My "Desperately Seeking SPF" series chronicles my search for great everyday moisturizers with SPF. Today's review is for Algenist's Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20.
Algenist is a new line available at Sephora. If you missed my recent review of their eye cream, be sure to check it out here: Algenist Eye Renewal Balm.
What is Alguronic Acid and what does it do?
A team of biotechnology scientists in San Francisco, California, focused on developing microalgae-based renewable energy solutions, unexpectedly discovered Alguronic Acid, a powerful compound responsible for regenerating and protecting the microalgae cell. When scientifically tested, Alguronic Acid demonstrated significant anti-aging properties, increasing elastin synthesis by up to 32%* and cellular regeneration by up to 55%*.
Leveraging the regenerative power of Alguronic Acid for the first time, Algenist delivers the next level of skincare technology backed by biotechnology expertise and outstanding consumer results.
My Skin Background:
I generally have normal-dry skin (note: *usually* normal to-dry...since I just had a baby, my hormones are a bit whacked and I have been getting oily breakthrough too). My skin rarely breaks out. But, if I am not careful in product selection, I can get a stray breakout here and there. My pores are somewhat large throughout my t-zone region. My skin is very sensitive to product ingredients. I do not have any lines or wrinkles. But, I can get some very fine lines (mostly around the eye area) when my skin is dry/dehydrated. So, with all that said, my skin is generally in very good condition. But, I would love a more refined texture and less "congestion" in my trouble areas.
How did my skin like this luxurious Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20 by Algenist? Keep reading to find out!
Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20:
This skin cream just seems so luxe to me! I am not sure exactly why? It just "feels" so nourishing and rich...like I am giving my skin a special treat when I put this on.
Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of skincare products packaged in jar containers. But, I assume that the cream is so thick and rich that a jar container is the best solution.
I was initially a bit put-off by the "minty/menthol" scent. But, after using it for a couple weeks, I literally found myself "craving" the scent! No, I am not a scented skincare product person. But, sometimes product scent really does add something to the experience of using the product. While I would prefer this product to be unscented, the scent really grew on me and I ended up liking it!
What does this moisturizer claim to do?
- Restores skin moisture.
- Rebuilds firmness and elasticity.
- Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Regenerates skin.
- Protects against UVA/UVB exposure
Algenist products are all free of Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan. The Regenerative Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20 retails for $90.00 and is available at Sephora and the Algenist website.
This product is recommended for all skin types. But, it is such a rich, thick, and hydrating cream that I think it would be best suited for normal-dry skin types. While I really like this moisturizer for right now (Spring-Summer), I think that I would *love* it for cooler weather (Fall-Winter) when my skin leans more towards dry.
How I use:
You can apply this moisturizer both mornings and evenings. But, I reserve it for mornings only since it is an SPF. So, I apply in the mornings on freshly cleansed skin. I use about an "almond" size amount. The product feels very creamy and it sinks in rather quickly leaving a dewy glow behind. My skin feels immediately soft and hydrated after application. I love that I don't need a serum with this SPF! I feel that it is packed with enough good anti-aging ingredients to skip a serum.
While this product has a strong scent, I did not find that the scent of the product irritated my sensitive skin. Actually, I found that this product actually soothes my skin and calms irritation. After a few weeks of use, I notice that my skin seem seems plumper, smoother, and very hydrated. Also, even though this product is super-duper thick and hydrating, it did not cause any breakouts! Actually, I did not even have one single breakout during this entire product test.
I really like this moisturizer by Algenist! I think it will be my ideal facial moisturizer during cooler weather. But, it works just great for right now too! I will continue to test other SPFs for my own use and for the purposes of this series. But, I have a feeling I will continue to come back to this one by Algenist! It is worth it for the smooth skin and the anti-aging benefits!!!