Algenist - Strengthen Your Barrier

Algenist Strengthen Your Barrier

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14
  • heptapeptide-15 palmitate
  • ascorbic acid
  • retinyl palmitate
  • niacinamide
  • adenosine triphosphate
  • alanine
  • arginine
  • aspartic acid
  • dimethicone
  • epigallocatechin gallate
  • ergothioneine
  • glycerin
  • histidine
  • hydrolyzed oat protein
  • isoleucine
  • parachlorella beijerinckii exopolysaccharides
  • pca
  • phloretin
  • proline
  • serine
  • silica
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • threonine
  • +22 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
87 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Formulated with the highest concentration of Alguronic Acid® from algae, our benefit-boosting ingredient, this fortifying serum combines with nutrient-rich niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and an anti-oxidant power house."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains heptapeptide-15 palmitate.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine triphosphate, aspartic acid, copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14, epigallocatechin gallate, phloretin, serine, threonine.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Skin barrier is fortified to help improve the appearance of dullness, redness, discoloration, lines, and skin tone."
WIMJ summary

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: alanine, epigallocatechin gallate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: alanine, arginine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine, dimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14, heptapeptide-15 palmitate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (phloretin) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - epigallocatechin gallate also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
phloretin
Has skin benefit
tocopheryl acetate
Has skin benefit
disodium edta
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
5.6% - 6.9%
A type of silicone that can help create nice product texture and soften the upper layer of the skin
3.9% - 4.8%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
3% - 3.6%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
2.1% - 2.6%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
1.8% - 2.3%
Compounds extracted from green algae that could help neutralize free radicals, but evidence of effectiveness in skincare products (topical applicaiton) is missing. Helps moisturize the skin by attracting water to its upper layer
1.5% - 1.8%
An antioxidant. Can help neutralize free radicals in skin
1.2% - 1.5%
Can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Preliminary studies show that it can be more effective than coenzyme Q10 but studies on effective concentration for topical applications are lacking
0.9% - 1.1%
A synthetic peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Can help speed up wound healing
0.65% - 1%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.5% - 0.7%
A polyphenol found in tea. This particular compound abbreviated EGCG is the most powerful antioxidant among those extracted from tea (usually green tea). Unfortunately, EGCG is unstable, requires a low pH (below 4) to prevent quick degradation, and does not penetrate the skin very well. This is why the full anti-oxidant effect of EGCG is typically not realized when it is added to topical skincare
0.45% - 0.65%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.35% - 0.65%
An amino-acid that helps increase skin hydration and might help to slightly improve skin firmness, potentially reducing lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.5%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.45%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to lighten the skin, but solid evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.35%
An amino acid that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and support skin's barrier function
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.35%
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps improve the product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.3%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.15% - 0.3%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin and create a pleasant product texture and stabilize the formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
Might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.15% - 0.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.2% - 0.35%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.15% - 0.3%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
0.25% - 0.5%
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
0.15% - 0.3%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.2%

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