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Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20- reader reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Sun Protection for Face
September 2, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 3 Comments
Reviewed by Kelley

I received Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF20 product on the afternoon of 8/8/11. I read the outside of the box that the moisturizer was packaged in, like every girl does hoping for the next anti-aging miracle to be in her hands! The box stated that this moisturizer was formulated (that’s a word I will come back to in a minute) with Alguronic Acid, which has been scientifically tested to show an increased cellular regeneration and has demonstrated significant anti-aging properties. It included SPF20,  so according to the box not only would my skin have restored moisture and improved firmness and elasticity, it was also going to protect my skin from the signs of aging caused by UVA and UVB rays we are exposed to. I thought wow, that’s killing two birds with one stone, I’m in!!

I applied the first “dose” the next morning after my normal cleansing routine and the first thing I noticed was the smell. Yuk! It smelled like one of those old moisturizers your grandma had back in the day she probably got from Avon or Mary Kay! (Sorry not to insult anyone, just being reflective!) Anyway, it was quite thick and gluey feeling, but I went ahead and applied it to my face. The cream felt heavy and thick on my skin, just like it looked in the jar. I felt like I had a coating of some sort all over my face.  After the application, I had to wait for the cream to absorb or dry, before I applied any sort of makeup.  I don’t wear any type of heavy foundation on my skin, so I brushed on my mineral powder makeup.  I felt like I was applying flour to a greased cake pan and trust me when I went out into the hot Texas heat, my skin looked and felt the same way. My poor skin felt like it was smothered and couldn’t breathe.

In the spirit of being a true “tester,” I went ahead and continued with the moisturizer for the next 3 weeks with my last application being on August 26, after which time, my poor face was screaming uncle, I give up!!  My skin look tired and worn, and all the progress I had made from using other tried and tested products by TIA, I felt had pretty much gone out the window!!

After completion of my test, I began to research the actual ingredients of this product and to my horror; it was nothing more than sunscreen and chemicals!! The first 3 “active ingredients,” as they were listed specifically on the box, were all sunscreen agents. And not very safe ones I might add. Avobenzone was the first sunscreen agent listed and according to my research, had been shown to degrade significantly when exposed to sunlight and breakdown once exposed into unknown chemicals. The safety of the product had been questionable as it had been shown to be absorbed by the skin as well! The studies had shown that if it was mixed with other substances some of these issues could be reduced, but from what I found, none of those substances had been used in this product! The next ingredient was Homosalate, which is another form of sunscreen and used as a fragrance ingredient as well, hmm, maybe that was the reason for the nasty smell I first noticed? The third ingredient was, you guessed it, ANOTHER sunscreen called Octisalate.  So in reading the “other” ingredients, as they were listed on the box, and the first being water, after 7 more chemicals, finally the 8th ingredient was Shea Butter! Something I didn’t have to research.  Call me crazy, but I certainly hope for a lot more safer and beneficial ingredients to come before the 11th ingredient in the product!!! As I read further on, there were very few other known beneficial components of this product. The 15th ingredient was Algae Exopolysaccharides, which is one of the “strains” of algae know as Alguronic Acid.  So that’s what formulated means!! I love this definition from Webster’s Dictionary, 1 : to reduce to or express in a formula 2 : to develop a formula for the preparation of (as a soap or plastic) Boy does that hit the nail on the head for me!! So if it’s “formulated” with Alguronic Acid and it’s the 15th ingredient, that makes it okay to list that as a selling point for your product?? I’m dyslexic and no scientist, but it doesn’t take a genius to research and realize this product is not one you want to slather on your face or anywhere else for that matter!


Ingredients: Water/Eau (Aqua), Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Phosphate, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Malus Domestica Fruit (Apple) Cell Culture Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Tetrapeptide-21, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Biotin, Glucosamine HCL, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Ergothioneine, Oleanolic Acid, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Mannitol, D-Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

  • December 19, 2016

    by AS

    I love this stuff, been using it for years. Think it really works well, has kept my skin looking good and reduced the signs of aging; and I like the heavier texture. surprised by this review!

  • October 31, 2015

    by skylar

    I'm commenting on an old review but as the product is still available so feedback is still relevant.
    The "review" is lacking in important background such what type of skin does the reviewer have and what are her needs from the product. For instance, using an anti-aging moisturizing cream (not lotion) in the summer in Texas might be inappropriate for all but the driest of complexions. The complaints were also about the sunscreen, which begs the question, why didn't the reviewer check the product label before reviewing? The wrong sunscreen for her does not necessarily negate the beneficial properties of the product. Buy the product without sunscreen and buy a separate sunscreen with a higher SPF which can be applied giving more protection than can be provided by the 15 SPF in moisturizers.

    Way too much is read into the use of 'formulation' as it's an ingredient mixed in, not added as a catalyst for a chemical reaction such as a hardener for plastics. As to the order of ingredients, a comparison would be chocolate cake, where the 2.5 cups of flour far outweighs the amount of cocoa powder yet the chocolate flavor is prominent just as the minute amounts of baking powder and salt are prominent in the result of the cake rising properly. As to weed killers? common pantry items can kill weeds - salt, lemon juice, vinegar, but it's not likely that common weed and feed herbicides are in the product.

    Seriously, a review without the drama based on facts and not presumptions would be more useful.

  • September 2, 2011

    by jc

    i may have the unpopular view but i am confused by this review. you're upset the first few ingredients are sunscreen to protect your skin from u.v. not one being 'unsafe' in this formula. other than possibly being irritating to some people(being that some people have more sensitivity to synthetic spf ingredients..i, for one, can't use them around the eyes as they get irritated, but i don't think that means it's unsafe, i'm just sensitive) i think that spf is a good thing in a day cream.

    again, i think i'll be unpopular when i say this but everything is made up of chemicals including your body so chemicals are not inherently bad, water is a chemical, as is salt. there are some interesting looking ingredients in this formula but the one i'd be most concerned about is the eucalyptus oil, i don't like any fragrance or 'essential' oils in anything i use on my face. most scientific research leans toward fragrance/oils being sensitizing or even cytotoxic, i'd rather not take the chance.

    also the amount of alguronic acid is not indicative of its efficacy, some ingredients need only be used in small amounts to get an effect(think BHA for an only need 1 to 2% to see a difference)

    now the part i do understand is your skin was not happy while using it and that is what it boils down to...listen to your skin, and if it's not happy stop what you're doing! i hope this doesn't come across personally because i'm not attacking your review and it's a shame what should be a decent formula wreaked havoc on your skin....hope you can whip it back into shape in short time!

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