Eye Enhancing Serum

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$34.95 - 0.05 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
1/18/2013
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This lightweight eye serum has a silky texture courtesy of the multiple silicones it contains. It contains the melon fruit extract that Meaningful Beauty boasts about and although this is a very good antioxidants, it’s by no means the only one nor is it the best (there isn’t a single best antioxidant). Beyond the melon fruit, this contains a couple of other antioxidants and a tiny amount of peptide. That’s nice but hardly exciting, not to mention nothing about this formula is super hydrating or unique for skin around the eyes. This is fine for use by all skin types, but in truth you don’t need a special product for the eye area. A well formulated facial serum can and should be applied around the eyes, too!

Formulated to address visible lines and wrinkles around the eye area, eye enhancing serum delivers super-hydrating ingredients and multiple peptides to that delicate skin. The incredibly lightweight serum is easily absorbed, and can be worn under other skin care products.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Kluyveromyces Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Butylene Glycol, Dipeptide-4, Glutamylamidoethyl Indole, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Seareth-20, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

It's impossible to deny that Cindy Crawford's natural-born, unique beauty and style helped establish her as one of the world's most famous supermodels, but, to borrow a word from this company's title, how is that "meaningful" for you and your skin? Now that Crawford's modeling career is not as prolific as it was in her heyday during the '80s to mid-'90s, she's making alternative career choices while still occasionally lending her image to other brands in print ads. That brings us to her cosmetics-related endeavor, where she has a partnership with the infomercial/direct-response, distributor guru Guthy-Renker (of ProActiv and Principal Secret fame). Suddenly you can't be beautiful without Cindy and her tidy skin-care line.

It stands to reason that the next question should be: When it comes to celebrities creating their own products lines (think Lauren Hutton and Victoria Principal) does being beautiful or acquiring fame equal skin-care knowledge? Clearly, they are not associated. Although Crawford may be an astute businesswoman, her cosmetic acumen is sparse relative to her knowledge of how to market herself and her image. Her knowledge of cosmetics does not coincide with what consumers need to take the best possible care of their skin, and the proof is in the products themselves.

Meaningful Beauty offers a small assortment of skin-care products, replete with the usual list of sounds-too-good-to-be true anti-aging, firming, and look-younger-overnight claims. Every line needs a story and Crawford's is that she created Meaningful Beauty so she could share her personal secret to flawless skin with the rest of the world. We're sure we don't really need to mention it, but don't count on obtaining any level of perfection akin to Crawford's, from using her products or anyone else's. That kind of hope in the bottle doesn't exist anywhere in the world. More to the point, given that the most essential way to keep skin healthy is to protect it from the sun, why does Meaningful Beauty offer only one sunscreen? Limitations abound with this line: if you experience breakouts, want an exfoliant, or have skin discolorations you'll need to look elsewhere because no such options exist in this line.

To enhance this line's credibility, especially among those who might be skeptical about Cindy's knowledge of skin care, the company pamphlets and Web site state that the products were developed in coordination with Paris-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh. Apparently, Dr. Sebagh has been formulating antioxidant-rich potions for his celebrity clients, including Ms. Crawford, since the days when she was jetting to Europe for modeling assignments. But if he wasn't giving her a well-formulated sunscreen it was a waste of her time and money.

Nonetheless, celebrities of a certain age the world over don't look younger solely because of their skin-care routine; instead, they rely on strategically administered cosmetic corrective procedures and surgery in conjunction with quality skin care. And they don't have to fly to Europe to get that, because state-of-the-art research and superb, quality skin-care products and procedures are readily available worldwide. It's not the secret of one doctor somewhere in France or anywhere else.

Although antioxidants are excellent for skin, and the more the better, antioxidants alone cannot reverse aging or undo years of damage from unprotected sun exposure (meaning wrinkles), because most of the wrinkles we see on our skin are the result of sun damage, not aging! Antioxidants have wonderful qualities for skin, and we are learning more about their abilities every day, but they are not anti-aging miracle workers, especially if skin has lost its firmness or has begun to sag.

It is worth mentioning that most of the Meaningful Beauty products contain at least one antioxidant in a relatively "meaningful" amount. That indicates that the chemists behind these product formulas are at least interested in more than just adding antioxidants as window dressing. As helpful as that is, what is just silly is how Meaningful Beauty showcases melon extract as their exotic specialty ingredient so that consumers think they are getting something unique that no other company has.

If Cindy Crawford and Dr. Sebagh believe these are the best skin-care products around, they are either ignoring or are unaware of the shortcomings plaguing this line; a little more research would have gone a long way toward making better products.

For more information about Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford, call (800) 927-0047 or visit www.meaningfulbeauty.com.

Note: Prices for the Meaningful Beauty products are based on purchasing them individually rather than as part of a kit, which is available if you join the Meaningful Beauty club.

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  1. PinkDog
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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    • Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford's Eye Enhancing Serum is best used underneath the eye, dotting the serum all the way past the underneath of the eye towards the temple. You can also apply a small amount to the upper eyelid, as I do, to keep it moist and nourished. As this serum is specially formulated for the eye area, it does not sting or upset the balance of your eye. If you have a little left over on your finger you can use it on your forehead on the deepest lines, as it helps to soften them.

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