Our Story

Struggling with your skin can be a very lonely journey. It can affect our confidence and every other aspect of our lives. We all know the concerns we want to address but we struggle with putting it all together. We've been there and that's why we make beauty personal. Our passion is clean Powerful Personalized Skin Care. TAHNYC Skin Care is created for you based on your skin profile and the concerns you want to address. Our skin is unique, every one of us is different, isn’t it time we make beauty personal?

Our goal is simple, we want to help you have Healthy Glowing Skin Everyday! We use Powerful Ingredients and Nothing Else.

TAHNYC is pronounced Tonic. We fell in love with the name because it’s synonymous with being restorative.

Irene Barsky Richard Schwalb

Our Founders are Irene Barsky and Richard Schwalb. While TAHNYC began with Irene's personal journey, it grew into passion that drives us. Most importantly we created TAHNYC to help others have healthy glowing skin everyday. We believe Dermal Wellness and Dermal Science work together in harmony. This belief informs everything we create.

With that, we want to share Irene's story. This is how TAHNYC was born.

“It all really started after I developed a Contact Allergy to Parabens and the entire botanical Sunflower Family, also known as the Asteraceae family, which includes over 30,000 species of common botanicals such as chamomile, calendula and, of course sunflowers. I never experienced allergies as a child nor as an adult, then one day that changed.

Among many of my internal symptoms, the reactions would leave my face, neck and body covered in oozing painful pustules that would crack and continue to puss for days. Yes, it was that gruesome and that painful. I was told by my doctors to ‘remove all products that contained these allergens’, little did I know that that was the easy part.

The allergic reactions left my skin sensitized and unable to tolerate fillers. Anything that was a film former would trigger my skin to react. Even after I removed all allergens from my skin, I found that my skin was still exceptionally reactive and not going back to ‘normal’.

Being sensitive or reactive to additives in cosmetics is not so unusual, 20% of the general US population is allergic and/or is sensitive to ingredients in cosmetics. That’s 64.8 Million People and 64.8 Million Reasons we’re here. Most people tend to think 'oh I just broke out, just feel a bit itchy, or have some red bumps that will go away, soon, I hope' when really their skin is reacting.

For me, I finally knew what was wrong, but I wasn’t prepared for skin sensitization which left me with only one skin care option, water.

Struggling with your skin can be a very lonely journey. It really affects our confidence as well as every other aspect of our lives. Every morning I would wake up thinking, this is the day it will just get better and every morning I would fall deeper and deeper into a pit of self loathing. Then one day everything changed.

I remember the moment TAHNYC began so clearly. I was standing in Whole Foods looking for a dish sponge, I picked up the Twist Naked Sponge and that's when you might say I lost it. ‘Wait, I can pick up a filler free sponge, I can get a filler free toothpaste, but I can't find filler free skin care!?!’ 

We have the choice to remove fillers from our food. Shouldn't we have the choice to remove fillers from our skin? That was the exact moment that I knew it was time beauty changed. I truly believe that to make big changes it only takes a few passionate people. With my own skin struggle and my still ongoing journey, and with many of our customers reaching out for help, knowing the concerns they want to address but struggling with putting it all together, we created Personalized Skin Care. 

With everything we do, every product we create, every ingredient we use, every customer question we answer, we are here to help you and help others not feel alone, secretly struggling, hating their skin and not knowing where to turn. That is always on our minds and drives every choice we make.

Richard and I created TAHNYC with one simple goal. We want to help you have Healthy Glowing Skin Everyday. Clean Beauty. Powerful Ingredients. And Nothing Else.

- Irene & Richard