TTB Reviews: Algenist Skincare

The science of beauty. While so many of us are busy focusing on the sparkly pieces of our makeup and skincare collections (ahem, present company included), it’s easy to overlook the less glamorous aspects of these items.  However, when I come across products formulated by biotechnology scientists with claims of “unprecedented anti-aging results,” my nerd alert button turns on and I am intrigued.  Algenist is a skincare brand that focuses on the “ability of effective, bioactive ingredients to deliver visible anti-aging results to the skin.”

The key ingredient, Alguronic acid, produced from a specific and unique strain of microalgae, is present in every product in the line and stimulates skin cell regeneration which directly helps to slow the aging process.  How delightful does that sound?  Aging is not welcome in my home, as I am sure it is not welcome in yours.  The line is quite extensive and runs the gamut from cleansers and serums to masks and eye creams, most are non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic and all are formulated without parabens and sulfates.  Finding skincare that has such efficacious ingredients without all the added junk is still quite rare and a welcome addition to my skincare arsenal.

A sucker for cleansers, I immediately dove right into trying the Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser first.  Since my skin type changes so frequently this time of year, I was thrilled to see that it was designed for all skin types.  The texture was quite thick but removed all of my makeup effortlessly and really gave my skin a thorough deep cleansing.  I noticed my skin did not have the using tight feeling I often have with many other cleansers and I attributed that to the oat amino acids in the product.  Afterwards, my skin felt supple, smooth and radiant without any redness.

Another stand out product from the line was the Firming and Lifting Mask – which should be renamed “the miracle mask”.   Designed to immediately tighten, tone and smooth the skin, this mask delivered on its promise, leaving my skin looking like a firmer, tighter and softer version of its normal self.  And like the cleanser, this is suitable for all skin types.


To round out my love affair that has now blossomed with Algenist products is the Concentrated Restructuring Serum and the Firming and Lifting Eye Gel.  Both are formulated with Algenist’s signature Alguronic acid, while the serum has an added bonus of an algae-based alternative to retinol, and the eye cream gets a boost with chamomile and caffeine.

All Algenist products are available on their website and Sephora, and range in price from $25-$95.

Maree About Maree

Fueled by her love (obsession) of all things beauty, Maree Sye writes from the viewpoint of the everyday woman. Recently transitioning from a decade long career as an executive in the cosmetics industry to her current role as sales manager for a baby goods company, Maree has turned her insider information into a spectator sport. Choosing products appropriate for the office, understanding how to transition from day to night, and constantly seeking the elusive weekend “makeup, no makeup” look are the issues that keep Maree up at night. When she is not testing out products and blabbing about them on This That Beauty, you can find her blabbings on A Little Bit etc, her personal fashion/beauty blog – it’s a little bit fashion, a little bit beauty and a whole lot of sass. Maree currently resides in Bergdorf Goodman (or her apt in Midtown Manhattan), spends her summers vacationing at Sephora (or the dog park near her apt), and dreams of one day amassing so much makeup, that she will need a bigger home. Follow Maree on twitter @alittlebitetc or follow her down the street if you like – most likely she is on her way to pick up a new lipstick.


  1. Veronica says:

    I LOOOOOOVE your site and your Instagram. (my english is not that good, sorry). I want to try algenist after your post.
    See you!

  2. Jessica says:

    Thanks for this. Sounds wonderful! I’ve been using a brightening cleanser from Apothederm and it’s been working wonders on my skin. It would be great with this.

  3. Glorya says:

    I am looking for reviews on Algenist as I am considering buying the special deal that is at Sephora’s currently. I tried the 10-day trial and was incredibly happy with the results. I am 49 years young, rounding the corner into 59 come late October. While my skin looks good due to all the protection I’ve taken for the past 15 years…No drinking, smoking, illict drugs, limited sun, limited stress, etc., I still have that aging look to my skin. After using this product, on the 4th day, my skin felt soft and supple, looked tighter, the bags under my eyes were diminished. I looked great! I’m ready to invest my $90 plus dollars into a great offer by Sephora. The sale is three Algenist products for the price of 1. If I am going to invest, I figure it’s a good idea to get a deal.

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