PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)
PRICE DETAILS: 1fl.oz./30ml $95 (Glass bottle with dropper)
PRESENTATION: Glass Bottle with Dropper
TEXTURE & SCENT: Lightweight lotion/serum without any fragrance.
KEY FEATURES: Alguronic Acid – which demonstrated a 55% increase in cell regeneration over untreated cells.
QUICK REVIEW: Impressive lightweight serum delivers promising results.
the REVIEW (04/02/2011): First, I love that Solazyme, Inc. is based in San Francisco, and who’s main purpose is developing a renewable oil source utilizing the microalgae’s “prolific oil production capabilities”. Through serendipitous discovery, they find Alguronic Acid®, which is the isolated protective molecule that microalgae uses to protect itself from UV exposure and desiccation (drying out).
“We use a patented 15 step process to extract and purify alguronic acid in order to formulate this unique compound into Algenist products for optimum delivery to the skin.” – Algenist (post on their Facebook page)
Sure, algae isn’t a newcomer to the cosmetic and skin care world. Dr. Max Huber, the aerospace physicist used sea kelp and bio-fermentation to create his Miracle Broth™. Creme de La Mer was born (although it is now owned and distributed by Estee Lauder) and a plethora of algae-centric products followed. Algenist was also smart in formulating their products without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan (according to Sephora’s website) keeping them on trend.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS (For more current results, see Updates below): I got a small sample of exciting newcomer Algenist’s Concentrated Reconstructing Serum during a recent Sephora jaunt after immersing myself in any information I could uncover about alguronic acid (which I am assuming is Algae Exopolysaccharides – for those looking for it in the ingredient list).
Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum has a fluid lotion texture that absorbs readily into the skin while still providing slip – making it easy to effectively apply it evenly to the skin. It has a mild scent (it has no added fragrance) that was barely perceptible and did not add or distract to the application experience.
My short experience did not produce any adverse reactions (no rash, no breakouts) – but my skin did feel soft and comfortable without any greasy feeling. While it was made to be used under moisturizer, it had enough moisture for oilier skins on its own. The serum also worked nicely under makeup (one benefit of dimethicone, which I normally try to avoid) and my Jane Iredale PurePressed Base looked just as fresh in the PM as it did earlier that morning.
While I cannot give a complete testimonial to results (I only used it AM/PM for two days) this serum has huge potential just based on the ingredient list alone. Besides the alguronic acid being toward the top of the ingredient list, Algenist modestly does not mention the inclusion of malus domestica or swiss apple stem cells. This ingredient delays the aging process by protecting skin cells from environmental damage.¹ Algenist also includes peptides, niacinamide (made popular by Olay), Bamboo extract (which helps surface restoration of the skin² and a list of botanical extracts – but does not have any parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan. I would prefer these formulas to NOT include dimethicone, I’m willing to overlook it because of the potential benefits of the rest of the ingredients.
In short, whether you are a skin care beginner or a seasoned pro, Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum offers an exciting new formulations that has incredible potential. Full sizes of their products are on my list and I can’t wait to see what they deliver.
04/12/2011: I managed to score several Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum (CRS) samples after a trip to Sephora and one of the cool team members also made me a sample of the Regenarative Anti-Aging Moisturizer as well. I’ve been using the CRS day and night for the last 7 days and the moisturizer lasted about 3 of the 7 days. While I can’t testify if it reduces wrinkles (I don’t have any – I have lovely spots instead), any signs of fatigue and dryness that I had is gone. While my skin did get a little oily during the day, it wasn’t any more than normal – there were also no breakouts. That said, I do have little bumps on my forehead and cheeks which is my normal reaction to dimethicone, although this didn’t show up until I added the moisturizer, so its possible it was just too much at once.
All in all, Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum is a product I am likely to research further. My test run has convinced me that it is a good investment – although I will probably use it more like a “moisturizer” product over a more watery serum. It would be a perfect formulation for me, I still love that it has Malus Domestica in it, if it didn’t have the dimethicone in it (which is fine for the skin – but I happen to be slightly sensitive to it). Still, Algenist products are worth looking into if you’re on the market for a revolutionary new product with an exclusive new ingredient (alguronic acid).
03/04/2012: Finally caved and purchased Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum and Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser. I had purchased the Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion a few weeks prior since it was the silicone-free option, but I want to see if using the complete line will make a difference.
RELATED INFORMATION: Alguronic Acid (Wikipedia)
MONSTER BITES: Being Japanese and living in Hawaii – algae isn’t a mysterious substance from the sea. Sometimes we buy dried wakame (seaweed) from the store to make soup. After soaking the dried wakame in water, it quickly re-hydrates back into a soft, pliable – but firm substance. Why not harness some of that miraculous resilience into skin care? I’m writing Algenist products in my notebook and predicting that it will create the next big boom in skin care.
ALGENIST CONCENTRATED RECONSTRUCTING SERUM DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A smooth, advanced anti-aging serum formulated with a high concentration of the revolutionary ingredient Alguronic Acid to rebuild skin firmness and elasticity while restoring skin density and elasticity. Wrinkles are minimized and skin radiance is boosted. (Source: Algenist.com)
ABOUT ALGENIST: It started out as a renewable energy project—and turned into an unexpected anti-aging discovery. Algenist comes from a team of biotechnology scientists based in San Francisco. They were working on developing microalgae-based renewable energy solutions when they uncovered alguronic acid, a powerful compound responsible for regenerating and protecting the microalgae cell. When scientifically tested, it demonstrated significant antiaging properties, too. The result? A breakthrough skincare collection that offers never-before-seen technology for rejuvenated, younger-looking skin at any age. (Source: Sephora.com)
ALGENIST CONCENTRATED RECONSTRUCTING SERUM INGREDIENTS: Water/Eau (Aqua), Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Niacinamide, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Tetrapeptide-21, Beta-Glucan, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit (Apple) Cell Culture Extract, Inula Crithmoide Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Ergothioneine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Sorbitol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Sclerotium Gum, Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol.
Information & Image Sources: Algenist.com, Sephora.com
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