadent face cleansing formula can be found from luxury French beauty brand La Mer with their Cleansing Foam. On the MFCH Boutique, we have energizing citrus hand and body soap from Les Choses Simples made particularly for sensitive skin. You will also find a rejuvenating body scrub from Laboratoires du Cap Ferret which helps exfoliate the pores with organic ingredients.

Moisturize with Body and Face Lotion

Post sun exposure, moisturizing is key to keeping skin healthy and hydrated. Our favorite at this time of year is the Clinique Moisture Surge hydrating moisturizer to boost skin elasticity as well as the Fragonard face cream made with natural royal jelly.

For the body, luxury French beauty brand Goutal has a delicious “body milk” lotion enriched with shea butter and a French classic, Caudalie, offers an antioxidant-rich oil elixir that can be used on both body and hair.

For on-the-go moisturizing hand cream, we offer a mint hand cream from Rose et Marius on the MFCH Boutique. You will also find the cream in our Summer Travel Kit which includes a perfect selection of travel items for your next summer vacation!

Follow the lead of the French and get your skin glowing in no time!

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