What are the real ingredients in Cindy Crawford’s skin care line called Meaningful Beauty? You see it advertised on infomercials with some doctor acting like he figured out a way to extract an element out of cantalope that will make you beautiful. So what’s the real scoop?

I’ve had several people ask me about this product line and I have watched some of their ads late at night, so I thought I would review their moisturizing cream they sell as one of their products in their kit.

Here is the list of the moisturizer cream’s ingredients

Virtually all ingredients are chemicals.

Octinoxate 5.0%, Avobenzone 3.0%, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Acacia Senegal Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Glycol Stearate, PEG-6 Stearate, PEG-32 Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben.

Octinoxate also know as octyl-methoxycinnamate is used as a sunblock. Topical octyl-methoxycinnamate is absorbed by the body, A study conducted by the Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen and published in the July 2004 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Said that when used topically for two weeks it was detectable in urine.

During the same study they found that it increased proliferation of breast cancer cells And there was evidence of estrogenic activity.

Avobenzone is derivative of benzophenone and is used as a sunblock. Even though it works on blocking the UVA and UVB rays but after a certain amount of exposure to UV light the chemical gets excited and starts a free radical chain reaction that potentially could be cancer causing. A perfect example of the solution being worse than the problem.

Propylene Glycol is a cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. In the skin and hair, propylene glycol works as a humectent, which prevents the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol because its a strong skin irritant and can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. But it is okay to put in cosmetics, definitely an oxymoron here.

Glyceryl Stearate is an animal byproduct sometimes derived from dead animals from veterinarians.

I really like this one, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, which is basically just Crisco added to their product.

PEG-6 Stearate, PEG-32 Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate are just different derivatives of polyethylene glycol. PEG’S are known cancer causing chemicals that I could write pages about. Not something you want to put on your skin.

All of the acrylates are almost like a plastic mainly used as thickeners. They are toxic to humans, including carcinogenic, reproductive and developmental toxicity and neurotoxic.

Alcohol is a solvent and allows deeper penetration of these chemicals.

Fragrance/parfum is an open door for a wide range of toxic fragrance chemicals.

Now you have the parabens and phenoxyethanol. Rarely do you see this toxic combination

Usually you will just see phenoxyethanol alone so the company can make the claim paraban free. They pulled out all the stops with this product and put in the parabens too. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and phenoxyethanol is just diluted phenol. A toxic chemical that even in small amounts can kill cells.

This is just one product in their kit. The others aren’t much better.

Now about the doctor and the cantaloupe extract that has so much hype around it in the ads. I can get the extract for use in our product line at Nature’s Skin and Body Food but I don’t feel it does much of anything.

The doctor, Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh is ranked as one of the top botox doctors in Europe. If the cantaloupe extract was that effective, then why so many botox procedures?

In Europe and somewhat here in the states the tabloids have reported that Cindy Crawford has admitted to injections. The ads make it appear that it is the products responsible for her flawless complexion.

To give you a bit more perspective on the melon extract. Here is another product that has the cantaloupe extract in it. Listed identical to the ingredient in Cindy Crawford's Skin care moisturizer, "Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract". Look at the claims they make about their product then look at the ingredients. Then read the warnings.

Product name: Say yes to carrots.

Price: $15 for 2.5 oz

CLAIMS Yes to 97% natural. Yes to body moisturizer with some added oomph. Yes to organic carrots and aloe to nourish and soothe. Yes to Dead Sea minerals for being fabulous. Yes to natural zinc oxide, which provides 30 times your skin’s own sun protection (goodness!=

Protects, Nourishes, Hydrates Organic Carrots, Aloe and Zinc Oxide 26 Detoxifying Dead Sea Minerals UVA/UVB Protection Super Protecty Free of Petrolatum and SLS Paraben-free, naturally!

NGREDIENTS Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10%. Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Kaolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract*, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin)Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum).

Drug Facts: Uses: Helps prevent sunburn - Higher SPF gives more sunburn protection – Provides high protection against sunburn

Warning: For external use only When using this product: avoid contact with eyes – If contact occurs, rinse with water to remove. Stop use and ask a doctor if: rash or irritation develops and lasts.

Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Directions: apply liberally and evenly daily, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure – reapply as needed or after swimming, towel drying, or sweating – reapply with prolonged sun exposure – children under 6 months of age, ask a doctor – Now get out and enjoy your moments in the sun!

If you want high performing organic skin care products that produce profound skin effects check out our product line at www.natures-skin-and-body-food.com

Wishing you great health and ageless beauty,