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Thigh High: Here's What Happened When Dana Took The Glytone Slim Design Challenge

Thigh High: Here's What Happened When Dana Took The Glytone Slim Design Challenge

For those of you who are too damn busy to wade through my follow-up "journey" with the two new Glytone anti-cellulite brews I've been testing for a few months, here's the net-net:

1. I like them

2. I think they help tighten flabby skin

3. I would buy them with my own hard-earned $$$

Now back to that journey...

The second these babies arrived at my house unannounced, I pounced on them.

Why?

A) Because I'm chubby right now and could stand to lose a good 10 lbs (Okay...15.)

B) Because I was about to go on a cruise, and was terrified about revealing my jiggly thighs to the 6,500 other blissed-out vacationers on the Allure of the Seas.

Yes, anti-cellulite brews are notorious for not working. (C'mon people, we know that, in the deepest part of our wishful-thinking souls.)

But given my desperate sitch (the chubbiness and the impending bikini-clad vacation) I thought I'd go ahead and try the Slim Design and report back.

Here's the link to that kick-off blog post.

I liked both products immediately. They smell frigging fantastic, and I'm ALL. ABOUT. fantastic-smelling beauty products. Yet another reason I think I lived in France in a previous life-time. The French don't mess around; all of their beauty products smell frigging fantastique.

So I was off to a good start with Project Glytone Slim Design.

Or so I thought...

But here's what happened on like Day 2. Or perhaps I should say Evening 2:

I was up all night, wired like a nuclear power plant.

Yes I suffer from occasional insomnia. But it's occasional because it's situational; I only toss and turn when I'm completely freaked-out about work stuff.

(Oh, and full moons. Which is really weird and werewolf-y, but also totally true. Full moon insomnia is an actual thing. Read about it here...)

At the beginning of Project Glytone Slim Design, I wasn't freaked-out about work stuff. It also wasn't a full moon.

So what could possibly be the problem?

I read the ingredient labels, and lo and behold, I found the smoking gun: caffeine

Caffeine is a fairly standard ingredient in anti-cellulite brews. Other beautifiers too, like eye cream. The idea is that it helps constrict the skin, and thereby de-puff. I'd like to say that those alleged benefits are total BS, but I'm not a product formulator. And hell, Frank Body has built a huge business around a single coffee body scrub.

I have a love-hate relationship with caffeine. When I'm happy, and not stressed - which is probably 90 percent of the time here in Florida - I can ingest it no problem. I love coffee and, unfortunately, I also heart Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper in a massive way.

But when I've gone through life-patches that have spiked my anxiety and caused sleepless nights, I steer clear of caffeine. Like I'll go cold-turkey on coffee until I calm back down.

The week I started to test the Glytone Slim Design products was just busy enough. There were several projects I wanted to wrap up before we left for our cruise, but nothing I felt I couldn't handle.

I was also scheduled for a boatload of tennis matches that week - all in the morning. I don't think I need to tell you that showing up at a tennis court after a sleepless night is not optimal.

So when I had insomnia for no real legit reason, I stopped using the Slim Design completely for a few days, and fired-off an email to the PR firm that handles the brand.

I told them the dealio - that there was nothing going on in my life at that point that would trigger insomnia. Could Slim Design be the culprit?

Back came this very honest response from a nice woman named Annie, who serves as Glytone's Drug Safety and Medical Information Associate:

"After a literature review, we have found evidence of dermal absorption of caffeine. Our SLIM DESIGN CELLULITE NIGHT CREAM is formulated with a low concentration of caffeine, about 40% less than the SLIM DESIGN DAY CREAM. Even after absorption into the skin, the caffeine concentration is considered lower than a half cup of tea or instant coffee. 
However, if a consumer is particularly sensitive to caffeine, applying SLIM DESIGN NIGHT can interfere with sleep. Evening application is not recommended.
And if a consumer is caffeine-sensitive, since the DAY CREAM has a higher concentration of caffeine, we would not recommend this product in the evening."

I really love how straightforward this response is. It's refreshing.

So while I haven't been using the night cream because I have FOI (Fear of Insomnia), I've absolutely been using the day cream. And once the day cream is finito, my plan is to use the night cream during the day. After all, Annie says the night cream actually contains less caffeine than the day cream.

Because not only do they smell fantastic...

1. I like them

2. I think they help tighten flabby skin

3. I would buy them with my own hard-earned $$$

(BEAUTEOUS) PHOTO CREDIT: RUTGER GELEJINSE

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