Discovering A New French Pharmacy Brand…You are no beauty or skincare junkie if you’re not aware of the cult that is the French pharmacy. This skincare-conscious market is more about effective and affordable products than leading with gimmicks or overly fancy packaging. It’s where science and nature come together offering solutions for every skincare need. Whether it’s the beauty favourite Bioderma, or the cult classic hair and body oil by Nuxe, I always enjoy coming back to these tried and trusted brands. And I’m even more amazed that just when I thought I knew about every French pharmacy brand out there, another one takes me by surprise.
SVR Laboratoires is a new brand to the UK but is by no means new to the French pharmacy world. It was established back in 1962 by two pharmacists and was one of the first brands to bridge the gap between medical, problem-solving treatments and cosmetic skincare. SVR provide gentle solutions that focus on improving the quality of your skin. Their targeted ranges cover all skincare concerns such as acne, eczema and psoriasis to anti-ageing, hyper-pigmentation and dullness. I’ve been trying some of their products from the Physiopure and the Sensifine range and I’m ready to share my thoughts with you.
The Physiopure Range
The Physiopure range is a cleansing range, something I think the French pharmacy does best. It’s also the first cleansing range to use oxygenating magnesium. This star ingredient plays a key role in the cellular respiration process, thereby allowing your skin to breathe both during and after cleansing. Formulated for all skin types, I’ve been using the Physiopure Eau Micellaire and the Physiopure Tonique and you can view the rest of the range here.
A Mild, Yet Effective Cleansing Water
I love cleansing waters. It often features in my Basic Skincare Routine not least because it’s a quick and effortless way to remove makeup, but it’s effective too. Up until recently I’ve sworn by my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and the other French pharmacy favourite, Bioderma, but this is just as good.
Although some would argue that all micellar waters are the same, I do notice differences. The Eau Micellaire feels soft and nourishing. The mild formula glides across the skin, gently removing all traces of makeup.
Refreshing yet soothing at the same time, it also does an excellent job at removing my mascara and lipstick without that tugging or rubbing experienced with some cleansers. There’s no tacky residue afterwards and as I would expect from any cleanser, my skin is left clean without feeling stripped. My preference is to use micellar water as my first cleanse but on those lazy days, this is just as effective.
A Refreshing Toner
Toners aren’t something I use religiously but I do like to incorporate them into my skincare routine every so often. Again, mild in formula this facial toner is refreshing to use so it’s great for the mornings when you need a wake-me-up. Not only that, but at night it does a good job at removing the last traces of makeup
Like the Eau Micellaire, this doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky afterwards and the two are an excellent combination. Overall it provides a good base for my skin, making my moisturisers, serums and oils sink into the skin better.
The Sensifine Range
The Sensifine range was developed with a dermatological allergy specialist and is deemed to be 100% safe for intolerant skin. Even those who don’t have particularly sensitive skin will enjoy that there are no unnecessary ingredients and the range is free from fragrance, alcohol, parabens and mineral oil formula. I’ve been trying out the Sensifine Creme and the Sensifine Micellar Eye Gel Ultra Soothing.
A Calming & Soothing Moisturiser
I have a few moisturisers in rotation and this is one of them. Even though my skin isn’t sensitive or intolerant by any means, the absence of unnecessary ingredients makes it universally appealing.
Simple but oh so effective, this moisturiser is particularly great for those with normal to combination skin. However, even on my slightly drier forehead this provides the right level of moisture. It’s also an excellent base for my makeup and my skin feels comfortable throughout the day.
I do find myself turning to this regularly, particularly now as we head into warmer days. Since my skin tends to get oilier as the seasons change, I prefer something more lightweight and this is perfect. The tube and pump applicator style packaging is genius – hygienic and dispenses just the right amount of product.
A Cooling Eye Makeup Remover
I don’t normally use a separate eye makeup remover as I find micellar water does a good job. However, I have been enjoying this jelly-like eye makeup remover as it doesn’t irritate the eyes at all. Also, as someone who does suffer from dryness around the lashes, this works wonders at keeping my eye area hydrated.
As mentioned, I do think the Eau Micellaire is just as good at removing my eye makeup but if you prefer a separate eye makeup remover, then this is a good one to check out.
Overall I am very impressed with both these ranges and as we are accustomed to seeing with the French pharmacy brands, the packaging is clean and simple. SVR deliver products that do what they say and the mild formulations make it an ideal choice whatever your skin type or skincare needs.
Their products are available at Feel Unique and I would recommend checking out their range. x
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