After a slump, product introductions picked up again in July, as suppliers overlooked inflation fears, rising gas prices and doubts about the economy. For the month, suppliers unveiled 120 new products. Waukesha, Wis.-based HRG reviewed 38 products in the health category, 31 in the wellness sector and 51 beauty items to see which ones stood out as Products to Watch. Here is what they found:
1. Salonpas FLEX Patch
Hisamitsu’s Salonpas FLEX Patch provides temporary pain relief with maximum OTC strength lidocaine, the manufacturer said. Made of Hisamitsu’s most advanced fabric, the patch is thin, stretchable and contours to the body. Plus the company said the adhesive is designed to stay on for up to eight hours, even when the body moves, bends and twists. It comes in a 7-count pack.
2. Differin Acne-Clearing Body Spray
Galderma Laboratories’ Differin Acne-Clearing Body Spray contains 2% salicylic acid to treat swelling and redness, and to unclog blocked pores. It also features 3% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and smooth skin, and 2.5% witch hazel to tighten the appearance of pores. The 360-degree spray pump is designed to get to the hardest-to-reach areas of the body and is formulated to dry quickly with no residue, the brand said. It comes in a 6-oz. bottle.
3. NyQuil High Blood Pressure Cold & Flu Liquid
NyQuil High Blood Pressure Cold & Flu from Procter & Gamble was developed to provide relief from headaches, fever, sore throat, minor aches, sneezing, runny nose and cough. The product contains acetaminophen and is formulated with no alcohol or sugar, specifically for consumers with high blood pressure, the brand added. It comes in a 8-oz. bottle.
4. Astepro Allergy Nasal Spray
Bayer’s Astepro Allergy Nasal Spray is a Rx-to-OTC switch for adults and children aged 12 years old and older. The prescription-strength antihistamine is designed to treat nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy and runny nose. Formulated as a nonsteroidal spray containing azelastine HCl, it is meant to provide up to 24-hour allergy relief in as quickly as 30 minutes, and can be used up to two times daily.
5. Dr. Scholl’s Instant Cool Athlete’s Foot Treatment Spray
Dr. Scholl’s Instant Cool Athlete’s Foot Treatment Spray by Scholl’s Wellness is designed to offer relief from itching and burning with tolnaftate and menthol. The spray is formulated to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm, leaving no powdery residue, the brand said. Available in a 5.3-oz. bottle, the product can be used twice daily for up to four weeks.