I was in intrigued when I saw the Meaningful Beauty product line, featuring Cindy Crawford as a spokesmodel. Mrs. Crawford has quite the brand name and reputation to uphold, so it is unlikely that she would align herself with a product that didn’t work. Still, in this day and age, all product marketing claims must be taken with a healthy dose of cynicism.
The site opens with a misleading title: Meaningful Beauty -Anti Aging Skin Care Products *by* Cindy Crawford. Sure, Cindy Crawford might represent the company, or even own a majority share of it. It is unlikely, however, that a model with no formal science education to speak of has developed a cure for aging, which is what this title implies.
Moving on, we find a product list that consists of a skin softening cleanser, an antioxidant day creme, an anti-aging night creme, a lifting eye creme, a firming chest & neck creme, a deep cleaning masque, a skin revitalizer, and wrinkle smoothing solution.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Galactaric Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Laureth 8-Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth 8-Sulfate, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben.
I am generally against any cleanser with alcohol, and this has two alcohols in it. The two cleansers I recommend the most have no alcohol; I simply find it too drying and irritating to most people’s skin. Alcohol issues aside, this cleanser doesn’t contain any special ingredients. In fact, it is remarkably similar to another common cleanser: Cetaphyl. Check out the cetaphyl ingredient list:
Aqua (purified water/eau purifiée), cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben
This cleanser looks suspiciously like a copy of Cetaphyl.
The acne.org cleanser has the following ingredients:
Clean & Clear by Johnson & Johnson uses these:
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cellulose, Menthyl Lactate, Manntiol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Menthol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Talc, Triethyl Citrate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica. May also contain: Sodium Hydroxide