Another reviewer mentioned the "weird pink color" and slimy texture as seeming old fashioned - Puncture an Astaxanthin supplement and that pink oil is what will come out! This natural carotenoid is what makes "good-for-you" Salmon pink. The Madre Labs serum smells like the real thing, too, so you know that it's definitely in here, ready to penetrate your skin! As for the slight sliminess, that's also from the oily texture of this antioxidant found in seafood. Now for my experience with it: I've dutifully tried all kinds of natural eye creams, vitamin A serums, etc; I never expected a serum I bought on sale to simply try out (for the rarity of astaxanthin in a skin cream) to have given my delicate eye area the positive experience this has. It definitely tightens, as other reviewers mentioned. If you don't like your skin feeling tight just use a dab. A little goes a long way. But my absolute favorite part: It instantly gives my face a youthful, natural, flowery glow. As if I've just powdered my face! It's lightweight, and although it's not an eye serum, I'm happily exchanging the high end intensive eye cream I've been using for a couple years for this now! At least you know a truly potent anti-aging nutrient is in this! (Astaxanthin also has amazing UV-protecting properties. I haven't gone out much in the sun yet to test if it helps topically.) Also, my old eye cream would occasionally give me a little permanent bump around the skin of my eye from clogging my pores, I suspect. This is a wonderful treat for the skin, and it just feels so summery! Superb work, Madre Labs!
Posted by ShelleyP on Mar 29, 2014 | Verified Purchase
It seems okay as far as providing some light moisture - can't say if it has any therapeutic effect. I notice a few people saying it wasn't moisturizing enough. It is intended as a serum, to be applied under your regular moisturizer. Smell is a bit odd, it could use a little natural scent. It didn't cause any irritation or redness, but after brief usage of a week or so, I did notice my face breaking out in some small bumps. Will see what happens with longer use. Also, not sure about the ingredients - does seem to contain some unnecessary chemicals. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of difference (that I can tell) between the Astaxanthin and Pycnogenol one.
Posted by PurplePegasus on Mar 11, 2014 | Verified Purchase
A tad too many chemicals for me but the Madre labs brand is good and I've enjoyed their organic lip balms and superfruit powders before. Thank you for the free sample, iHerb!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jul 27, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I don't have very sensitive skin, and love a glycolic acid peel, so I wasn't expecting this at all. Worse still the burning didnt go away after washing and using a cooling toner of nettle and peppermint which always soothes my skin. Blotchy redness slight bumps and irritation lasted to the next day. Gave to my mother to try but she hasnt yet, will update if her experience adds specifically to this report. UPDATE: My mom had absolutely wonderful results with this from first use. Made her skin soft, and the skin tone quite procelain. She is very happy, so I am very happy too.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Sep 21, 2016 | Verified Purchase
Have been using this serum for a couple of weeks. I like it and it seems to work. But it is very disappointing to realize that Madre Labs do not mention what type of Astaxanthin they use in their production. If it is synthetic Astaxanthin, it is most likely produced from petrochemicals .... Natural Astaxantin is produced from micro algae. I would want to know before I reorder.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Apr 09, 2015 | Verified Purchase
absorbs well, no smell, leaves the skin feeling nice and hydrated. I prefer serums to be with a pump or as a tube so that the product remains air-tight and without sticking my fingers in it, so that's a the downside.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Apr 01, 2014 | Verified Purchase
לא התאים לי - יש לי עור מעורב. ניתן באהבה לאמא שלישמשתמשת בו
Posted by iHerb Customer on Oct 14, 2015 | Verified Purchase
Good but need oral astaxanthin supplement I really recommend this cream, it improve skin color and the aspect of skin will be more young. But need use oral astaxanthin supplement and fine lines of skin will improve. --- Realmente recomiendo esta crema, mejora el color de la piel y el aspecto de la piel será más joven. Pero necesitará utilizar suplementos de astaxantina oral y las líneas finas de la piel mejorará.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 28, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I have mixed skin but found this did dry my skin up, good to wear on a sunny hot day, but on a chilly day I had to add another moisturiser on top of this cream
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 22, 2014 | Verified Purchase
Will review later. However it has dimethicone in it which I typically don't like as it is bad for the skin
Posted by doppelganger on Apr 05, 2014 | Verified Purchase
It goes on really well, is quite mosturizing and I haven't noticed any problems due to my skin's sensitivity but I hate the smell.