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Meaningful Beauty Review
There’s no denying Cindy Crawford has great skin. Many believe she looks just as young and gorgeous in her forties as she did in her twenties.
Recently, Cindy Crawford attributed her beautiful skin to the Meaningful Beauty collection. This product line features multiple skin-rejuvenating products designed to cleanse, protect, and restore damaged skin.
According to advertisements, Meaningful Beauty® is formulated with a ‘first generation’ antioxidant complex that includes SOD along with such skin rejuvenating ingredients as coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and minerals designed to help restore skin’s youthful radiance.”
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
When you factor in the $40 price tag for a package of 5 items (or more), it’s no wonder women are turning to Meaningful Beauty to improve their skin.
However, a celebrity endorsement doesn’t guarantee a product’s effectiveness. I did a little snooping on Meaningful Beauty and was surprised what I found. . .
More About the System
Meaningful Beauty products are available to purchase separately, but most women choose either the 5 piece system or the 7 piece system.
The 5-Piece Advanced System includes the following products:
Crème de Serum. This “triple-approach” formula combats aging via antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. It supposedly increases hydration while preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Key Ingredients. There are over 40 ingredients listed on the label, including sodium hyaluronate and several peptides as advertised. While not an all-natural solution for improving skin, it does contain enough moisturizers to keep skin protected.
Skin Softening Cleanser. This cleanser is designed to provide mild, non-irritating solution for sweeping away dirt without stripping the skin of natural oils. It does not foam and will not leave skin tight or dry.
Key Ingredients. Sulfates, parabens, and alcohol. While these are popular ingredients for cosmetics, they’re not what you want on your skin. They are known to cause irritation and damage.
Antioxidant Day Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 20. This day cream supposedly protects skin from harsh environmental factors such as pollution and UV rays. It is said to clarify, brighten, and even skin tone.
Key Ingredients. Octinoxate and Avobenzone. Both of these ingredients offer effective sun protection when used correctly.
But watch out, this cream also contains parabens and fragrances which irritate skin. Some users are allergic to octinoxate, so be sure to test it on a small patch of skin before applying to your entire face.
Skin Brightening Decollete and Neck Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF15. This silky smooth formula is designed to reduce oxidative stress while smoothing and firming the neglected chest and neck area. Additionally it supplies a skin brightening complex that supposedly diminishes the appearance of age spots while protecting against sun damage.
Key Ingredients. As with many other products in the Meaningful Beauty product line, this formula features the Cucumis Melo (melon) extract advertised by Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh. While this particular ingredient is an effective skin condition, I’m a little worried about the additional ingredients in the product. It contains isoparaffin and several parabens which irritate skin.
Lifting Eye Crème – Advanced Formula. This lifting cream is said to improve the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and crow’s feet via unique antioxidant complexes and carefully selected botanicals.
Key Ingredients. I love how many natural ingredients are included in the formula: hazelnut protein, palmitoyl grape seed, cucumis melon, safflower oil, and aloe vera.
However, this product is not natural in the least. One of its key ingredients, dimethicone, has been linked to itching, stinging, burning, swelling, and similar allergic reactions.  In some case, it can actually worsen dryness in individuals.
The 7-Piece Advanced System includes the above products as well as these 2 treatments:
Glowing Serum. This water-based serum offers soy protein to eliminate toxins and create a light film over your skin to give the appearance of smoother skin. It also offers vitamins and minerals to nourish, protect, and revitalize skin.
Key Ingredients. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are a great way to improve skin. However, there are enough preservatives and chemicals in this formula to counteract the benefits. Like many other products in the line, the glowing serum contains parabens, as well as citronellol which may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals.
Eye Enhancing Serum. As its name implies, this light-weight serum addresses visible lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Supposedly it delivers super-hydrating ingredients and peptides to delicate areas to help your skin look years younger.
Key Ingredients. The eye enhancing serum contains cumis melo as well as cassia seed for hydrating skin and soothing inflammation. It also contains a few peptides which improve skin, but to a limited degree.
