Algenist overnight restorative cream

AlgenistOvernight Restorative Cream

What it is:
A rich, moisturizing cream that renews and repairs the skin overnight.
What it is formulated to do:
The regenerative power of alguronic acid supports natural cell renewal to improve skin structure during the night. Peptides nourish the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as firmness and elasticity are restored. Skin is left renewed, smoother, and more radiant in the morning.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates
What else you need to know:
While pursuing renewable energy solutions, a biotechnology laboratory in San Francisco unexpectedly discovered the powerful regenerative properties of alguronic acid. Exclusive to Algenist, this remarkable ingredient is now available in skin care products.
Research results:
In comparison testing, Alguronic Acid outperformed other well-known active antiaging ingredients, demonstrating superior antiaging benefits. Average results measured following an in-vitro test with alguronic acid:
– 55% increase in cellular regeneration
– 32% increase in elastin synthesis
– 26% decrease in melanin production
Results obtained using product twice daily, following a self-assessment of 100 women:
– 91% of subjects said skin was revived within 10 days of use
– 97% of subjects said skin was softer and smoother within 10 days of use
– 92% of subjects said radiance boosted within 4 weeks of use
– 90% of subjects said this product created younger-looking skin within 4 weeks of use

Courtesy of Algenist


  • Rated best at moisturizing and softening skin
  • Hydrated well
  • Best at reducing UV spots
  • Improves skin tone
  • No greasy residue
  • Pleasant scent
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Won’t irritate skin


  • Cream is a bit thick
  • Glass jar is not travel-friendly
  • Pricey

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Although it’s more expensive than most restorative night creams we tested, testers found the Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream to be the most moisturizing. It received top scores for getting rid of UV spots and increasing hydration (without any redness or irritation), and even battled wrinkles and dull skin. According to our testers, this “emollient and luxurious” cream “absorbed nicely” and liked its subtle, for some even non-existing, scent.

How We Tested: The Beauty Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute conducted both consumer and laboratory tests on twelve night creams. In the consumer test, each cream was distributed to 22 women who were 35 or older. These women used their assigned cream at home for four weeks and then evaluated them by answering a standardized survey. In the lab we took firmness and moisturization measurements on our testers before and after their four weeks of product use. We also captured images of women’s faces before and after, using our Visia Complexion Analyzer to measure improvements in skin wrinkles, texture and hyperpigmentation.

Reviewed: August 2016

Price When Reviewed: $90.00

In the Mirror

Algenist Overnight Cream

By Charlotte on March 5, 2012 6:33 AM

I walk a fine line when it comes to face creams. Being almost 55 (it’s not April yet!) means I need a seriously strong wrinkle fighter and all the hydration I can get. But my sensitive skin tends to rebel if pushed too far.

That’s why I wanted to try Algenist’s Overnight Restorative Cream. It adds moisture, promises a wealth of anti-aging benefits and is safe for all skin types.

What the Experts Say

This nutrient-packed cream repairs and renews skin overnight. Alguronic Acid, a potent compound that promotes cell regeneration, helps improve skin structure and restore elasticity. Enriching peptides reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E increase collagen production, helping make skin firmer and more radiant.

What I Tested

I tried Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream (2 ounces) with Alguronic Acid.

What I like

Algenist’s nourishing, anti-aging powerhouse goes to work fighting lines, smoothing wrinkles and preventing sagging while I sleep (don’t you just love multi-tasking?).

Massaging a dab of this rich cream on my face and neck before bed offers a mega-moisture boost that helps make even my bone dry, Boomer skin soft and smooth. Goodbye, flaking! Plus, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel the least bit oily so I don’t have to worry about sliding off my pillowcase.

This sensitive-skin friendly treatment is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. What’s more, it contains no parabens, sulfates or other harmful chemicals.

Although there’s always a risk I’ll trigger redness when trying something new, this bet was practically a sure thing. After almost two months of use, there’s been no unpleasant reaction, my complexion looks nice and healthy, and I still have half a jar left!

On the Shelf

Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com


$90 (2 ounces)

“Thank you” to Algenist for providing a sample for review and testing.

Overnight Restorative Cream

Algenist At-a-Glance

Strengths: Good facial cleanser and toner; select serums and moisturizers formulated with an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients; Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer really does make wrinkles less apparent.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the star ingredient (a modified form of algae) doesn’t have reliable research to support its anti-aging efficacy; jar packaging; some of the moisturizers contain eucalyptus oil, which can be a potent irritant.

Algenist is a small 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) 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! We should note, there are several forms of algae that are valuable when it comes to providing skin with anti-aging benefits – it’s just that the research surrounding alguronic acid remains scant.

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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