Eau Thermale Avène
Background: The heritage of this European brand began dates back to 1975, when Pierre Fabre, the second-largest independent pharmaceutical company in France, acquired a spring rich with precious minerals and all of the surrounding land. In 1990, the Avène Hydrotherapy Center—which is connected directly to the source of the spring—opened with modern-day facilities to accommodate up to 2,000 patients. The dermo-cosmetic brand is based on the belief in the healing and soothing benefits of this thermal water, which serves as the base for all of their products.
Try: Avène Thermal Spring Water ($18), Avène High Protection Tinted Compact ($34),
Buy: We’re including this brand in our round-up because it’s technically a drugstore brand in Europe, since it’s sold in French pharmacies. In the U.S., you can buy Avène products on Drugstore.com, Dermstore.com, and various beauty retailers and dermatologist offices across the nation.