Meaningful Beauty Review: Is it Good Enough for Your Skin?
Meaningful Beauty Creme De Serum was formulated to combine the potency of a serum with the moisturizing effect of a cream. As you’ll learn, all of the Meaningful Beauty products feature a French melon extract as the key ingredient (we’ll give you the details on this extract in the Key Ingredients section below).
In addition to melon extract, Creme De Serum includes supporting ingredients like vitamin E, sodium hyaluronate, and peptides. You’ll notice that Creme De Serum has a very silky, soft feel upon application thanks to the high concentrations of silicones and emollients.
Meaningful Beauty Dark Spot Correcting Treatment
This dark spot treatment is formulated with the gold standard ingredient for hyperpigmentation: 2% hydroquinone. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, hydroquinone produces reversible lightening of the skin by interfering with melanin production by the melanocytes.
Plus, Meaningful Beauty Dark Spot Correcting Treatment contains additional brightening ingredients, such as glycolic acid (a type of alpha hydroxy acid), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C derivative), and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A derivative). Unfortunately, this formula does contain two parabens as preservatives, as well as a synthetic fragrance blend.
Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser
This mild, soap-free cleanser is formulated to maintain the skin’s natural pH balance while gently removing excess oil, impurities, makeup, and mascara. The formula contains sodium laureth sulfate as the key cleansing ingredient. Despite the name’s similarity, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is not the same as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is known to cause skin irritation. Rather, SLES is a mild cleansing agent that can clean the skin without causing dryness, tightness, or irritation.
Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment
Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment is a dual-action serum that promises to give skin a “visible lift”. Sound too good to be true? It might be, but there is one ingredient in this serum that should provide relatively fast results, and that’s Neodermyl. Neodermyl is a blend of glycerin, copper lysinate/prolinate, and methylglucoside phosphate. It readily absorbs into the deep layers of skin, directly targets fibroblasts, and triggers the essential elements needed to reactivate collagen and elastin. Plus, Neodermyl works fast, demonstrating high clinical efficacy within 15 days, resulting in visible reduction of deep wrinkles and improvement of skin firmness.
Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum
The Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum contains a high concentration of hydrolyzed soy protein, which is a rich source of isoflavones. Isoflavones have a weak estrogenic effect and therefore may be able to increase skin thickness. Additional key ingredients in this serum include ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate (a vitamin C derivative), kelp extract, pumpkin fruit extract, and vitamin E.
While these are all beneficial ingredients, we have to point out that the formula contains one paraben as the preservative and synthetic fragrance ingredients. In fact, this formula contains over 10 different synthetic fragrance ingredients, which have the potential to cause skin irritation and sensitivity.
Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum
This Meaningful Beauty serum is said to visibly increase firmness and elasticity while helping to protect the skin from future environmental damage. One key ingredient in this serum is encapsulated melon leaf stem cells. It’s theorized that plant-based stem cell factors can mimic the action of human stem cells, secreting the same growth factors to repair and regenerate the skin. Another unique ingredient in this Meaningful Beauty serum is sea daffodil extract, which helps to even skin tone and enhance clarity by addressing the signs of age and sun-related pigmentation.
Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Cream
The Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Cream has a very light, silky feel and applies very smoothly without feeling greasy. The fragrance-free formula features melon fruit extract as a key ingredient, as well as hydrating ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera leaf juice, bisabolol, and sodium hyaluronate. There are also plenty of emollients and cholesterol in the formula to support the skin barrier, thereby keeping skin moisturized and healthy.
Meaningful Beauty Eye Enhancing Serum
The brand recommends using the Meaningful Beauty Eye Enhancing Serum together with the Lifting Eye Cream. Two eye care products in one routine? Seems a little complicated to us. We don’t think adding in this extra serum is necessary, especially since there’s nothing special about the formula. You’ll find key ingredients like silicones, synthetic emollients, melon fruit extract, and botanical hyaluronic acid in this serum. Like we said, nothing particularly special that would justify purchasing a second eye care product.
