It’s not everyday that scientists researching the world’s most pressing issue- renewable energy resources and biofuels-stumble upon a skin care ingredient so packed full of anti-aging skin care benefits that it gives retinol (the current gold standard in beauty) some competition. But these days do indeed occur.
Scientists studying microalgae out of a garage in San Francisco, CA, came across the ingredient alguronic acid and, from there, an unlikely beauty brand was born. Algenist, which officially launched a line of skin care products last March, contains this patent-pending and proprietary ingredient. It first rolled out a serum, moisturizer and eye balm banking on the fact that in clinical studies, alguronic acid increased elastin synthesis for younger-looking skin. It also showed the ability to protect against further cell damage incurred by the aging process and everyday environmental aggravators, as well as improve cell regeneration. In head to head studies commissioned by Algenist, alguronic acid actually outperformed retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C in its anti-aging capabilities.
The latest addition to the skin care brand, which launched last month, is Firming and Lifting Intensive Mask, $52, Firming and Lifting Cream, $94, and Firming and Lifting Eye Gel, $68, which combine their star ingredient alguronic acid with active peptides and proteins to comprehensively restructure and repair aging skin.
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