A very eager employee named Jamie introduced me to this product at Sephora. When I told him I had dry skin, he was absolutely PUMPED to tell me all about Algenist (and their miracle ingredient, Alguronic Acid aka algae extract). He was obviously a new employee, and he was so enthusiastic that I actually spent about 20 minutes conversing with him about skin care (including new fangled Korean skin care ingredients). He recommended that I try Algenist’s Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion. A quick googling later showed this lotion had favourable reviews, so off to the check out counter I went.

Product information:

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From the Algenist website:

This oil-free and extremely lightweight lotion hydrates and cools the skin upon contact. It delivers all the benefits of a powerful anti-aging moisturizer without the heaviness of a more traditional moisturizer. Alguronic Acid combines with vitamin C and E and watermelon extract to minimize fine lines and wrinkles while boosting radiance.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water, Eau), Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Oligopeptide-68, Caprylyl Glycol, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ergothioneine, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Lactate, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium PCA, Sodium Oleate, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).

The CosDNA analysis is here.

Ingredient Spotlight:

Algae Exopolysaccharides: Research into brown algae has revealed its metabolites act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.  Compounds from marine algae also have potential to be used as brightening agents.

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: This ingredient is derived from the fat obtained from the karite tree.  It is an emollient with anti-inflammatory properties that protects the skin from dehydration and is rich source of antioxidants.

Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract: Watermelon is a fruit that is jam packed with antioxidants.

Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract: Lentil fruit serves as an antioxidant and conditions the skin.

Assessment:

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The Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion comes in a frosted glass bottle with a black pump style top. It is a thin white lotion that spreads easily on the skin without tugging. I have been using this lotion twice daily for almost eight weeks. I use two full pumps for my face after I tone my skin and use my vitamin C. It glides lightly on to my skin smoothly and absorbs within moments and leaves no sticky residue. Unfortunately, even with two full pumps on my face, my skin still felt dry and stretched at the end of the day. With its oil free formula, it is geared more towards those with oily skin.  I have not had a reaction to this product since I have been using it.

The Algenist website claims:

Key Benefits: 

Hydrates and refreshes the skin

Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Smoothes skin texture while boosting radiance

Based on my own personal experience, I would disagree with the first key benefit. I think this moisturizer is hydrating enough for oily skin, but not for skin as dry as mine. As to minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, I never noticed any difference in my forehead lines. I did, however, notice that my skin was smoother immediately after I used it. That feeling just didn’t last throughout the entire day.

Conclusion: 

The Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion is packed with antioxidants and skin beneficial ingredients, and their star ingredient, Algae Exopolysaccharides, has good research backing it in general, even though we don’t know the exact blend of algae used in the product.

Although I had a nice experience using this lotion, I feel that it is more suited to people with oily skin. It just didn’t have quite enough moisturizing ingredients on its own for my dry skin.

TL;DR:

  • packed full of skin beneficial ingredients
  • oil free formula is great for people with oily skin
  • not moisturizing enough for those of us with dry skin
  • expensive

Score: 4/5

Where to buy: Sephora

 

References

Baumann, L. (2009). Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (2nd ed.). United States: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing.

Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary A – Z: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice. (n.d.). Retrieved 28 February 2015, from http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/

Michalun, M. V., & Dinardo, J. C. (2015). Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary (4th ed.). Clifton Park, NY, USA: Cengage Learning.

Thomas, N. V., & Kim, S.-K. (2013). Beneficial Effects of Marine Algal Compounds in Cosmeceuticals . Marine Drugs, 11(1), 146–164. http://doi.org/10.3390/md11010146

Winter, R. (2009). A consumer’s dictionary of cosmetic ingredients: complete information about the harmful and desirable ingredients found in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. United States: Three Rivers Press.

 

Edited November 20, 2015 to add CosDNA link