The holy trinity of alguronic acid, peptide 3D complex, and algae extract is proven to improve appearances of wrinkles and skin
density elasticity. An in-depth research following this chance meeting uncovered alguronic acid. A key ingredient used in all Algenist products, the company claims that it is more hydrating than hyaluronic acid and a better anti-ageing weapon in elastin production, decreasing cell damage caused by UV light and brightening, compared to retinol, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
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“What protect these algae are polysaccharides, and they keep the algae hydrated. They often have antioxidants in them, and slight protection, blocking UV light. What the polysaccharides do for the organisms, do the same for us too,” says Dr. Grossman. “It creates a barrier between the skin and environment, and helps retain minerals and water. They are also exfoliants, taking off dead skin cells without irritating the skin. The retention of certain UV-absorbing pigments helps create good skincare products.
KEEPING IT REAL
When asked whether any of the microalgae used in the preliminary stages are bioengineered, Dr. Grossman insists that one need not worry. “Any time you isolate a compound, it is clean, pure. So it doesn’t matter where you got the organism from. We do it all the time when we breed plants. You can genetically modify them to make more polysaccharides and oils, but it’s the same in terms of effectiveness and safety.”
FUTURE OF SKINCARE
“We have just skimmed the surface in using algae,” divulges Dr. Grossman, exhorting a continual research into its potency. “We are at the stage where we are not just using products on the skin, but also to regenerate internally. Other things such as collagen and elastin can stimulate these externals that may be crucial in the future.” Drawing an example of how organisms handle photosynthesis, he says, “We are learning how they do it to make something that would work the same way for our skin. The algae probably does it better than any other organism.” Algenist is available at Sephora stores nationwide.
A scientist working on the microalgae