Thursday, December 26, 2013

Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum

To start off, I wanted to do this post on the Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum, a product that I received for free to review from Influenster Voxbox. I've seen ads and the display of Meaningful Beauty products in the stores, and have been rather curious.  I mean Cindy Crawford is still super hot (a lot thanks to cosmetic help, but still). Combined with the fact that I actually truly enjoy trying out skin care products, made this a voxbox truly meant for me. You can go to Ulta or get it directly from the website.
Also to learn more info about the products and other offerings, click here.

To continue reading the review, click the link below.

Just to recap about me, I have combination skin that can lean heavily towards oily depending on the time of year. Now that it's colder weather (unless you're currently in CA), skin needs extra help. Mine is no exception. Especially since I haven't had the chance to be nice to it like I should.

The Creme de Serum is part of a whole line of skin care items that are formulated to be anti-aging. As mentioned earlier, this is a product line touted by Cindy Crawford, and formulated by Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, a supposedly internationally acclaimed anti-aging specialist.  This serum specifically combines ingredients that help protect, increase hydration, and prevent appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The anti-aging ingredients found in the serum are:

  • Superantioxidant melon complex
  • Anti-aging peptides
  • Hyaluronic acid

As you can see from the bottle picture (above the jump), it's a swirl of anti-aging serum combined with swirls of moisturizing "creme".

Use is easy as well, since it comes with a pump. It's easy to control the amount dispensed since it's not a stiff pump. I tend to used about 1-1.5 pump(s) for my entire face. I suppose I should spread this onto my neck/chest, but that didn't occur to me until this moment. Something to try in the future.

The texture is nice and smooth. It almost feels like dimethicone based primer, but I don't know if that's part of the ingredients or not. It absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. The recommended use is once a day, so I have been using it as part of my nighttime routine between my toner and moisturizer. I have used this in the morning on a day I forgot to use it in the evening, and it works well under make up as well. I doesn't affect application. The best part is that it hasn't broken me out or caused any irritation, and it feels nice on my skin. I can actually use this under my eye cream without any irritation either. During my road trip back I didn't use it for a few days, and it truly pointed out the fact that this serum is truly moisturizing. The second day without using the serum, my face was dry and slightly irritated/pink. It quickly corrected once I started the serum again. If it wasn't winter, I don't know how drastic of a difference it would have made.

The only thing that was a con is that there is a slight crayon/clay smell. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's very subtle and the smell disappears quickly. Even for me, who often has issues with smells, wasn't too bothered by it. I just thought I would mention it's existence.

I've used this for about a month and haven't notice any anti-aging benefits as of yet. I don't think my fine wrinkles have improved at all. And my stressful last 2 months may have made my lines worse. No clue.

In the end, skin care is something that's a personal thing, but it's important to keep to some basics. It's a forever evolving process depending on the time of year and daily fluctuations. The best thing that can be done is prevention, but if you're passed that point it's best to work on prevention of future damage and chipping away at the existing ones. Since skin is important for protection, it's necessary to keep it functioning to its best ability.

Bottom Line: This is a really great serum. It absorbs into the skin nicely, doesn't break my skin out/irritate it, and keeps me hydrated. It's the perfect extra layer to combat winter dullness. I don't know if there are any long term benefits in anti-aging properties since it needs to be used longer to determine that effect.

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