Although she turns 40 this year, Gwyneth Paltrow could pass for a woman in her twenties. The American actress has now disclosed the secret of her youthful appearance: she loves some products from French pharmacies. For French women, chemists aren’t just for filling prescriptions. They contain a cornucopia of cosmetic preparations and boutique beauty brands, many of them cashing in well under 20 euros. And they’re dead easy to find: in Paris there’s a chemist on almost every street corner. If their flashing green neon crosses don’t get your attention, the promise of a well-priced beauty miracle will.
Let’s go through her cosmetics cabinet:
No French make-up artist’s kit is complete without this ubiquitous pink tube, and models like Jessica Stam stock up on it whenever they visit the city of lights. The non-greasy salve is perfect for prepping the lips for lipstick and heals chapped skin in record time.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre
This cult cream is a true all-rounder. Slather it on thick for an intensive moisture mask, wipe it over make-up as a cold-cream cleanser or pile it on dry skin and let the soothing blend of shea butter, beeswax and aloe vera hydrate skin back to health.
Avène Eau Thermale Water Spray
A super soothing spray, perfect for cooling and refreshing when your skin is having a hissy fit. The whole range is designed for sensitive skin so doesn’t contain any nasties, and is pumped with über-hydrating thermal water.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s shock confession: “The best thing about living in England is discovering Boots!” She likes to use the Boots No. 7 r ange of make-up’s.