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:
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.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
NIP + FAB Deep Cleansing Fix
La Roche Posay Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?