Shoppers Drug Mart Limited is cooling down skin with its new after-sun lineup. New to the Life Brand are: Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E Gel and Aloe After Sun Moisturizer. Available only at Shoppers, the collection is recommended for year-round use to restore moisture lost to the sun, cold, wind and water. When used regularly, the vitamin E gel is said to help diminish wrinkles, blemishes and stretch marks. The moisturizer is a blend of floral (chamomile, ginseng and Hawaiian white ginger) and fruit extracts (mango and passion fruit), formulated with an aromatherapy fragrance. Packaged in pump dispensers, the 480 mL bottles carry a suggested retail price of $5.99 each.


Calcium is the latest ingredient to make its way into the Topol family of toothpastes. Manufactured by Dep Canada Limited, new Topol Plus with Calcium whitens teeth without using harsh abrasives; it’s said to be the first of its kind. The product contains an enzyme to break down protein, including plaque; it also contains fluoride and helps control tartar buildup. Topol Plus with Calcium sells in a 75 mL tube for a suggested retail price of $4.99.


Mead Johnson believes that Canadian snackers don’t have to give up taste to eat healthy. That’s why the company is extending its line of Boost nutritional products to include the Boost Nutritional Snack Bar. It contains 21 vitamins, including C and E, as well as calcium, protein and complex carbohydrates. Available in Chocolate Crunch, a rice bar made with real chocolate, and Strawberry Crunch, made with real strawberries and covered in a creamy coating, each 50 g Boost bar sells for about $1.49.

Mead Johnson developed the snack bar after conducting a national survey that found that the majority of Canadians are snacking at work. They’re also more interested in knowing what’s in their treats before they dig in. For more information on the Boost Bar or the survey call 1-800-267-8782.



Bioré is getting tough on pores with its new Self-Heating Mask. The new mask is said to be a 60-second, triple-action deep cleansing treatment that heats instantly upon contact with wet skin. A natural clay, called zeolite, delivers the heating action. It raises the temperature just enough to liquify the waxy sebum and oils found on the skin’s surface and in pores. A second clay, called kaolin, absorbs the oils and lifts residue from the skin. The mask is then simply washed away. Bioré recommends using the mask once a week or as often as needed. A box of six masks has a suggested retail price of $8.99.

Bioré also introduces its Mild Daily Cleansing Scrub, which contains sorbitol, a natural plant extract. Micro scrubbing beads break down even further to cleanse the skin of dirt and oils. A 150 g bottle carries a suggested retail price of $8.99.

As well, the company has developed the fragrance-free Bioré Pore Perfect Toner. Formulated with beta hydroxy acid and tea tree oil, the toner helps dissolve oils and kills germs. The company recommends using the toner twice daily. A 160 mL bottle sells for about $8.99. For more information on the Bioré line, visit the company’s web site at www.biore.com


Wrinkles are the target of Neutrogena’s latest launch. The company’s Healthy Skin collection now includes the Anti-Wrinkle Cream and Eye Cream. Formulated with retinol A, pro-vitamin B5 and a combination of moisturizers, the Anti-Wrinkle Cream is said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and large pores. Packaged in a 40 mL sealed metal tube to protect the retinol formula, the cream carries a suggested retail price of between $18.99 and $19.99.

Neutrogena’s Eye Cream combines alpha hydroxy acid and melibiose, a patented sugar derivative that is said to boost the skin’s firmness around the eyes when used daily. Available in a 15 mL tube, the eye cream also carries a suggested retail price of between $18.99 and $19.99.

Neutrogena’s new Deep Clean Cream Cleanser is formulated with salicylic acid. It also contains menthol to leave skin feeling cool. The cleanser is available in a 200 mL tube, for a suggested retail price of between $6.99 and $7.99.