Algae + Science = Breakthrough Anti-Aging Skincare
If you’ve been anywhere near a Sephora lately, you have surely noticed beauty’s most buzzed about brand, biotechnology turned cosmetics company, Algenist. Their story starts seven years ago when biotech scientists were studying microalgae for renewable energy solutions (algae can convert the sun’s energy into usable chemical energy).
The scientists unexpectedly discovered a compound, alguronic acid, which regenerated the algae cell, and protected it from the harsh environment. The thought was, if this compound protects these microalgae in the harshest of environments, what could it do for our skin? One scientist started putting it on his scarred skin and saw results good enough to forgo the energy research and form a cosmetics company!
The company, dubbed Algenist, includes that miracle ingredient, alguronic acid in all their products. Joining this force of nature are other powerful agents that improve the skin like vitamin C and niacinamide (vit B3), which has been clinically proven to soften skin, treat hyperpigmentation, and eliminate acne.
Algenist has made bold claims that alguronic acid, when applied to the skin, shows the same cell regenerative properties and has superior anti-aging benefits compared to the most effective ingredients known today, like hyaluronic acid or retinol.
The wht review team had the chance to check out five products from this spanking new, carefully crafted line. I was lucky enough to test two products, the Concentrated Restructuring Serum and the Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion. Both products are beautifully packaged in heavy glass bottles that are minimalist and very scientific looking yet totally luxurious as well.
The Concentrated Reconstructing Serum ($95) comes with a plastic pipet straight out of a science lab to apply just the right amount of product. It spreads perfectly and I can feel it going to work instantly. I actually believe I watched it tighten up my under eye bags one morning!
It actually is quite moisturizing for a serum, too. I let it go to work for about five minutes before applying the moisturizer, and there have been times during my testing period that I’ve forgotten to follow up with my moisturizer. It’s so hydrating – and with my skin that never happens to me!
The scent is light and pretty – just a little “islandly” – could be the green tea, orange, lemon, apple or bamboo extracts that are included! My face glows all day long and I’ve been using it every morning and evening for three weeks.
The Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion ($75) feels lightweight and just one pump depresses the perfect amount for one side of my face.
This light, but fully moisturizing lotion gives just the right amount of hydration, especially when applied over the serum. My skin feels comfortable, but doesn’t shine from too much moisture all day.
Oh, and I am intoxicated by the scent of this lotion. It’s just a little stronger than the serum and reminds me of a Hawaiian shampoo I used when I was younger. In addition to the Alguronic Acid, other ingredients in this glass bottle include shea butter, soybean oil, and apple and watermelon extracts.
Now is where our team of reviewers comes in! Algenist is so new to the market that I’m looking forward to see more reviews from the actual skin of testers (rather than cells in a dish)! I’m on day 21 of my product testing and finding great results so far (it takes at least 28 days to see full results). I can’t wait to hear from our other testers, as well as any readers out there who have given Algenist a try. Our team had the chance to test two additional Algenist products:
Targeted Age Correcting Serum ($79) – a smooth, velvety serum that corrects and resurfaces the skin, diminishing dark spots and age spots, evening skin tone and smoothing skin texture
Overnight Restorative Cream ($90) – an intensely nourishing, restoring night cream that repairs and renews the skin overnight
Finally, it’s important to note is what Algenist does not include in their products. All are formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan.
Readers and testers – share your studies and results from the use Algenist skincare. Are you glad those brainy scientists switched from fossil fuels to facial fuels?![ratings]
Wht contributor Mel is a new(ish) Mom to the absolutely adorable Kellyanne, an avid makeup junkie and a junior high science teacher. Beauty and brains – just what we want in a wht author!
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