We’re pretty in-tune with the latest and greatest in topical ingredients. A superstrength pore-reducer that also clears acne? We’ve been using it since it was still on the chemist’s table. A sun-damage reverser that brightens spots naturally? We had our hands on it while it was still overseas. But Algenist’s Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer star ingredient, alguronic acid, took us for a loop. What is it? What does it do? We had to delve deeper.
Turns out this little wonder ingredient is, according to the company, an algae-based alternative to retinol. A team of researchers in San Francisco found that it had the ability to increase cell regeneration and renewal as well as elastin synthesis, while inhibiting melanin production and providing a level of protection from UV cell damage and DNA damage. It took the researcher six years to grow, extract, purify and stabilize the ingredient and put it into skin care; the entire Algenist line revolves around this one powerful ingredient.
So what does that mean for your skin? Simply put, it’s effective at renewing and protecting the skin. In clinical trials, the moisturizer minimized fine lines and wrinkles in 90 percent of the subjects and improved skin’s firmness in 88 percent of participants within four weeks of use. With results like that and a team of scientists to back it up, this superstar ingredient shows serious promise.
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