Monday, 14 November 2011
Algenist Regenerative Moisturiser SPF 20 review
With that grumble out of the way, I've been using this most mornings since I bought it in August, and I'm finally ready to review it. I'm generally (but not overwhelmingly) positive about it.
Algenist is a gel-cream texture that absorbs quickly - it's not as heavy or rich feeling as the creams I usually favour in the winter. I find it leaves my skin well hydrated, but it can also leave a slightly shiny/plastic-y looking coating on my skin on warmer days if I apply too much (Chantecaille Firming Sun Cream SPF 30 remains my first choice summer moisturiser). I haven't experienced any cysts, but I have noticed some clogged pores on my cheeks around my nose and on my chin if I'm not careful when cleansing and if I don't exfoliate once a week. It has a light, slightly minty scent that dissipates quickly.
My skin is generally in good condition and I haven't noticed any particular marked improvement using this moisturiser, although I haven't had any flakiness or dry patches either (I've been using it with my usual Skinceuticals C serum in the morning).
I think this would be a good choice for a dehydrated skin, particularly for one that isn't inherently dry by nature (for a good explanation of dry v dehydrated, read this post on The Beauty Mouth: Beauty Mouth Dry or Dehydrated Cheat Sheet.) It's also a good option for men; it doesn't smell girly, it sinks in well and feels soothing on just-shaved skin. Mr London has been dipping into my jar since he ran out of his Anthony Logistics moisturiser.
This costs £68 for 60ml, and has some good ingredients for that price (as I would expect): the algae polysaccharide complex that the line is based around, as well as vitamin C, a polypeptide, pea extract and apple seed extract. It doesn't have vitamin A or any of its derivatives in the formula (vitamin A in day creams is a bugbear of mine). I also like the fact that you can buy a version of this without spf in it for those who are sensitive to or choose not to wear a sunscreen.
I'll continue to use this, and would consider repurchasing it. I bought mine from SpaceNK, which I think is the only UK stockist currently.