It's easy to take care of your health, provided you have the willpower. Skin, however, is not as easy. As I was drafting this post in my head, I started thinking about all the questions that can arise when talking about skincare products:
- What types of products do I need?
- What products are a waste of money?
- How much can I afford to spend on skincare products?
- What kind of skin type do I have, and what products will work for that type?
- Will the products I find work together?
- Will the products I use cause an unexpected reaction?
- Will the products do what they're supposed to do?
The overall problem I have with skincare products is that I never know if a product will work for me. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in that issue, right? For that reason alone, I was thrilled to be able to try out the Meaningful Beauty skincare line for 4 weeks to see how it worked for me.
Meaningful Beauty is a comprehensive skin care kit designed to:
- Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Even out skin tone and texture.
- Revitalize and restore skin's youthful appearance.
- Protect skin from environmental factors with antioxidants.
I have to say, I was pretty happy with my pre-Meaningful Beauty skincare routine of washing with a Philosophy cleanser or exfoliator at night. After washing my face, I'd apply eye cream and a bit of extra-moisture lip balm and go to bed. In the morning, I'd wash my face with clear water while I showered, then moisturize my face with Aveeno unscented baby cream.
While I was happy with my skincare routine, I've recently become more concerned about signs of aging. Specifically, I want to prevent those signs of aging! I wasn't confident that the products I was using before were helping with that aspect of my skin.
After using the Meaningful Beauty skincare line for 4 weeks, I have to say that there are a few products that I love and two that just didn't work for me:
The Creme de Serum was one of my favorites. It's super-moisturizing but non-greasy formula glided onto my skin and made it feel extra-smooth for several hours. It also made me feel like I had a nice glow. This product made me feel like I didn't need any makeup aside from a bit of concealer. Here's a picture of me with no makeup after using the product for 4 weeks:
Another Meaningful Beauty item that I loved was the Lifting Eye Creme. Who among us isn't at least a a little concerned over the state of the skin around our eyes? The product promised to:
Improve the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and crow's feet with our Lifting Eye Crème. This unique antioxidant complex helps address the signs of aging while refreshing, soothing and moisturizing tired eyes. Carefully selected botanicals pamper and brighten, so eyes feel tightened and lifted.
I've always had dark circles under my eyes, and I've learned to not put much stock in any product that promises to improve them. So I wasn't surprised when the Eye Creme didn't help in that area. The Lifting Eye Cream, however, did improve morning puffiness and also made the skin under my eyes super smooth. Since I wear under eye concealer every day, I was also happy that I could wear the creme under makeup without my concealer melting off right away.
The last Meaningful Beauty product that I absolutely loved were the Glycolic Treatment Pads. I've heard that glycolic acid peels are incredibly effective for minimizing pores, but they're also really harsh for the skin. I only received a small sample box of these pads, but after I used the first one I cut the next one in half so I could get twice the use out of it! The Glycolic Treatment Pads definitely reduced the appearance of the pores on my nose. Since they only need to be used once or twice a week, I can definitely justify the expense for such an effective product!
After a long trial period, there were two products that just didn't work for me. The Skin Softening Cleanser just didn't make my skin feel clean. After I used it I felt like I needed to wash my face again. The Antioxidant Day Creme with SPF 20 was a bit of a disappointment, because I've been looking for a daily moisturizer with SPF. Unfortunately, it felt like it never soaked into my skin and I wasn't able to put makeup on within a few minutes of applying it. Since I rarely have time to spare when getting myself ready to leave the house, I need products that can be used quickly, one after the other. This might work for someone who doesn't wear makeup or who has time to wait after moisturizing.
All in all, I find it funny that the two products that didn't work for me, the cleanser and moisturizer, are two product types that I was perfectly happy with before I switched to Meaningful Beauty. I'm thrilled that I found three other products that improve my skin and make it feel good, and I can use them with products I'm already satisfied with!
Visit http://www.meaningfulbeauty.com to learn more about Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. You can design a system that fits your specific beauty and skincare needs and concerns and have products shipped to you on a schedule that suits your beauty regimen and product usage habits.
I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Meaningful Beauty and received a 5-step treatment kit to facilitate my review, a second 5-step treatment kit to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.