This summer, I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks in the South of France, and while I was thrilled to be going on the trip, I was less thrilled about packing. I always find packing for longer trips particularly stressful, as trying to anticipate what I’ll need that far out in a foreign place can be tricky. To help ease some of that stress, I decided to pack only my absolute must-have beauty products and just buy the rest once I got there. I was heading to France after all, and the French pharmacies are unmatched.
I narrowed down my beauty bag to contain just the essentials, my “can’t live without” products that I know I can rely on without the risk of irritation. As long as I had the basics covered in categories like serums and moisturizers, I could hit up the pharmacies for my other less risky product needs—body lotion, face wash, etc. The brands and formulas available in virtually any French pharmacy are the stuff of legends, but my skin is on the sensitive side, so sometimes, even incredible products just don’t work for my specific skin type.
My highly curated edit came down to just 10 products, and even I was impressed with myself. In full transparency, I’m referring to skincare only. This doesn’t include makeup—that would be truly impressive. Below, I’m highlighting the 10 products that made my vacation edit, plus the French pharmacy finds you can actually order in the U.S.