Get $25 Off On Subscription Orders!

{"id":556231262281,"title":"Meaningful Beauty Review: Can it Rejuvenate Skin?","created_at":"2022-02-19T16:09:13-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Meaningful Beauty Review: Can it Rejuvenate Skin?\",\n \"keywords\": \"meaningful beauty, meaningful beauty review, meaningful beauty reviews, cindy crawford meaningful beauty, does meaningful beauty really work, meaningful beauty reviews complaints\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD and research team reviews the ingredients in Meaningful Beauty’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for improving skin and reducing wrinkles.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/meaningful-beauty-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"DJ Mazzoni\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.S.\",\n \"R.D.\",\n \"C.D.N.\",\n \"C.S.C.S.\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/dj-mazzoni\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/dj-mazzoni-rd-cdn-cscs-00a33038\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"exercise, drugs, pharmaceutical, health, workout, strength and conditioning, nutrition, dietetics, medicine, medical research, scientific research, scientific method, healthcare, patient care, wellness\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"State University of New York College Oswego\",\n \"D’Youville College\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Meaningful_Beauty_Thumbnail.png?v=1645308913\",\n\"width\": \"3840\",\n\"height\": \"3840\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/www.researchgate.net\/publication\/353332857_Neurocosmetics_in_Skincare-The_Fascinating_World_of_Skin-Brain_Connection_A_Review_to_Explore_Ingredients_Commercial_Products_for_Skin_Aging_and_Cosmetic_Regulation\", \n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28683407\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5302436\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25201790\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6162715\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33556417\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/el-segundo\/profile\/tv-home-shopping\/meaningful-beauty-1216-100010281\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33742704\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"anti-aging\"\n},\n{\n\"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Cindy Crawford\"\n},\n{\n\"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"Stem Cell Technology\"\n},\n{\n\"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"fragrance\"\n},\n{\n\"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"artificial dyes\"\n},\n{\n\"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"collagen\"\n},\n{\n\"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"hyaluronic acid\"\n}\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2022-02-20\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Logo.png?v=1641249064\", \n \"width\": 150,\n \"height\": 150\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"Address\": {\n \"@type\": \"PostalAddress\",\n \"streetAddress\": \"50 Union Street, Unit 9\",\n \"addressLocality\": \"Northampton\",\n \"addressRegion\": \"Massachusetts\",\n \"postalCode\": \"01060\",\n \"addressCountry\": \"US\"\n},\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Meaningful_Beauty_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1645308303\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eC\u003c\/span\u003eindy Crawford’s cosmetics line Meaningful Beauty is an enigma; it’s extremely popular but has a ton of negative reviews online. The brand makes skincare and haircare products targeted to women, with some of the products claiming anti-aging benefits.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Meaningful Beauty’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for improving skin and reducing wrinkles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eYouth Activating Melon Serum Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Meaningful_Beauty_Melon_Face_Serum_Ingredients.png?v=1645308417\" alt=\"Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMeaningful Beauty’s facial serum that claims to have an anti-aging effect is called Youth Activating Melon Serum, and it sells for $98 for a 1.7 ounce (oz) bottle. That makes it one of the most expensive cosmetic products we’ve ever reviewed. The per-pound price of this serum is $922!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor this price, consumers should expect a potent formulation with a variety of targeted botanical ingredients proven in medical literature to reduce wrinkles and improve skin health. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case with this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first-listed botanical ingredient on the ingredients list is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eCucumis Melo Cantalupensis Callus Extract\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is the formal scientific name for cantaloupe extract. We can’t locate one single study in published medical research suggesting that cantaloupe extract applied topically is effective for improving skin health, nor can we even find a study testing this theory.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis cantaloupe extract seems to be the ingredient referred to on Meaningful Beauty’s homepage when they state their products “are powered by our exclusive Melon Leaf Stem Cell Technology.” We have no clue what they’re suggesting by this because there doesn’t appear to be any stem cell technology in their ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt seems as though this is just unscientific marketing, intended to sound high-tech. Nowhere on their site does Meaningful Beauty explain or define this reference to stem cell technology, so we will just conclude they’re referring to the cantaloupe extract which appears to be an ineffective ingredient for improving skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis face serum also contains a botanical ingredient called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eHelichrysum Stoechas\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a flower. Like the previous ingredient, we can’t locate a single medical study suggesting this is effective for anti-aging or for any parameter of skin health, so we’ll conclude this is another ineffective ingredient choice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne ingredient which is backed by some \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.researchgate.net\/publication\/353332857_Neurocosmetics_in_Skincare-The_Fascinating_World_of_Skin-Brain_Connection_A_Review_to_Explore_Ingredients_Commercial_Products_for_Skin_Aging_and_Cosmetic_Regulation\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003ePancratium Maritimum Extract\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The linked study found that when combined with glycerin, it reduced the effects of pigmentation and dark spots on the skin. There was no proof of an anti-aging effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s worth noting that Meaningful Beauty’s melon serum also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is an ingredient we recommend avoiding. This is a broad category descriptor, and without knowing which specific chemicals were used in the fragrance, it’s impossible to know whether it’s safe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do know from \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28683407\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eextensive medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that some of the classes of chemicals used for fragrance in cosmetics products are neurotoxic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs consumers become more aware of the health risks of fragrance, many conscious cosmetics companies are offering fragrance-free versions of their formulations, but unfortunately Meaningful Beauty does not.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis serum also contains a preservative called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ephenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and while it’s relatively safe, we always recommend avoiding preservatives because they may cause sensitizing effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we find this to be a very poor formulation in regard to efficacy, especially considering the high price. We can’t find research suggesting that any of the botanical ingredients in the Melon Serum aids with anti-aging, and it contains fragrance, so we recommend avoiding this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAge Recovery Night Crème Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Meaningful_Beauty_Night_Cream_Ingredients_a32912a2-f8ab-4e7a-b6dd-4e67a873d2bd.png?v=1645308691\" alt=\"Meaningful Beauty Night Creme ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnother one of Meaningful Beauty’s signature products is a serum left on overnight that claims to “improve the look of fine lines”.