May 23, 2013
Nearly every woman alive would probably admit to wanting to look like Cindy Crawford. The 46-year-old model looks just as good as she did at 28, and Meaningful Beauty advertisements want you to believe it’s because of its skin care system
Boasting a cleanser, an antioxidant creme, an eye cream, a chest and neck cream, a restoring cream, a glowing serum, and wrinkle smoothing capsules, Meaningful Beauty offers a complete skin care regime for just $39.95.
But before you take out your wallet, let’s look at just what’s behind Meaningful Beauty. Here, you’ll find a sample of ingredients, an overview of the products, and a glimpse of customer reaction to the Cindy Crawford-endorsed beauty line.
What Does Meaningful Beauty Do?
Meaningful Beauty promises each of its products will take years off of your appearance when you follow their “five steps to more beautiful skin”—cleanse, protect, restore, revitalize, and renew.
Here’s a breakdown of each step:
Meaningful Beauty’s Skin Softening Cleanser claims to provide a healthy wash that leaves the skin feeling hydrated without stripping it of any natural oils.
Included in the cleanser are ingredients like cetyl alcohol (an emolient), sodiumlaureth sulfate (for foam), and a melon extract known as cucumis melo (high in antioxidants).
Cucumis melo offers an antioxidant known as superoxide dismutase (SOD). This antioxidant eliminates harmful free radicals which put oxidative stress on skin cells. This lengthens the lifespan of the cell, giving you healthier skin. 
However, I’m concerned about the use of sulfates in the product. Although advertisements say the cleanser is “non-foaming,” sulfates are primarily used in cosmetics to give it a foamy texture. Many experts suggest avoiding sulfates because they are known to irritate, dry, and damage skin. 
The Antioxidant Day Crème from Meaningful Beauty contains the same melon extract as the cleanser, as well as SPF 20, for extra sun protection. The company claims the cream will help balance the moisture level in the skin as well as even skin tone.
Consumer beware: the Antioxdant Day Crème also contains several chemicals and preservatives such as parabens which irritate and potentially damage skin. 
The Crème de Serum is advertised to benefit the skin by compating age through 3 powerful ingredients: antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.
As mentioned above, cucumis melo contains a powerful antioxidant which protects cells against damage.
Additionally, peptides are clinically proven to penetrate the skin’s surface and relax overactive muscle nerves. This smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is unique in that it is capable of absorbing up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. It not only hydrates dry skin but its provides an added layer of protection against abrasion and damage. 
The ‘revitalize’ step features two products:
The Firming Chest & Neck Cream claims to have essential antioxidants like lipoic acid and emollients such as cetyl alcohol to revitalize skin tone and texture.
However, it also contains parabens, isoparaffin, and fragrances which may cause itching, burning, and inflammation in sensitive individuals. 
The Glowing Serum uses soy protein and marine botanicals to give the skin a luminous glow. It is said to restore skin’s brightness while fading age spots and other signs of aging.
As with many other products in the Meaningful Beauty Product line, many of the good ingredients are outweighed by the harmful chemicals and preservatives.
Finally, the Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules are said to smooth, firm, plump, and hydrate skin via superoxide dismutase and peptides. The wrinkle smoothing capsules are advertised as oil, fragrance, and paraben free, which is a definite improvement from the other products.
How Much Does Meaningful Beauty Cost?
One shipment of Meaningful Beauty is priced at $39.95, a moderate price that attracts many customers.
However, the fine print on Meaningful Beauty’s website reveals that customers who sign up for the product line are also enrolled in a quarterly shipment. This automatically bills credit cards and ships more products.
Many customers have complained about this factor, so if you’re interested in Meaningful Beauty, make sure to talk to a customer service representative about the billing plan.
Does Meaningful Beauty Work?
Judging by the ingredients in Meaningful Beauty, I believe the product will work in a way similar to other skin care products. Although the inclusion of the melon extract is less common,there is clinical evidence suggesting it works, I can’t help but be a little wary.
Also, a sizable portion of Meaningful Beauty customers have complained that not only does Meaningful Beauty not operate as described, it actually harms the skin. There have been reports of breakouts, scabbing, burning, swelling, and discoloration of the skin.
At the same time, however, many customers have reported their satisfaction with the product and have used it for many years.
Should I Try Meaningful Beauty?
Some of the harsher ingredients in Meaningful Beauty and the negative customer reports lead me to say that if you have sensitive skin, you might want to steer clear of this product line.
However, if your skin is fairly tolerant and you’re looking for a moderately priced beauty regimen, Meaningful Beauty might be the product for you. I suggest you discuss billing with a customer service representative, or try it out first through a “one off sale” on Amazon or eBay.
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