August 12, 1999
The Cosmetic Connection Product Panel has grown quite a bit over
the last few months, and every Panelist is just as devoted a
"product junkie" as I am! This week I am pleased to feature our
Panelist Deanna as a Cosmetic Report featured writer.
Deanna is 33 years old, and half Caucasian, half African
American. She has normal to oily skin that tans easily and is
prone to mild/moderate acne breakouts. Her skin tone is a warm
yellow, similar to Iman's Sand 2. Deanna has dark brown hair
with natural auburn highlights and medium brown eyes. Deanna
lives from Silver Spring, Maryland, and is currently a full-time
student studying for a Master's degree in International Business
Management. Deanna is also a new mom to a little girl, Cydney.
In her late teens and twenties, she worked as a large-sized
model and has been a product junkie ever since!
Take it away, Deanna!
During the last month of my recent pregnancy, I just couldnít move around as well and was, in fact, on physician prescribed "bed rest." I donít know if it was the hormones, the inability to get my regular cosmetic counter "fix" or just simply the fact
that I couldnít sleep that lead me to it, but, whatever it was,
I did it. Yes, armed with the TV remote and a credit card, I
ordered some of those "as seen on TV" products. Címon, you know
youíve wanted to, and, besides, what else is there to watch at
3:00 a.m.? Iíll try anything once, so, let me share some of my
experiences with you.
The Selleca Solution
Price: $39.95 + shipping and handling
This is a skincare system touted by Connie Selleca supposedly
based on a an "ancient Egyptian miracle cream." I was drawn to
this product because of the inclusion of essential oils,
specifically myrrh, frankincense and sandalwood - oils known for
their hydrating and healing qualities - and because it promised
gentle, quick results. After all, I was pregnant and concerned
with what I put on my skin. The system consists of three pieces:
a cleanser, a day moisturizer and a night cream. It also
includes an eye treatment kit, two pieces, one for day and one
for night, and some "freebies": a sample of body lotion, a
sample of quick lift facial firming gel and a sample of eye
makeup remover. These products are supposed to work together as
a "system." This is how it worked for me.
Soothing Cleanser with Chamomile
A cleanser is supposed to remove all makeup from the face.
Unfortunately, this cleanser couldnít do it. I washed my face
three times to remove just my foundation, blush and lipstick
(regular formulations) using this cleanser and I still couldnít
get it all off. I eventually had to use my regular facial
cleanser. When checking the ingredient list, I found that this
"cleanser" was almost all fillers and comedogenic ingredients.
However, not to be deterred, and hoping for a "miracle", I
Daily Difference Moisturizer
This was an average little moisturizer. It smelled nice and felt
good on the skin. It takes a few minutes to absorb so, I had to
wait about 5 minutes before I could apply my makeup, but, all in
all, it was okay. It contains some essential oils, but they are
listed so far down on the ingredient list, there canít be much
in there. Another drawback: itís loaded with comedogenic
Nighttime Miracle Cream
Iím not a real fan of night creams but I have to admit this one
felt nice and I didnít wake up "puffy." It has the same bois de
rose scent as the rest of the skincare line. I didnít experience
any life changing results, though. This product, too, is loaded
with comedogenic ingredients.
Firming Eye Gel
This is the daytime portion of the eye treatment kit. As far as
eye creams go, itís about average. I did not see any difference,
but the product did feel good on the skin and absorbed quickly.
Hydrating Eye Cream
This is the nighttime portion of the eye treatment kit. Again,
average. It didnít do a thing for my crowís feet, but it felt
Essential Moisture Body Lotion
Iíll admit my skin was particularly dry during my pregnancy.
Even still, an average body lotion, I would compare it to Suave
or St. Iveís body lotion.
Quick Lift Facial Firming Gel
This gel, like many others of its type, works by temporarily
(and I mean temporarily) tightening the skin.
Gentle Eye Make-up Remover
Again, average. It did a better job than the facial cleanser,
but not by much.
I used these products for about three weeks. Although I really
canít recommend these products for people with my skin type, I
will say that they do smell good and feel good, but all I got
for my money was disappointment and pimples. If you are still
interested in these products, which are distributed by
Guthy-Renker, you can check them out at www.choicemall.com.
Price: $39.90 +shipping and handling
This is another series of products distributed by Guthy-Renker.
Judith Light, Mackenzie Phillips and two dermatologists, Dr.
Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, advertised it. I bought the
3-piece system, which included the Renewing Cleanser, the
Revitalizing Toner, the Repairing Lotion and a "free" Refining
Mask. I tend to break out anyway and after the "Selleca
Solution," I really needed something to help clear my skin.
Hereís how it went:
The Renewing Cleanser
This is a gentle exfoliating cleanser with beads and 2.5%
benzoyl peroxide. It felt terrific on my irritated face. It
removed every trace of my makeup, including the "stay put"
variety. It is not recommended for the removal of eye make up,
though, so this must be done separately.
The Revitalizing Toner
Iím not a "toner" person. I think that it is a wasted step,
after all, pores donít open and close. However, I found it very
refreshing on my skin and it felt even better after I started
putting it in the refrigerator. It contains very small
quantities of glycolic acid, which I wouldnít think was enough
to make a difference. The cleanser works so well, I didnít
notice makeup or "dirt" on the cotton pad after a swiped my face
with the toner, so Iím not really sure what the toner actually
does. However, I used it anyway.
The Repairing Lotion
This product felt really good on the skin. It really soothed my
face and absorbed quickly. I could put my makeup on almost
immediately after applying the product. Even though this product
contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, initially I didnít find it the
least bit drying or uncomfortable.
The Refining Mask
This clay-based mask should be used about two to three times a
week. It contains 6% sulfur and zinc oxide as its active
ingredients. It definitely dried up my oily skin and left my
face smooth after each use.
Believe it or not, this product line was actually worked. My
large pimples and whiteheads were pretty much gone in about
three weeks. Although I still had a few blackheads, I liked it
so much that I not only reordered it, I ordered some other
products from the line as well. These included the Oil-Free
Moisture with SPF 15 and the Proactiv Blemish Stick.
Oil Free Moisture with SPF 15, Price: $26.50
This was a pleasant moisturizer. I found it came in handy at
about the three week mark of using Proactiv Solution, when I
found that my skin became a little dry and felt a little tight.
I donít usually like sunscreens (too sticky and tacky), but this
one was fairly pleasant to wear on my face. The drawback:
titanium dioxide "whitening"; unfortunately, this moisturizer
does give an "ashy" white cast to the skin which can be seen
almost immediately upon application. But it is effective and
passed the "oil-free" acid test. Luckily, I didnít really need
to use it for long. The dryness passed after about a week when I
began to use the mask only once a week instead of twice.
Proactiv Blemish Stick, Price: $19.50
The blemish stick contains 6% benzoyl peroxide, a good deal more
than the original formulation. It is designed for site specific
application. I found it worked well on individual pimples,
particularly the larger ones, drying them up in about two to
Proactiv also makes a fairly comprehensive line of other
skincare and haircare products as well as line of makeup that
includes foundation, medicated concealer and powder. If you are
interested in the Proactiv Solution, and you can find it at
All things considered, Iím very happy with Proactiv Solution. In
fact, I am still using it. My husband and younger sister are
using it, too. Itís definitely a great skin care line for the
price and worth the money because it works. I would highly
recommend these products for people with mild to moderate
breakouts. My only wish is that it did more to address aging
skin, but, for now itís my primary skincare selection. That is,
until I find something else better! Now that the baby is born
and I can get moving again, Iíve traded in the TV remote for the
car keys. Iíve still got my credit cards! "Watson, the gameís
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