I own a lot of different eye creams. In fact, I must have about 20 tubes or jars in my bathroom. But there are a very few that I actually use. As I’ve mentioned before, my eyes are sensitive, my eyelids are red from blepharitis, I have crow’s feet, occasional dark shadows under my eyes, and I’m always working on tightening the crepe-y loose skin above my crease. Sheesh, I sound like a mess! The point is I expect my eye cream to do a lot, and most don’t make the cut.
Several weeks ago, I received a cruelty-free, vegan, made in the U.S. eye cream to try out: Cardea Luxe Skin Care Radiance Eye Renewal Therapy. For some reason, the name sounded familiar to me. I thought I remembered passing a Cardea Luxe shop on LaCienga or Santa Monica Boulevards during one of my trips to LA a few years ago, but I couldn’t find it via Google Maps so I must be mis-remembering it. At any rate, Cardea Luxe is from Los Angeles, and we know that many people in LA are always trying to look their best.
Cardea Luxe Radiance Eye Renewal Therapy comes in an airless pump jar. To me, that type of packaging is the best of all possible skincare packaging. It’s easy to use, and it keeps the product fresh and efficacious. Just push down on the top and out it comes. You can control how much comes out by pushing gently for a little or harder for more.
Cardea Luxe Radiance Eye Renewal Therapy is a fragrance-free gel-cream, my favorite consistency when it comes to skincare. It’s very hydrating but also lightweight. It would work well for all skin types. It’s a gender-neutral product that men would enjoy as much as women, IMHO. It’s very gentle on my red lids and crease. In fact, I use it all around my eyes. It does a good job strengthening the skin above my crease and softening the crepe-y look. Similarly, it helps soften the look of my crow’s feet. Not sure if it helps the shadows under my eyes because they seem to come and go based on how much sleep I get and with the fire alarm situation that seems to be resolved, I wasn’t getting much sleep lately.
Though I don’t know how much it contains, Cardea Luxe contains hyaluronic acid and I can tell that it is helping my skin look plumper and more hydrated. It also contains about a million different plant-based oils as well as squalene and glycerin that are also moisturizing. Cardea Luxe flags Matrixyl 3000 on their packaging, an anti aging ingredient made up of two peptides, palmitoyl-tripeptide and palmitoyl-oligopeptide. They work together to make skin produce more collagen and elastin.
I’ve had really good results from Cardea Luxe Radiance Eye Renewal Therapy. Besides using it on eyes, the website and packaging say you can use it on your face and neck. Because I wanted to “save it”, I haven’t often used it on my face or neck though it does work well as a facial moisturizer too. In fact, I thought Cardea Luxe was very expensive. When I sat down to write up my thoughts, I went to their website to check on the price, and I was honestly very surprised to see that the price is truly affordable, $29.99 for 1.8 oz./50 ml! It’s sold on the Cardea Luxe website or through Amazon where it’s a best-selling, top-rated skincare product.
A couple of months ago, Dermstore was having a sale on PCA Skin so I purchased a tube of their $80+ eye gel that I like a lot so I’d have it on hand when I finish up the tube. Now I wish I had held off. I’ve found that I get the same results using Cardea Luxe Radiance Eye Renewal Therapy at a fraction of the cost. Live and learn.
Purified Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Glycolic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil) Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Extract (Sea Fennel Wax), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide/Palmitoyl Tetrapepdide 7 (Matrixyl 3000), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Hydrosol, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, R Lipoic Acid, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Agustifolium (Blueberry) Extract, Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Mahonia Aquifolia (Oregon Grape) Extract, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Camellia Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Pelargonium Gravolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Oil, Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (Peptides), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sclerotium Gum, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, EDTA.