Cindy Crawford Told Me This Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Skin

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(Image credit: Cindy Crawford)

The Lineup is a monthly series where we're giving you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and estheticians—all the people we trust the most. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at all the can't-live-without products that make their worlds go round.

Cindy Crawford needs no introduction. The legendary supermodel has been in the spotlight for more than four decades, and she still has the same glowing complexion that made her famous all those years ago. Sure, she's walked in hundreds of runway shows, modeled for countless magazine covers, and appeared in some of the most iconic fashion campaigns of all time, all of which have given her access to the best people in the industry. But she's also become a trusted source for skincare tips, tricks, and must-have products.

"When I started my career, I had to absorb a lot," Crawford tells me. "My mother didn't wear makeup or really use much skincare, so I feel like I didn't grow up with someone to help me understand makeup, skincare, or even self-care." Crawford admits the skincare process was a big learning curve for her. "Starting to model was like going to graduate school," she jokes. "I was surrounded by these incredible hair and makeup artists who taught me just how transformative makeup can be. But then I felt my job as a model was to come in with a clean slate—to keep my skin and hair looking good. To me, it was the equivalent of exercising and keeping my body looking good." This desire to keep her skin and hair healthy, she says, is probably why she fell in love with skincare in the first place. 

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(Image credit: Cindy Crawford)

Fast-forward to the year Crawford turned 28 and met Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh. He gave her a mesotherapy treatment that left her skin looking really juicy and glowy—beyond anything she'd ever seen from her skin before—and the rest is history. He's been her partner in Meaningful Beauty for 15 years now, and he's taught her tons of lessons in skincare, like the importance of protecting your skin during the day and replenishing it at night. "The best thing you can do for yourself is prevent damage. We spend so much time and money as we get older to reverse damage, but we wouldn't have to if we prevented it in the first place." That lesson is really how her skincare line, which is full of products that protect and replenish, came to be. 

"Meaningful Beauty has always been about me trying to answer my own needs," explains Crawford. "I developed my skincare line because I wasn't able to see Dr. Sebagh often, and I needed to find a way to bottle up whatever he was using on me." Thank goodness she did because now we all get to benefit from it, too. Keep scrolling for Crawford's lineup of products, and learn why it was only a matter of time before she decided to expand her line to include haircare. 

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Caitie Schlisserman
Beauty Director, Branded Content

Caitie Schlisserman is an L.A.-based beauty director with over a decade of branded content and editorial experience. She joined Who What Wear in 2014 as the first branded content editor and has worked her way up to overseeing the beauty department of the media revenue team. Before Who What Wear, Caitie helped launch FabFitFun's first subscription box and worked at a beauty startup where she assisted in successfully launching the editorial department.