Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel Review

My first experience with Algenist was with their UV Defense Fluid SPF 50. My new Holy Grail facial sunscreen. Unfortunately, that particular Algenist product is not available in Canada. Likely because of the sunscreen ingredients not being approved yet. These things always seem to take so much time. Anyways, I have their new Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel with Alguronic Acid to share with you today. I now have another favourite product to add to my skincare routine from Algenist.

Leveraging the science of biotechnology, this advanced microdermabrasion peel resurfaces the skin with a 10% acid duo (patent-pending Alguronic Acid + Glycolic Acid) in a potent combination with a 10% fruit enzyme complex and micro polishing crystals to immediately transform skin texture & tone. Micro polishing crystals mechanically lift off larger skin-dulling cells and buff rough skin to reveal a new radiant skin surface. The acid duo and fruit enzyme complex work deep into the epidermis to lift away dull skin cells and to reveal skin that appears regenerated, smoother and more even.

The formula uses an active ingredient combo of Alguronic Acid and Glycolic Acid to generate dermal cell renewal by removing the top layer of cells to regenerate smoother, more even skin underneath. I have been really enjoying having both the benefit of mechanical exfoliation from the micro-polishing crystals and the enzymatic action of the pumpkin and pomegranate fruit enzymes to reveal more radiant skin. I can’t say I’ve encountered any other products combining a 10% acid duo along with a 10% fruit enzyme complex AND micro polishing crystals. It really is a a powerhouse product acting as both a manual exfoliation and a peel.

The Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel is suitable for all skin types. It is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, not tested on animals. All Algenist products are formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Algae Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Galactoarabinan, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Urea, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Oxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

I have been using this product about 1-2 times a week for almost 2 months now. It is very effective and I have been really happy with the results. It has been my saviour when dealing with the peeling skin from the retinol product I have been testing. I simply use the Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel about two days following using the retinol treatment. The only issue I have had was completely my fault. I went a little gangbusters when using this about a week ago and made my face really raw. I highly suggest following the directions and not giving that little extra arm power to your treatment for a special night out. Definitely not worth the aftermath! I will continue to use this a couple times a week and can’t wait to see how my skin continues to improve.

Algenist was chosen as the recipient of the Rising Star Award during the QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards. The Rising Star award honors a new vendor that has launched on QVC and had quickly gathered customer loyalty and support so you know they are doing something right!

Algenist products are also available at Sephora.

 *Product provided for my consideration. All reviews are always my own honest and unbiased opinions.

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 Review

It have been really lucking out lately discovering products to add to my “holy grail” list. One of the most exciting additions has been finding the perfect facial sunscreen for use under makeup. The new Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 ($38 for 1oz/30ml) has performed beautifully for me. It is indeed lightweight. It has a sort of runny consistency reminiscent of the the Shiseido SPF 60 I used to use but it hasn’t given me the issues with dryness I used to experience with it. It absorbs well and sets to a sort of demi matte finish. There is no greasy sunscreen feel or look. It performs wonderfully under makeup and even on days when I accidentally forgot to apply primer between this and my foundation my makeup still applied, lasted, and looked great on top. I can see this working as well on oily skin as it does on my dry skin. 
Actives: 
  • Alguronic Acid – increases cell regeneration and elastin synthesis.
  • Vitamin E, Green Tea & Echinacea — antioxidants, protect the skin against signs of aging, help minimize fine lines & wrinkles
  • Bearberry & Licorice Root Extracts — antioxidants, help protect the skin against sun damage, boost skin radiance & luminosity

 The UV Defense Fluid is:

  • Oil-free
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Not tested on animals

All Algenist products are formulated without:
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Phthalates
  • GMOs
  • Triclosan

Active Ingredients:
Octinoxate, 7.5%
Titanium Dioxide, 2.0%
Zinc Oxide, 17.1%
Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum).

Unfortunately this product only appears on the US Sephora website and not the Canadian one. It must not have been approved yet for use in Canada but I am looking into whether this is in the works or not. The products can also be purchased from the Algenist website but they only ship within the US at this time. I am going to have to figure out some way to get the Algenist UV Defense Fluid because I don’t think I can live without it now! I have been searching for the perfect under makeup sunscreen for too long to let this hold me back. My only wish is that it was an all natural sunscreen. I have yet to find one that doesn’t feel greasy though. While I always avoid oxybenzone in sunscreens I had thought octinoxate wasn’t “too bad” but maybe I should reconsider after doing a bit more research. Why does finding the right sunscreen for under makeup have to be so hard?

Product sent by the company’s PR for my consideration. All reviews are always my own honest and unbiased opinion.