Meaningful Beauty Anti-Aging Day Creme
Anyone who’s even a little bit interested in skin care knows the importance of a day cream that provides protection against the sun’s UV rays. It’s the best way to prevent the formation of lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. You can protect your skin with the Meaningful Beauty Anti-Aging Day Creme, which provides broad spectrum SPF 30 protection thanks to chemical sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, oxybenzone). While these chemical sunscreen ingredients won’t leave a white cast like mineral sunscreens, research has shown that they do absorb through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Meaningful Beauty Age Recovery Night Cream
If you’re trying to prevent or reduce signs of skin aging, then you’ve probably heard that it’s a good idea to add a retinol cream into your nightly routine. Retinol is clinically proven to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve uneven skin tone, restore skin firmness, and shrink the appearance of enlarged pores. If you want to reap these benefits, then the Meaningful Beauty Age Recovery Night Cream may be a good option for you. The formula not only contains retinol, but also antioxidant vitamins C and E. And of course the brand’s #1 key ingredient, French melon extract.
What Are The Key Ingredients in Meaningful Beauty Products?
There’s one key ingredient that’s used throughout the entire collection of Meaningful Beauty products, and that’s melon fruit extract. According to the brand, this rare French melon extract is used because it contains superoxide dismutase (SOD). But what exactly is SOD and is it really the key to youthful skin? Let’s take a look at the science.
SOD is an antioxidant enzyme found in all living cells. Antioxidants limit oxidative damage caused by free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Specifically, superoxide dismutase catalyzes the dismutation of the superoxide free radical into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.
Topical application of superoxide dismutase has been shown to protect cell membranes and also protect against fragmentation from free radical damage to type I collagen. Ultimately, this helps to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Research also indicates that superoxide dismutase may help with wound healing, soften scar tissue, and protect against UV rays.
A 2018 controlled clinical study published in the journal Nutrients investigated the potential skin photoprotective effects of a food supplementation and a topical administration of a melon concentrate alone or in combination. The study was conducted with four test groups including the placebo group (n = 22), the active cream group (n = 22), the active supplement group (n = 22), and the double active group (n = 22). Results from this study demonstrated a significant increase of minimal erythema dose (MED) after melon concentrate application and supplementation compared to the placebo group. Ultimately, this means the melon concentrate had a photoprotective effect due to the antioxidant superoxide dismutase.
Besides melon fruit extract, many of the Meaningful Beauty product formulations contain high concentrations of silicones. The main function of silicones in skin care is to improve a product’s spreadability while imparting a silky, smooth skin feel.
Silicones also help to improve moisture retention in the skin. After topical application, silicones form a protective covering on the skin that provides both water-binding and water-resistant properties. The water-binding portion of the molecule is the highly flexible and mobile siloxane backbone, which binds to moisture in the air and holds it to the skin. This backbone also allows the water-repelling methyl groups to orient themselves toward the surface, creating a waterproof “umbrella” that prevents trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).
Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that nearly all of the Meaning Beauty products contain synthetic fragrance ingredients. The use of synthetic fragrance ingredients can be a problem because the brand can use a proprietary blend of chemicals to create the fragrance, and they do not have to disclose which chemicals they use on the label. They are allowed to list this blend as “Fragrance (Parfum)” on the ingredient list.
A 2018 study by Women’s Voices for the Earth discovered that in over 3,000 chemicals reportedly used for fragrances, 1,242 were chemicals of concern – and that included at least 7 possible carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents. Fragrance ingredients also have the potential to cause skin irritation and sensitivity.
Where to Buy Meaningful Beauty Products?
Meaningful Beauty products are sold on the brand’s website, as well as several third party online retailers such as Ulta, QVC, and Amazon.
What is The Meaningful Beauty Return Policy?
Meaningful Beauty offers a 60-day money back guarantee. The policy states, “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), even if the bottles are empty.”
Is Meaningful Beauty Cruelty Free?
Yes, Meaningful Beauty is cruelty free.