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike the facial serum previously reviewed, one of the key active ingredients is a melon extract. This time it’s melon extract (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eCucumis Melo Fruit Extract\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e) instead of cantaloupe extract. Meaningful Beauty is correct that this ingredient has significant antioxidant activity, as documented \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5302436\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, but this does not necessarily mean that when applied topically it has an anti-aging effect. That has to be proven with medical research, and currently it doesn’t appear to be proven.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t locate any studies suggesting that melon extract has any beneficial effect on skin when applied topically, so we’ll conclude this is another ineffective ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne effective ingredient in this formulation is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003ePrunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which has been shown in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25201790\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ean animal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have a healing effect on skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother interesting ingredient in this formulation is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eHippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6162715\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a study in the Antioxidants journal to have photoprotective properties, meaning it can minimize damage to skin from UV exposure.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe want to note that neither of these ingredients seem to directly have an anti-aging effect, but at least they appear to have some benefit to skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately there are even more questionable ingredients in this product than the previous serum.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNot only does the Night Crème contain fragrance, but it also contains artificial dyes \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eOrange 4\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed 40\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The latter dye \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical research to be frequently contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals, and artificial dyes overall seem to have a high risk of toxicity according to the linked study. We always recommend avoiding cosmetic and food products containing artificial dyes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe cream also contains two preservatives: phenoxyethanol which we discussed previously, and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebutylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which has \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33556417\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003edocumented toxicity concerns\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e due to an apparent ability to increase risk of tumors in animal studies. The human research is less conclusive, but we recommend avoiding this ingredient as a safety precaution.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t find this product to be effectively formulated for anti-aging, and we believe it has more safety concerns than the Youth Activating Melon Serum. We don’t recommend this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eUnhappy Customers\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMeaningful Beauty has a high number of negative reviews online compared to their competitors. They have 461 reviews on Pissed Consumer, with a 1.8 overall rating out of 5. Certainly this is a self-selected group, but this is a lot more than nearly all other beauty companies we’ve reviewed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/el-segundo\/profile\/tv-home-shopping\/meaningful-beauty-1216-100010281\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website are also overwhelmingly negative, with a star rating of 1.33 out of 5 and many customers blaming them for fraudulent business practices.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYou can never fully trust online reviews because they’re subject to fraud from competitors and basic dishonesty from users, but we felt this was worth noting because it seems to be more prevalent with Meaningful Beauty than with other companies we’ve reviewed, and we’d categorize these reviews as a red flag.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find the combination of oral collagen and topical hyaluronic acid to be a superior anti-aging combination to anything offered by Meaningful Beauty, and one backed by significant research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOral collagen intake can improve skin, and we recommend a dose of 10 grams (g) daily, which appears to be the maximally effective dose based on medical studies. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33742704\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-analysis\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of collagen and skin aging published in 2021 in the International Journal of Dermatology found it to be effective for skin aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe study authors reviewed 19 individual trials on collagen and skin aging, finding that the supplement not only reduced wrinkles but also improved skin hydration and elasticity.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" mce-data-marked=\"1\"\u003eBulletproof sells a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\"\u003ecollagen powder\u003c\/a\u003e product that we recommend, because it's sourced from grass-fed animals, unflavored and has no questionable filler ingredients. The only ingredient is collagen, and the cost per 10 g serving is only $0.75.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHyaluronic acid is one of the most promising functional ingredients for anti-aging. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003erecent medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that when applied topically it exhibited “remarkable anti-wrinkle, anti-nasolabial fold, anti-aging, space-filling and face rejuvenating properties.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhen selecting a topical hyaluronic acid product, look for one with no added fragrance or preservatives, with minimal added ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMeaningful Beauty sells poorly formulated products with questionable filler ingredients. Their most popular products contain botanical ingredients which don’t appear to be backed by any medical research for improvements in skin and anti-aging effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth of the Functional Beauty products we reviewed contain fragrance, which we recommend avoiding in cosmetics for health reasons, and the night cream contains even more synthetic additives which we recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are many unhappy Meaningful Beauty customers submitting formal complaints online, and while this is true to some degree for all popular consumer products companies, it appears to be more common with Meaningful Beauty than their competitors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend oral collagen supplementation and topical hyaluronic acid application as a cheaper, non-toxic and more effective anti-aging combination than anything sold by Meaningful Beauty.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-02-20T09:30:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:54:40-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in anti-aging skincare brand Meaningful Beauty’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for improving skin and reducing wrinkles. We highlight some issues we have with their medical claims of stem cell technology.","template_suffix":"","handle":"meaningful-beauty-review","tags":"_related:skincare"}

