Meaningful Beauty is a skin care regimen that has quite a dramatic background story. Per the website, the story goes that Cindy Crawford, a celebrity supermodel from the 90s, asked to have the formulations of France's leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh sent to her in the states. He had discovered a rare French melon extract (superoxide dismutase) that causes that particular melon to stay fresher and firmer than similar varieties. Apparently, because of the fragility of the compounds used in his formulations, the product could not be shipped.
Thus, a partnership was formed to compound the formula in such a way that it could be shipped all over the world and made available to every woman. The melon extract is the cornerstone of their anti-wrinkle formulations. Plus, per the website, it's naturally enriched with coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid and minerals that are designed to help restore skin's youthful radiance.
Is This Product Really A Bargain?
With a price of $29.95 per month for a complete anti-aging skin care regimen that includes 7 products, it certainly seems that this celebrity partnership has done their homework! If, for any reason, you're not completely satisfied, just return the containers within 60 days of receipt and you'll get a full refund of the purchase price (minus shipping and handling costs).
As my primary focus is reviewing anti-aging creams here, I will not be reviewing the entire skin care system, which includes a cleanser, day moisturizer, night cream, eye cream, masque, neck cream, and glowing serum. I will only be reviewing the creams, Maintenance 1 and 2.
- Rejuvenate damaged skin to improve skin's firmness and diminish the visible signs of aging.
- 7 key ingredients designed to help protect and renew your skin in a powerful new way, including coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and minerals.
- Makes the appearance of wrinkles look smoother
- The antioxidant, superoxide dismutase, can help prevent the release of free radicals that age your skin.
The manufacturer does have a good price and a 60 day money back guarantee. The website is user friendly and has nice touches like "how to" videos.
MeaningfulBeauty is upfront with their ingredient lists which you can read here:
Maintenance 1 Day Moisture (protecting):
Active Ingredients: Octisalate 5%, Oxvbenzone 5%, Octinoxate 5%, Zinc Oxide 3%
Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Castor Oil Phosphate, Lecithin, Steareth-20, Alcohol Denat., Cholesterol, Magnesium, Ascorbyl Phosohate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool
My take: The three named active ingredients are Octinoxate, Avobenzone and zinc oxide, which are solid common compounds used in a variety of cosmetics and sunscreens. The effective French melon extract is in the list of "other ingredients." Zinc oxide is an excellent sunscreen and you should be using it.
Maintenance 2 Night Fluid (repairing):
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isononyl Isononanoate, Prunus Amygdalus Duicis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Sorbitan Oleate, Poylsorbate 80, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Dimethicone, Soluble Collagen, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces / Zinc Ferment, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Hydrogentated Palm Oil, Tocopherol, Cholesterol, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Magnesium Ascrobyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Mineral Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polysorbate 85, Polyacrylamide, Palmitoyl Proline, Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate, Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Magnesiu, Aluminum Silicate, Tocotrienols, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Mthylparaben, Bensoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool
How it works
Almond oil is widely used as a skin emollient and moisturizer, and is capable of preventing and decelerating the structural damage caused by UV irradiation.
Overall, the Meaningful Beauty system is a good skin care regimen. It is going to reduce your wrinkles naturally with the special melon extract, as well as being a great moisturizer and very effective sun screen. However, don’t get swayed by the celebrity thang!