Skin Care

By Andrea Toochin


As always, there’s no shortage of new products entering the competitive billion-dollar industry we call cosmetics. Some are seasonal and some are splurge-worthy staples to add to your home spa collection. As my own personal closet reaches maximum capacity every few months, it becomes apparent to me that I know a product’s value the first day I receive it – the ones that are worthy of space in my medicine cabinet will also find space on the virtual pages of the Beauty News NYC Skin Care section. Here are the July finalists…

A little bit on Internet research reveals Australia is breeding ground for new botanical-based skin care lines. Perhaps it started with its native Melaleuca plant, the source of Tea Tree oil, or perhaps it’s the island mentality. No matter, Tanline is the latest line to come north from Down Under. The line includes six products ranging from the plant-infused spray tan to the almond and hazelnut-infused body balm, said to make your tan last longer. The scrub is a light liquid potion that gently exfoliates, but it’s the body gel, that despite aloe and chamomile ingredients, smells of caramel and honey, and is enough to stave off my cravings for sugar, even after three weeks on the low-carb diet.


Secrets de Sothys
Body products were never items I reserved money for. Lotion is lotion, I said, the real dollars should be reserved for eye creams, concealers and fragrances. That is until I tried Secrets de Sothys Smoothing Body Balm. It’s always exciting when I come across a company that has reached worldwide success and is still independent. Not only is this Paris-based company still in the family, they have shown me opulence can be bottled.

When summer comes, I slather on thick layers of lotions, balms and creams, to smooth skin and moisturize dry edges, in the hopes these potions will mask my lax approach to exercise and exfoliation. This product is the perfect combination of lotion and cream, has firming agents like shitake complex and prickly pear, and imparts a faint perfume scent that is feminine and luxurious.

Creative Spa Raw Earth
I’m always in search of effective foot scrubs and creams. The Raw Earth collection contains four, foot products that sooth, smooth and moisturize your feet. My favorite is the Footbuff, a warming sugar scrub that actually heats on contact, and moisturizes with a variety of natural oils and vitamins.

Klorane Another product for sensitive eyes, these make up removal wipes multitask by moisturizing as they cleanse with cornflower extract. They are just moist enough to remove make up, and perfect for travel as there’s no liquid to fear leakage.

Stridex Cooling Foaming Wash
Instead of using Salicylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, like other acne products, this wash uses the antibacterial agent, Triclosan, to cleanse skin. A few chemicals create the conversion from liquid to foam when activated by pumping. Other ingredients like menthol, aloe vera gel, calendula and chamomile extracts; peppermint and spearmint oils; witch hazel, and meadowfoam oil extract, a moisturizing botanical, contribute to a refreshing, gentle cleansing experience.

Tanline products are available at, $19-35

Sothys products are available at L’Institut Sothys New York 6.7oz $80

Creative Spa Raw Earth products are available at Spa Maximus

Klorane wipes are available at C.O. Bigelow and Apthorp Pharmacy, 1 package $6.99

Stridex is available at CVS and Duane Reade

Originally published July 2005



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