Meaningful Beauty Review: Can it Rejuvenate Skin?

Meaningful Beauty Review: Can it Rejuvenate Skin?


| |
Read our Editorial Guidelines to learn more about what makes our site the premier resource for online health information.
| |
Read our Editorial Guidelines to learn more about what makes our site the premier resource for online health information.


Read our Editorial Guidelines to learn more about what makes our site the premier resource for online health information.

Cindy Crawford’s cosmetics line Meaningful Beauty is an enigma; it’s extremely popular but has a ton of negative reviews online. The brand makes skincare and haircare products targeted to women, with some of the products claiming anti-aging benefits.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Meaningful Beauty’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for improving skin and reducing wrinkles.

Youth Activating Melon Serum Review

Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum ingredients

Meaningful Beauty’s facial serum that claims to have an anti-aging effect is called Youth Activating Melon Serum, and it sells for $98 for a 1.7 ounce (oz) bottle. That makes it one of the most expensive cosmetic products we’ve ever reviewed. The per-pound price of this serum is $922!

For this price, consumers should expect a potent formulation with a variety of targeted botanical ingredients proven in medical literature to reduce wrinkles and improve skin health. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case with this product.

The first-listed botanical ingredient on the ingredients list is Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Callus Extract, which is the formal scientific name for cantaloupe extract. We can’t locate one single study in published medical research suggesting that cantaloupe extract applied topically is effective for improving skin health, nor can we even find a study testing this theory.

This cantaloupe extract seems to be the ingredient referred to on Meaningful Beauty’s homepage when they state their products “are powered by our exclusive Melon Leaf Stem Cell Technology.” We have no clue what they’re suggesting by this because there doesn’t appear to be any stem cell technology in their ingredients.

It seems as though this is just unscientific marketing, intended to sound high-tech. Nowhere on their site does Meaningful Beauty explain or define this reference to stem cell technology, so we will just conclude they’re referring to the cantaloupe extract which appears to be an ineffective ingredient for improving skin.

This face serum also contains a botanical ingredient called Helichrysum Stoechas, which is a flower. Like the previous ingredient, we can’t locate a single medical study suggesting this is effective for anti-aging or for any parameter of skin health, so we’ll conclude this is another ineffective ingredient choice.

One ingredient which is backed by some medical research is Pancratium Maritimum Extract. The linked study found that when combined with glycerin, it reduced the effects of pigmentation and dark spots on the skin. There was no proof of an anti-aging effect.

It’s worth noting that Meaningful Beauty’s melon serum also contains fragrance, which is an ingredient we recommend avoiding. This is a broad category descriptor, and without knowing which specific chemicals were used in the fragrance, it’s impossible to know whether it’s safe.

We do know from extensive medical research that some of the classes of chemicals used for fragrance in cosmetics products are neurotoxic.

As consumers become more aware of the health risks of fragrance, many conscious cosmetics companies are offering fragrance-free versions of their formulations, but unfortunately Meaningful Beauty does not.

This serum also contains a preservative called phenoxyethanol, and while it’s relatively safe, we always recommend avoiding preservatives because they may cause sensitizing effects.

