Great Skincare at Good Life Pharmacy Kampala

I don't have to tell you how difficult it is to find great skincare in Kampala. I usually shop in Nairobi and online.

A few weeks ago, I was in Acacia Mall for the first time in months. I noticed Good Life Pharmacy on the first floor. I nearly jumped for joy, they carry some great brands.

Here is what I saw and liked on the shelves:

Face Care

For Cleansing

Cleansers generally come in two categories: 1st cleansers and 2nd cleansers. 1st cleansers get rid of oil soluble stuff like SPF and makeup while 2nd cleansers get rid of the residue from the first cleanse, sweat and other water soluble gunk.

Some people prefer using one type or both types in their routine.

1st cleansers

  • La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser

  • NIP + FAB Deep Cleansing Fix

  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra

2nd Cleansers

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser

  • Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

  • La Roche Posay Cleansing Micellar Foaming Water

If you're on the experimental side like I am, grab any of the feminine washes and use them as 2nd cleansers.

  • Beauty Formulas Feminine Wash

  • Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash pH 3.8

  • Vagisil pH Balanced Intimate Wash

  • V Wash Plus Feminine Wash

If you don't use cleanser in the morning, spritz the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water on your face and wipe away with a clean cotton round before continuing with the rest of your AM routine.

For Treating

Anti Aging

You need plenty of antioxidants and SPF in your routine to protect the skin from damage. Try:

  • Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Night Cream with Green Tea

  • Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment Serum

  • Olay Anti Wrinkle Firm & Lift Serum

  • La Roche Posay Ultra Light Anthelios XL SPF 50+ (used to be my fave Western SPF, then Murad Invisiblur happened).

  • NIP + FAB No Needle Fix Serum

Dehydration

Your skin is thirsty. Give it a drink of hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin from products like:

  • NIP + FAB Super Hydrating + Plumping Serum with Hyaluronic Acid + Dragon's Blood

  • NIP + FAB Instant Moisture Shot + Wrinkle Plump Effect Gel Mask with Hyaluronic Acid + Dragon's Blood

  • Sebamed Deep Cleansing Facial Toner

Dryness

Dehydration is lack of water, dryness is lack of oil. If your skin is dry, look for moisturizing ingredients like pure plant oils, dimethicone etc.

If you have normal to oily skin you need light moisturizers like:

  • Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel

  • Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturizer

If you have normal to dry skin, you need slightly heavier moisturizers like:

  • Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Cream

  • Aveeno Smart Essentials Nighttime Moisture Infusion

  • Eucerin Replenishing Cream 5% Urea with Lactate and Carnintine

  • Eucerin Intensive 10% with Urea Treatment Cream

  • La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

  • Sebamed Moisturizing Cream

Dullness and/or Rough Texture

You need exfoliants. Nothing beats exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid etc. Choose the:

  • NIP + FAB Glycolic Exfoliating Pads

  • NIP + FAB Skin Saviour Mask Set - Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask and Glycolic Instant Fix Mask

Excess Oil, Whiteheads and/or Blackheads

You need salicylic acid in your life. It penetrates the pore to remove the excess oil which would be the ‘food’ for bacterial acne. Try using:

  • Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Purifying Toner

  • Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2 in 1 Fight and Fade Toner

Eyes

If those late nights in the office are showing, try to reduce the dark circles with:

  • La Roche Posay Pigment Clar Eyes Anti Dark Circle Brightening Care

  • La Roche Posay Redermic C Eyes Anti Wrinkle Firming Moisturizing Filler

  • Aveeno Smart Essentials Anti Fatigue Eye Treatment

  • NIP + FAB Advanced Eye Cream with Bee Venom

If you don't have a main concern and simply want to find out whether eye creams are for you, try:

  • Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Eye Cream

  • La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Fluid for Face and Eyes

If you want to hydrate the eye area:

  • NIP + FAB Viper Venom Anti Ageing Eye Gel

  • La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes

Uneven Tone

Your skincare should have ingredients like niacinamide, Vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid, licorice root extract, azelaic acid etc. Find them in:

  • Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner

  • Simple Kind to Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream

  • Olay Total Effects Age Defying Moisturizer

  • La Roche Posay Redermic C Anti Wrinkle Firming Moisturizing Filler

Body Care

I neglect my body in favor of my face, a lot. You might too. Let's change that, shall we?

  • Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash

  • Sebamed Cleansing Bar

  • Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion

  • Sebamed Body Milk

  • Sebamed Repair Lotion with 10% Urea

  • Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10% Cutaneous Emulsion Urea

  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Body Lotion

If you have eczema and need that extra soothing oomph:

  • Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Cream

  • Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Creamy Oil

  • Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Lotion

  • Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion

  • Aveeno Skin Strengthening Body Cream

  • La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+ Lipid Replenishing Balm

Hands and Feet

We live in the tropics, our hands and feet need to always look ready for the beach or pool. These products will help:

  • Sebamed Hand + Nail Balm

  • Sebamed Cracked Heel Balm

  • Eucerin Intensive Foot Cream 10% Urea with Lactate

Have you been to Good Life Pharmacy Kampala yet? Or to the branch in Victoria Mall, Entebbe? What did you get?

Have you been to Good Life Pharmacy Kampala yet?