Cindy Crawford is one of the most recognizable American models of all times and is known for her “beauty mark,” the mole just above her lip. As one of the most famous supermodels during the 80’s and 90’s, Crawford was named “highest paid model on the planet” by Forbes magazine in 1995 and voted as one of the “100 Hottest Women of all Time” by Men’s Health magazine.
Today, Crawford is 49 years old and boasts radiant, flawless skin as one of her most beautiful features. In fact, her skin looks just as youthful as it did when this model was in her 20s! After retiring from the runway, Crawford decided to share her anti-aging secrets with the world and worked with a French doctor to create her own skincare line: Meaningful Beauty.
The Youth Messenger Extract
Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh is an anti-aging specialist that is known for his revolutionary formulas and use of the Youth Messenger Extract, an ingredient exclusive to the Meaningful Beauty brand. The ingredient is extracted from a beautiful and rare species of orchid that grows on the Emerald Coast in France. The flowers are able to live in harsh conditions, sometimes surviving for over 100 years due to the longevity of their molecules.
These molecules are the main ingredient in MB’s Youth Messenger Extract. They work to energizes aging cells while promoting the body’s natural production of elastin and collagen. The results: firm, smooth, younger-looking skin.
MB Advanced Introductory System
Meaningful Beauty offers several package deals as well as individual products. The most popular package is the Advanced Introductory System, which includes the following items:
- Skin Softening Cleanser (2 oz.)
- Antioxidant Day Crème with 20 SPF (.5 oz)
- Crème de Serum (.5 oz)
- Glowing Serum (.27 oz.)
The introductory kit is aimed to help women suffering from wrinkled, aging, generally lackluster skin by giving the face a boost of radiance. Not only do the following products encourage a youthful glow, they also protect the skin from free radical damage and sun damage.
Keeping your skin clean is vital! The Softening Cleanser is a fragrance-free, mild formula that will help your skin’s natural oils stay intact. You’ll find the cleanser to have a pleasant, creamy texture that is effective in removing makeup at the end of the day. MB Softening Cleanser will leave your face feeling soft and refreshed, not dry.
Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with MB’s Day Crème. This micro-emulsion product features a unique formula that includes an antioxidant complex and blend of botanicals to hydrate the face and rejuvenate the skin. Protecting your face from the sun is the #1 way to prevent premature signs of aging.
Crème de Serum is a trifecta of anti-aging power that combines the effects of a cream and a serum. This serum hydrates while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also protects the skin from environmental stressors with lots of antioxidants for a more even skin texture and radiant tone.
MB Glowing Serum AKA the “model’s secret” is a luxurious liquid designed to condition and smooth the skin. In fact, Glowing Serum is considered to be the most scientifically-advanced product in the MB line. With marine botanicals, anti-aging peptides, soy protein, hyaluronic acid, minerals, and an antioxidant complex (with melon extract), Glowing Serum will protect, nourish, and leave you with a younger-looking, firm complexion.
The Intro System is aimed to last 30 days and is available on Ulta.com for $50 (plus you’ll get a free gift with the purchase). The same set of products goes for $88.45 on Amazon.com.
Users gave MB’s starter kit a 3.5/5 stars. The most common comments include:
- Great for acne-prone/sensitive skin
- The system is easy to use
- MB products really do improve the texture of aging skin and diminish wrinkles
- The formulas are not greasy
- Not good for rosacea
- The system is not worth the price
- The company tricks you into an auto-ship program
- The products smell terrible and do not hydrate enough to be used on very dry skin
- Products can cause irritation
- It is not clear when you order just how much they will charge per month
The most common complaint about the MB line is that the company “tricks” buyers into joining an auto-ship program that is incredibly difficult to get out of. In addition, the company is known for its bad customer service.
There are countless stories of women being overcharged and not being able to return products or cancel subscriptions within the time frame needed to get their money back. Individuals who enjoy the MB line recommend buying from an outside source such as Amazon or Ulta.
Other MB Products
In addition to the system reviewed above, the MB line offers four other products I’d like to briefly describe:
- Lifting Eye Cream: With a formula including “optical diffusers,” this cream rejuvinates the eye area by eliminating puffiness and lightening dark circles.
- Skin Brightening Décolleté
and Neck Treatment with SPF 15: With all those facial products out there, women sometimes forget about the important chest and neck area. This product is designed to lighten age spots and promote even skin tone.
- Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment: This product temporarily and non-invasively fills wrinkles using the aforementioned orchid extract. In addition, it enhances the natural production of elastin and collagen. You’ll only need to use two pumps of this treatment per day to experience a lifting effect.
- Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules: A small amount of powerful liquid is contained inside each tiny capsule. The formula uses Dr. Sebagh’s melon extract to instantly treat trouble area like crow’s feet and expression lines.
Although Cindy Crawford does look wonderful at age 49, there is absolutely no guarantee that her product line will have the same effect on you – and we don’t even know if she uses her own product line (not to mention photoshop).
Based on the surprising amount of reviews calling the MB line a complete scan in addition to the fact that the Introductory System, which is supposedly the best MB has to offer, only works for 60% of users, I would not recommend the Introductory System or the MB line in general. Click here for wrinkle cream recommendations.
Cindy Crawford, you should have stuck to modeling.