In January, I gave you a report on some of the items I’ve tried on Gwyneth Paltrow’s French Pharmacy List. Are you ready for installment number 2? First up, let’s talk about:

Biafine
I love how this feels on my face! It’s actually intended for minor burns and rashes, but those in the know use it as a beauty product too. In fact, look what I read here: Sylvie Tellier, a former Miss France who now runs the Miss France competition, uses Biafine as a face mask. “I love it,” she says. “It makes my skin glow and is really hydrating.” It’s a bargain for a big tube — about $10.

Note: The tube I purchased looks different than the one on Gwyneth’s list, but I was told it was the exact same formula; only the packaging had been updated.

Avène Eau Thermale Water Spray
This sounded kind of hokey to me (a soothing water spray? how about water!), but it turns out I really like it. Gwyneth mentions makeup artists use it to keep makeup in place, and I like it for the same reason. But I’ve also tried it when I’m feeling overheated or stressed, and it’s calming and quite lovely. If you live somewhere HOT, I’ll bet you would especially like this product. Find it on Amazon here.

Homeoplasmine
This feels like a more refined vaseline. It’s made for skin irritations — especially chapped noses — and it works remarkably well. One friend told me that she uses it for cuts and abrasions. She rubs some on the skin before adding a band-aid, and the skin heals twice as fast.

I like it on chapped knuckles, and I find myself reaching for it as a hand cream sometimes. It’s not too heavy, not too light. I can’t find a U.S. site that sells it, but here’s a UK shop.

Cica Biafine Hand Cream
Extra Bonus! This isn’t on Gwyneth’s list, but I like Biafine so much, I decided to try their hand cream. It has a wonderful scent and has been perfect for my winter-damaged hands. You can find it here.

Well, what do you think? Is there one of these that looks particularly appealing to you? Have you tried any of these products already? Please do share!

P.S. — Find part one of this series here.