The French have been known for their formidable cuisine, fashion and beauty. These notables are no coincidence. The French diet is markedly different from the American diet. French women have long enjoyed the French paradox, both sumptuous entrees and, according to the World Health Organization, longevity with less disability. The top French skin care products help French women supplement the skin health they promote through diet.
Yves Rocher is common in French medicine cabinets due to both its effectiveness and price. Yves Rocher also makes a men's product line. Prices are low, a fraction of the price of department store brands such as Clarins. According to the U.S. site, this is accomplished "by being Harvester, Manufacturer and Distributor." French women and men of the middle and upper classes find the Yves Rocher product line a skin-care staple. While Yves Rocher is not offered at Sephora, it could be said to be a French beauty secret.
Clarins products are found at department stores and the international beauty store Sephora. The Sephora site allows consumers to rate and comment on products. For example, the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, approximately $35 for 4.4 ounces, has rave reviews for the effectiveness of its gentle cleansing beads. Clarins customers laud the luxurious scent and feel of its products, which can make it easier to maintain a skin-care regimen. The company states that it was "the first beauty company to employ 100 percent pure plant extracts."
Organic Skin Care
Organic skin care is becoming increasingly sought after as the effects of chemicals on the skin and the environment are better understood. Yves Rocher's organic skin care line includes Culture Bio. The cleansing milk is made from organic plant extracts. A 6.7 ounce bottle of Culture Bio's cleansing milk is about $10 and the Ultra Matt Shine Reducing Moisturizer for day time is priced from $9 to $16.