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Selleca Solution
report by Deanna of the Cosmetic Connection Product Panel

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 pressed on.

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 ingredients.

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 good.

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.



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