My favorite summer look? A long, wispy white dress with sky blue sandals, beachy waves, a deep tan…and a super white smile.
I can buy the dress and the sandals (at Shopbop – here and here) – and I can get the tan with some great self tanner – but the teeth? I need some help. Luckily there are a few products by Apa Beauty that definitely do the trick!
Apa Beauty is a line of oral care and beauty products created by the celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Apa.The packaging is sleek and white, just like your teeth will be after using the products.
I am fascinated with all of the really cool products in this line and I tried a trio of items that make for a great summer smile: Apa Lip Loofah ($18), Apa Tooth Gloss ($28), and Apa Blue Lip Shine ($25).
I have a love/hate relationship with lip exfoliators. I love how soft my lips are after using them, but I usually hate the feel of them. They are either too gentle to make much difference or else they are too rough and are painful to use.
The Apa Beauty Lip Loofah impresses the heck out of me – this is a lip scrub to love! It’s super gentle but it gives excellent results. I use a tiny bit with some water and softly scrub in small circles, then rinse and voila – soft, moist lips that are super smooth. The scrubby stuff is made from sugar and sweet almond seed, and the moisturizing stuff includes Jojoba oil, shea butter and orange peel.
The biggest surprise for me out of the three products I tested is the Apa Beauty Tooth Gloss. I never thought for a moment that this would be anything I would use regularly – it seemed like something models or beauty pageant participants would use instead of Vaseline on their teeth to keep smiling. But this tooth gloss does so much more:
- LIGHT REFLECTING GLOSS BRIGHTENS TEETH FOR A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
- ANTIOXIDANT GREEN TEA COMBATS BACTERIA AND BAD BREATH
- SAFFLOWER SEED AND JOJOBA OIL NOURISH TEETH AND GUMS
- PEPPERMINT OIL FIGHTS GERMS AND FRESHENS BREATH
- RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN COMBINATION WITH APA LIP LOOFAH AND APA BLUE LIP SHINE FOR DAILY RADIANCE CARE
I don’t think I’ve ever tested anything quite like this light-reflecting gloss. It makes teeth look whiter and keeps breath fresh. It’s not slimy or weird feeling on…in fact, it’s really pleasant. It does make teeth look whiter and feels better than breath mints which actually minimize shiny teeth. I keep it in my purse and apply it every so often. What a great and unique find.
I’ve had great results with blue lip gloss in the past and the Apa Beauty Blue Lip Shine does its job by making teeth look even whiter. It doesn’t really add color to lips – just shine with a slight tint thanks to minty blue crystals. I like the feel of this gloss, although I wish it lasted longer. I find I need to reapply it often to keep the effect.
Overall, I really like this trio for keeping my summer smile as white as possible. Apa Beauty has all kinds of other great products for keeping teeth white, so head over to their website at apabeauty.com to check them out. – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
Lip Loofah Ingredients: SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, SUCROSE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, BEESWAX, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, THEOBROMA (CACAO) SEED BUTTER, OLEA EUROPEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SILICA, SQUALANE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SHELL POWDER, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FLAVOR.
Blue Lip Shine ingredients: POLYBUTENE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, CERESIN, BEESWAX, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, TIN OXIDE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRADITBUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNIMATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BLUE 1 LAKE.
Tooth Gloss ingredients: HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYETHYLENE, PPG5 PENTAERYTHRITYL ETHER, PEG5 PENTAERYTHRITYL ETHER, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, GLYCINE (SOYBEAN) STEROLS, STEVIOSIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, XYLITOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE