Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer

by Algenist  
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$45 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Specialty Products > Wrinkle Fillers
Last Updated:
11/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a very good wrinkle filler, but not because the called-out algae exopolysaccharides do anything magical to make lines go away. Rather, the formula contains a blend of silicones that have a spackle-like filling effect on wrinkles. The effect is temporary and won't make a big difference on deep, etched lines but you will see superficial lines become less apparent, and the silky finish doubles as a great base (foundation primer) for makeup.

Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer earns its rating not only for its elegant texture but because the formula contains an impressive mix of peptides, cell-communicating ingredients, and antioxidants, all without added fragrance! This product is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It's on the pricey side, but the packaging will keep key ingredients stable during use, which is to your skin's benefit!

A concentrated gel that primes the skin, immediately smoothing the appearance of lines and decreasing the size of deep wrinkles over time. The regenerative power of alguronic acid combines with soy protein, echinacea, and an active peptide complex to minimize deep wrinkles and even skin texture, creating a more youthful appearance and healthful glow.

Water, Polysilicone-11, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyacrylamide, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Pentylene Glycol, Laureth-12, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Isononanoic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Algenist is a small, rather expensive range of skin-care products sold at Sephora with a focus on anti-aging. Like several other cosmetics companies, Algenist has based their brand on a single ingredient, an ingredient they claim has superior benefits for skin and that, therefore, is worth the steep price tag. In this case, it was the "accidental" discovery of a substance found in algae. As the story goes, a group of biotechnology scientists were looking for ways to use something called microalgae as a renewable source of energy when they stumbled upon a compound known as alguronic acid. Their research revealed that alguronic acid is one of the compounds responsible for regenerating and protecting algae cells.

Figuring they were on to something, the company did further in vitro testing (although the details of their tests are not available, so you only have a science-fiction style story, not facts) and, of course, found that alguronic acid had anti-aging benefits on skin, too. Aside from having no idea what their studies did or didn't really show, in vitro means this ingredient was examined in a petri dish, not directly on human skin. They did limited testing on human skin, but many key details of these "studies" are not available. Instead, we're asked to accept that their ingredient made a remarkable difference. At the time of this writing, there isn't a single published study attesting to the claims Algenist makes for alguronic acid—so you're taking an expensive leap of faith in buying these products!

Before you get seduced by Algenist's claims and their explanation about how algae reproduces, let us tell you—it has no relation to how human skin works. Algae is about as related to human skin as a 747 jetliner is to roller skates.

Whether the story about alguronic acid being the answer for your skin is true or not, it is critical to keep in mind that skin, and skin care, is far more complex than one allegedly miraculous ingredient. Think of it like your diet: As healthy as green tea is, if that's all you consumed, you'd soon be malnourished. Just like your diet should contain a healthy mix of nutritious foods, your skin (which is your body's largest organ) needs a wide array of helpful ingredients to become and remain smooth, healthy, and, yes, able to look and act younger.

To Algenist's credit, their products contain more than just alguronic acid. Most of them have a good blend of skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients, although the ones they call out as key ingredients (such as apple stem cells) have no real published research proving their efficacy. Despite the fact that their products contain some tried-and-true anti-aging ingredients, Algenist makes the same mistakes as many other lines, such as using jar packaging (which won't keep any of the beneficial ingredients stable during use) and including fragrance or fragrant plant extracts to give the products an appealing scent. Fragrance isn't skin care and, in fact, more often than not, will cause irritation that hurts your skin's ability to look and act younger!

In the end, Algenist is not a must-have line, and it certainly isn't worth expanding your beauty budget to afford. There are some acceptable to impressive options for those who don't mind spending more than they need to for effective products, but you'll find a wider, often better range of options on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

For more information about Algenist, call (877) 650-1837 or visit www.algenist.com.

Note: Algenist lists the alguronic acid in their products as algae exopolysaccharides, which is the accepted cosmetic labeling name for alguronic acid.

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  1. Linda G
    Reviewed on Monday, February 03, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great Product So Far
    • I s tarted using this product about a week ago. I am 61 years old and have very dry skin. I have pretty young looking skin but was amazed at the results aft er using this for only a week. What was amazing is that the appearance of my deep smile lines were minimal. The appearance of crows feet have already lessened. I am looking forward to seeing my face after using this for a month or so. I t also has left those areas of my skin soft and supple.

  2. ChanelCinq
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 27, 2012
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      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Extreme bad allergic reaction
    • I have never in my life had an allergic reaction to anything. However I used this product around my eyes and my mouth and it was awful. I used it at night before bed and when I woke up the next morning I could not see very well because my eyes were swollen. My eyes and around my mouth was swollen and itchy. I put ice on it all through out the day. Then the 3rd morning when I woke up it was even worse. It was even more swollen and I could barely see through the slits in my eyes and the area around my eyes and mouth merged so this reaction affected almost my whole face. It was awful. The ingredients are NOT listed on the product and it was very difficult to get in contact with the company because the information on the packaging is the parent company which is a biotech company but they have NOTHING to do with the cosmetic end. Just beware of this product.

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