Algenist – biotechnological skincare

There are times when you hear of products that have arisen out of accidents. Post-it springs to mind, when they were aiming at producing a super strong glue, but ended up with a reattach able glue. Similarly with Algenist, they were researching microalgae as a source of environmentally sustainable, renewable energy. They inadvertently and unexpectedly discovered alguronic acid – a compound that had anti-ageing benefits. Added into their skin care products, Algenist now boasts an extensive range including moisturisers, toners and cleansers.Algenist-Sublime-Defence-SPFOne of my favourite products from Algenist is their Sublime Defence Blurring Moisturiser with SPF 30. Moisturisers including SPF is probably one of the best combinations in grooming products – similar to a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, only better. With only a little bit going a long way, the smooth paste leaves a matte finish which is something I’m really glad about as other moisturises can leave a slight shinny finish. Added with the SPF 30 you’ve got a strong combination that gives your skin the best sort of ‘anti-ageing’ and sun protection with a potent UV shield formulated with Algenist’s patented alguronic acid.I was recommended by a friend who’s a make-up artist that actually using serum before applying moisturiser is really good. She said it helped to firm up the skin and gets into the pores while smoothing the skin. With Algenist’s Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum I noticed again a nice matte feel once applying. This made a huge difference and left my skin feeling very light and fresh. Sometime I applied the serum on it’s own and found it worked fine, especially when applied just before bed. Using the Sublime Defence moisturiser with it helped give me that SPF protection. On several occasions since using Algenist products I have been commended on my skin, which is flattering, and I was able to cite Algenist as a key reason.

Don’t be put off the anti-aging tag used by Algenist – it’s not restricted to older generations – although is pretty handy when in need of those qualities. I’m in my early 30’s so not in that bracket just yet, but the highly potent vitamin C derivative and plant collagen apparently ‘reduces the appearance of skin discolorations, and boost brightness and radiance’. Some statement. And from what I’ve experienced, it does at least boost brightness and skin radiance. I’m keen to now try more from the Algenist range, epsecially if I keep getting nice remarks.

There’s a whole load of science behind it and if you are interested you can read here for more in-depth explanation. But as an honest straight talking guy, I thoroughly recommend the Sublime Defence Moisturiser! It’s turned out to be one of my all time favourites.

Algenist is available at Space NK
Algenist Sublime Defence – £65

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