Uncovering the French Secret to Beautiful Skin

Darphin Paris Product Review - Politics of Pretty

I’ve always had a fascination with French women. Not only are they stylish, but they sport cute handbags and can eat copious amounts of croissants with no guilt whatsoever. They also happen to have amazing skin. What’s their secret? No, seriously, if you know the answer, please let me know. Because I’m just your typical American beauty blogger who daydreams about living the Parisian lifestyle. I mean, did you see my bridal shower theme on Style Me Pretty?

Anyways, I was recently gifted with a handful of Darphin Paris skin products. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried their products, but if you’re not familiar with the brand, Darphin is crafted and developed in France using botanical and plant based ingredients. A little bit of science + plant-based ingredients = luxe, beautifully packaged skincare.

Darphin Paris sent me four different products to try and review: Hydraskin Rich, a daily moisturizer, Organic Rose Aromatic Care, an essential oil elixir designed to brighten and soothe skin, Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, a cult classic that soothes skin, and their Eye Sorbet Mask (one of my favorite products that I’ve written about before on the blog).

If you have year-round dry skin, nothing feels quite as nice as slathering on Hydraskin all over your face, like your skin just took a big gulp of water. It also has a light floral scent (I’d like to think it’s the natural shea and mango butters) so I covet this moisturizer even more. I’ve also been a long-time fan of the Darphin Paris Eye Sorbet Mask—I apply it in the morning and glides on so smooth while it works its magic to turn back time.

The INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum is new to my skin routine (but apparently a long-time cult classic). This high-potency serum really has worked wonders to calm my complexion when my skin is irritated (after I take a shower or come back from the gym, when I’m stressed or when I’m outside for long periods of time). It’s infused with chamomile and peony extract, not to mention, it looks pretty in pink. I’ve been applying this on occasion at night before Hydrarich and I love the dewy glow I get when paired together.

Rose Aromatic Care is used at night on the face and neck to help hydrate, soften, smooth, and protect skin against free radical damage. I’m a believer that it works but I’m not a fan of the scent—I couldn’t detect any rose essence. It could be different for others but if the scent was more appealing, I think I would be more inclined to use it.

Explore these and more Darphin Paris products below!

Photo by Stacy Bauer

Have you tried Darphin Paris products? Have a favorite product? Leave me your recs in the comments!