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.