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Sun, sea and sailing can be tough on the ol’ epidermis. So I was elated to discover a local pharmacy in Split selling hand-blended skincare that will help refresh my salty-sea-dog complexion.
These creams and serums are developed in on-site laboratories, by licensed and experienced pharmacists only. Without getting too technical, they contain all those lipid-replenishing, collagen-encouraging compounds that are present in the most expensive, prestigious skincare brands. However, they are a quarter of the price of branded, off-the-shelf products that saturate the pharmaceutical sector. Croatia is one of the countries today that still has a proud pharmaceutical scene; with strong legislations in place that dictate the number of pharmacies (or Ljekarna) allowed within an area and even the most common drugs, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, can only be purchased from a licensed pharmacist.
I met with PHD of pharmacy, Damir Stapić of Ljekarna Olujić, to find out a little more. He said, “Customers are getting a cosmetic medicine from a source they can really trust.”. Thirty-year-old, Damir, initiated this project around 9 months ago as a result of his love for the science involved in pharmacy and his desire to diversify from other pharmacies. The range has gained a loyal customer following; fast. The product range is limited, but each product has been painstakingly perfected. Damir said his “female colleagues are ruthless quality testers, giving honest and useful feedback.”; allowing him to perfect the quality of the product while keeping a close eye on maintaining an affordable price.
Classics ingredients in the range include almond oil, evening primrose and lavender oil. While some newer, high-tech and in vogue technologies include collagen, hyaluronic acid, ceramide complex, retinol, green algae and cotton oil. All ingredients are 100% natural, with no parabens. The next, sea-worthy product on the design board is a cooled, water spray infused with refreshing, natural extracts. I chose the intensive hydrating serum; a delicately scented, intensive, yet easily absorbed liquid that my sailor skin gratefully soaked up. A custom-made skincare product; Damir even added a little carrot oil after he advised me that it contains a natural SPF of around 5%. I paid a bargain price for otherwise expensive, active ingredients and I felt good about supporting local Croatian trade. Now… back on that sea to do some more damage!