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found in your nearest pharmacy!

Living in Dubai has been a blessing in so many ways and everything is easily provided to its residents and visitors. With that said, it’s incredibly easy to find a whole variety of natural products from around the world. What I wish to mention in this post is a list of beauty items that aren’t typically used for cosmetic purposes. I have listed five useful products that are found in pharmacies:

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Aloe Vera Gel:

Price range: AED 40 – 100
Used for: burned, dry or scraped skin/ consumption

Some supermarkets may sell Aloe Vera drinks or plants, those are great too (of course, it might take a while to extract the gel from plants). Pure Aloe Vera Gel, however, can be a bit more expensive. I get mine from Fruit of the Earth for a very affordable price. Go check out their products.

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Price range: AED 50 – 80
Used for: facial moisture or toning/ consumption

No, I am not talking about the ones that you find at supermarkets or grocery stores. Mind you, those have essence of Damascena flowers only, which can even be a flavor or an additive. The rose water I am mentioning here is the one you find in pharmacies. The ingredients read: “pure rose water extract (hydro-distilled fresh Rosa Damascena) and/ or added moisture” often meant for cosmetic purposes. Yes, cosmetic rose water is different from the edible one. One good brand that you can find in pharmacies here, BioCham Damascena Water (also consumable when diluted).
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100% Vitamin E:

Price range: AED 80 – 170
Used for: skin repair, dry patches/ consumption

You might find products containing Vitamin E that help with repairing and improving skin quality. Vitamin E can be found in food sources such as nuts, seeds and vegetable oil or even gel capsules. If you’re looking for 100% Vitamin E oil, it might cost you a bit more than the capsules (that usually contain Soy derivatives). I purchase mine from a company called Cococare Products, Inc that have a whole range of gentle and organic beauty products.

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Argan Oil:

Price range: AED 50 – 150
Used for: moisturizing and toning skin/ hair application

I’m sure almost everyone knows the benefits of Argan Oil already; most hair or beauty products claim to have it as an ingredient somewhere in there. While these products can be effective, it’s best to aim for pure or virgin Argan Oil. You may find it for AED 50 at some local roastery or on Cococare Products, Inc‘s website for 100% Argan Oil.

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Price range: AED 10 – 50
Used for: moisturizing and cleansing skin

In case you didn’t know this already, pure glycerin is used in more products than you can imagine. Almost all creams, ointments, moisturizers and soaps contain a certain amount of glycerin. It’s an odorless, colorless and water-soluble substance that comes in a thick texture (like petroleum jelly) and acts as a bond between other substances. Glycerin, as well as vegetable glycerin, have a number of uses for skin application, which I came to learn about just recently from this site. The best part is, you can easily find glycerin in both supermarkets and pharmacies. Keep your eyes peeled for them!

 On a side note: read about how I use some of these products myself here.

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