However, I’m worried about the use of peg-100 stearate. Depending on its usage, many are concerned that peg-100 causes cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, irritation, and organ system toxicity.  Products that use peg-100 should not be applied to broken or irritated skin.
Are There Any Risks?
For the most part, Meaningful Beauty users did not experience any severe or long-lasting negative side effects.
However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to exercise a little caution before applying any of the products. Many of the products contain parabens, which are preservatives commonly used in the cosmetic industry.
Although non-irritating for some, parabens can cause skin irritation, dermatitis, and rosacea in others.
Before applying Meaningful Beauty products to your face, test a small amount on the back of your hand. If any irritation occurs within 24-48 hours, discontinue use.
What Consumers Have to Say . . .
Consumer reviews about this product line are fairly mixed. Some users love their results and enjoyed noticeable improvements, while others did not.
“I love, love, love Meaningful Beauty’s Creme de Serum. I’ve given it as gifts to men and women in my family and all rave how it feels going on and keeps their skin soft and smooth-looking. In fact, I’ve gotten into this nightly ritual of coming home from work, washing my face with a steamy hot washcloth, then putting on my Creme de Serum, followed by the Meaningful Beauty Night Cream just before bedtime.
“I will be buying this product over and over again. Love it!” – Melody hastings ‘desertmaven,” Amazon.com.
“I have nothing positive to say about this product. I purchased it, used it and see no good results what so ever…. Not only does this product NOT deliver results but the 39.99 offer they give you when you buy this, is not actually 39.99. They end up charging you about 150.00 bucks, BUT by the time you figure out thats what they are doing, its too late to return the product and get your money back. VERY misleading company.” – Gwendolyn7730, MakeUpAlley.com
How to Use Meaningful Beauty
When applied as directed, it should take approximately 5 minutes to go through the entire morning routine.
1. Cleanse with the Skin Softening Cleanser: Massage a small amount to wet or dry face with gentle circular motions. Rinse with water or use a wet washcloth for extra thorough cleansing
2. Protect, Revitalize and Renew with the Antioxidant Day Creme: Apply a small amount to the entire face after cleansing in the morning, before sun exposure. Can be used in conjunction with makeup.
3. Lift and Firm with the Lifting Eye cream and the Decollete and Neck Treatment: Pat a small amount of the eye cream around eyes after cleansing and moisturizing. Then, gently massage the décolleté into the neck until completely absorbed.
One of Meangingful Beauty’s best features is the affordable price. For approximately $40, you can order all 5 products. For $46.65, you can enjoy all 7 products. When purchased separately, these products can sell for over $20-$40 a bottle.
You can even get free shipping when you order a 90 day supply rather than a 30 day supply. The 5-piece 90 day supply sells for $119.85, while the 7-piece can be purchased for $129.95.
Is There a Guarantee?
When you order from MeaningfulBeauty.com, your purchase is automatically backed with a 60-day guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied, just return the empty (or partially used) containers along with the receipt for a refund of the purchase price. The guarantee does not cover shipping and handling charges.
More About the Manufacturers
Meaningful Beauty products are marketed by Guthy-Renker, LLC. This is a direct-response marketer that sells products via infomercials and direct-to-consumer media channels.
According to the Better Business Bureau, Guthy-Renker received an A+ rating on a scale of A+ to F. It meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to “make a good faith effort” to resolve consumer complaints.
Yet despite its winning rating, Guthy-Renker received over 229 filed complaints in the last 3 years. Many consumers complain that the manufacturers keep charging accounts even after they canceled their orders.
Should You Try Meaningful Beauty?
Meaninful Beauty contains some quality all-natural ingredients that can help your skin look and feel better. That said, the collection also contains many harsh chemicals that might be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Considering how inexpensive the collection is, it would be worthwhile to try out. Just remember to read the fine print before you order!
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