If You Open a French Girl's Medicine Cabinet, You'll Find This Skincare Brand

If you’ve ever been to Paris, you know the absolute joy that is a French pharmacy. While there are plenty of sights to see and cafés to people-watch at, a stop at a French pharmacy is an absolute must for anyone who’s interested in skincare. The shelves inside any French pharmacy are lined from ceiling to floor with the absolute best products for simple, straightforward, and affordable skincare.


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Many cult-favorite products and brands, like Biafine and A313, aren’t available in the United States without a prescription. There are a few French pharmacy brands, however, that are readily available stateside. One of those brands is the beloved, thermal water-infused skincare brand Avène.

Avène has been around since 1736—nearly 300 years ago. The brand all started with a thermal spring in the town of Avène, when a horse with alopecia would roll in the water to soothe its skin. From there, people began to realize the thermal water’s healing properties for skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and eczema. 

Now, Avène makes products that everyone can use to unlock their best skin. Each of the brand’s products is laced with the thermal water that put it on the map. Avène makes products for everyone, but it's especially beneficial for anyone with sensitive or otherwise irritated skin. The brand has become such a staple that every single beauty editor at Who What Wear has a favorite—keep reading to see which Avène products we simply couldn’t live without.


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Katie Berohn, Associate Beauty Editor


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Erin Jahns, Beauty Director


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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.