Overall we find this to be a very poor formulation in regard to efficacy, especially considering the high price. We can’t find research suggesting that any of the botanical ingredients in the Melon Serum aids with anti-aging, and it contains fragrance, so we recommend avoiding this product.

Age Recovery Night Crème Review

Meaningful Beauty Night Creme ingredients

Another one of Meaningful Beauty’s signature products is a serum left on overnight that claims to “improve the look of fine lines”.

Like the facial serum previously reviewed, one of the key active ingredients is a melon extract. This time it’s melon extract (Cucumis Melo Fruit Extract) instead of cantaloupe extract. Meaningful Beauty is correct that this ingredient has significant antioxidant activity, as documented in medical research, but this does not necessarily mean that when applied topically it has an anti-aging effect. That has to be proven with medical research, and currently it doesn’t appear to be proven.

We can’t locate any studies suggesting that melon extract has any beneficial effect on skin when applied topically, so we’ll conclude this is another ineffective ingredient.

One effective ingredient in this formulation is Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, which has been shown in an animal study to have a healing effect on skin.

Another interesting ingredient in this formulation is Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, which has been shown in a study in the Antioxidants journal to have photoprotective properties, meaning it can minimize damage to skin from UV exposure.

We want to note that neither of these ingredients seem to directly have an anti-aging effect, but at least they appear to have some benefit to skin.

Unfortunately there are even more questionable ingredients in this product than the previous serum.

Not only does the Night Crème contain fragrance, but it also contains artificial dyes Orange 4 and Red 40. The latter dye has been shown in medical research to be frequently contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals, and artificial dyes overall seem to have a high risk of toxicity according to the linked study. We always recommend avoiding cosmetic and food products containing artificial dyes.

The cream also contains two preservatives: phenoxyethanol which we discussed previously, and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), which has documented toxicity concerns due to an apparent ability to increase risk of tumors in animal studies. The human research is less conclusive, but we recommend avoiding this ingredient as a safety precaution.

We don’t find this product to be effectively formulated for anti-aging, and we believe it has more safety concerns than the Youth Activating Melon Serum. We don’t recommend this product.

Unhappy Customers

Meaningful Beauty has a high number of negative reviews online compared to their competitors. They have 461 reviews on Pissed Consumer, with a 1.8 overall rating out of 5. Certainly this is a self-selected group, but this is a lot more than nearly all other beauty companies we’ve reviewed.

Their reviews on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website are also overwhelmingly negative, with a star rating of 1.33 out of 5 and many customers blaming them for fraudulent business practices.

You can never fully trust online reviews because they’re subject to fraud from competitors and basic dishonesty from users, but we felt this was worth noting because it seems to be more prevalent with Meaningful Beauty than with other companies we’ve reviewed, and we’d categorize these reviews as a red flag.

Better Alternatives

We find the combination of oral collagen and topical hyaluronic acid to be a superior anti-aging combination to anything offered by Meaningful Beauty, and one backed by significant research.

Oral collagen intake can improve skin, and we recommend a dose of 10 grams (g) daily, which appears to be the maximally effective dose based on medical studies. A meta-analysis of collagen and skin aging published in 2021 in the International Journal of Dermatology found it to be effective for skin aging.

The study authors reviewed 19 individual trials on collagen and skin aging, finding that the supplement not only reduced wrinkles but also improved skin hydration and elasticity.

Bulletproof sells a collagen powder product that we recommend, because it's sourced from grass-fed animals, unflavored and has no questionable filler ingredients. The only ingredient is collagen, and the cost per 10 g serving is only $0.75.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the most promising functional ingredients for anti-aging. A recent medical review found that when applied topically it exhibited “remarkable anti-wrinkle, anti-nasolabial fold, anti-aging, space-filling and face rejuvenating properties.”

When selecting a topical hyaluronic acid product, look for one with no added fragrance or preservatives, with minimal added ingredients.

Get our most popular articles straight to your inbox
Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

Meaningful Beauty sells poorly formulated products with questionable filler ingredients. Their most popular products contain botanical ingredients which don’t appear to be backed by any medical research for improvements in skin and anti-aging effect.

Both of the Functional Beauty products we reviewed contain fragrance, which we recommend avoiding in cosmetics for health reasons, and the night cream contains even more synthetic additives which we recommend avoiding.

There are many unhappy Meaningful Beauty customers submitting formal complaints online, and while this is true to some degree for all popular consumer products companies, it appears to be more common with Meaningful Beauty than their competitors.

We recommend oral collagen supplementation and topical hyaluronic acid application as a cheaper, non-toxic and more effective anti-aging combination than anything sold by Meaningful Beauty.





Liquid error: Could not find asset snippets/search-bar.liquid