Skin Care

By Andrea Toochin


I once read in a magazine that buyers in New York and Los Angeles have to accommodate the needs of their respective clients, according to lifestyle, for example handbags. Women in L.A. drive and there have their cars to store items; women in NYC are always on the go and take the subway or cabs, consequently, they live out of their pocketbooks. If this is any testament, I have always been a New Yorker at heart. Not only do I need a bag big enough to carry water, a magazine, a newspaper, my wallet and my phone, but I also need one for my make up kit.

Summer is supposed to be about airy dresses, light scents and subtle make up, but to me, it requires additional products for cooling, cleansing, and shielding from the perspiration and heat-induced redness. As such, I’ve compiled a list of new products that’ll help you stay fresh as you travel from home to work, to drinks, dinner and parties galore.

Blistex, Inc recently a new line of cleansers and pads within their Stridex collection, but the best product for women on the go is the Facewipes To Go. The disposable wipes come in a box 32 and fit perfectly in any make up case. Armed with Aloe leaf juice, menthol, alcohol and .5% Salicylic Acid, these are refreshing and gentle.

In sixth grade before a school dance, my father handed me a roll of mints and said, “No boy likes a girl with bad breath.” Well, he’d be happy to know that the “Father of Aesthetic Dentristy,” Dr. Irwin Smigel, has added Quikee to his Supersmile line. Quikee is a small tube of paste that can be used any time of day to freshen breath and lighten teeth. This product requires a trip to the restroom because it comes with no applicator; either put a drop directly on teeth or on the tip of the tongue and smooth over teeth.

A companion product will fit perfectly next to your facewipes – the Single Dose Powdered Mouthrinse also works to eliminate stains and bacteria though their patented ingredient, Calprox, which dissolves the protein that stain-causing agents such as wine and coffee bind to. The line also includes a tongue scraper, a toothpaste duo, floss, and a specially designed Lucite toothbrush, which I wouldn’t recommend for people with sensitive gums.

My favorite new ‘wellness’ line is the latest from the Greek cosmetic of choice, Apivita. Their new sun care line, Propoline, includes an anti-aging formula; creams for combination, oily or dry skin; a water- and sweat-resistant body milk with coconut extracts; and my favorite, The Eye & Lip Cream with SPF 25, which contains olive oil. After years of wearing contacts, my eyes have become so sensitive that smoke, perfume, or a glare can cause my eyes to tear. This product moisturizes and protects without irritating my eyes.

KenzoKi Chilly Joy Stick
KenzoKi, the skincare line from the Japanese fashion house Kenzo, is probably what initiated my obsession with worldwide skin care trends. Kenzo remains one of my favorite Asian skin care lines because their products are sensual and relaxing, and one of their four lines is based on my favorite spice: ginger. The Chilly Joy Stick is part of a blossoming sector of the cosmetics market that is banking on the buying power of stressed-out professional women. Hence, topical stress relief. This stick contains mineral salts, glycerine, menthol and my favorite, ginger. It can be applied to the temples, wrists, and neck for relaxation purposes. The scent is a bonus – the addictive smell is so different from most other scents that you can almost guarantee your friends and coworkers won’t be able to pinpoint the product.

Stridex Facewipes are available at CVS and Duane Reade, Box of 32 $5.29

The Supersmile line is available at Metro Drug and Rickys, $7-52

Propoline products are available at .5oz $15

KenzoKi is available at and, .35oz $28

Originally published July 2005



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