They say you learn something new every day and I certainly have. Algenist has taught my newest lesson when they sent me their new Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50. I am a big proponent of using sunscreen 365 days a year. What I didn’t realize until I started using this lightweight SPF though is what a distinction a formula can make. I began using the Algenist and instantly liked it but one day I couldn’t find it on my messy vanity so I scooped up the moisturizer/spf I had been previously using and noticed the difference instantly. While I like the one I’d been using, it just wasn’t right for this incredibly hot summer we’ve been having. The Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid though seemed perfect. With that realization I started paying more attention to it when I was applying it and all I can say is WOW. This formula is terrific.
In the summer my skin is definitely combination. My t-zone gets oily but the rest stays dry for the most part. I get hot very easily and find that whatever I’m wearing on my face can disappear for that reason. With the Algenist though, I’m finding that my foundation or BB Cream is actually lasting longer. Since this dries so quickly and has no greasy feeling, everything I wear over it acts the same way. I know we aren’t supposed to need an SPF product with a BB Cream but sometimes I feel I need more moisturizing and the Algenist gives that to me.
I’ve never reviewed Algenist before so bear with me while I tell you why it’s such an amazing brand. The key ingredient in their products is something called Alguronic Acid. Algenist tells us that this ingredient is more effective than hyaluronic acid (one of my favorites) and retinol. The SPF50 is an added bonus for my very fair, easy to burn skin. The fluid is white but disappears quickly into my skin without leaving any cast at all. It dries down very quickly so I don’t have to wait to put on my color product. And my face stays fairly dry all day. I don’t get oily with this and find I rarely have to use blot papers on my t-zone.
I love the packaging of this. It’s a hard plastic bottle that you squeeze to get product out of. I never seem to get too much out so I’m not wasting product. It feels sanitary. Plus it would be a great product for travel since I wouldn’t be afraid of it leaking or breaking.
Besides being oil free, it’s loaded with great anti-aging ingredients. Here are all the advantages I’ve found to this:
– It provides SPF 50 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
– It combines well with other skincare and makeup
– It’s formulated WITHOUT parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan, and synthetic dyes
– It’s basically fragrance free – I do notice a tiny bit of fragrance when I first apply but after seconds it’s gone
– It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%)
– Key ingredients are Alguronic Acid (to increase cell regeneration and elastin synthesis), Vitamin E, Green Tea & Echinacea (antioxidants that help protect against fine lines & wrinkles), and Bearberry & Licorice Root Extracts (for luminosity and radiance plus protection)
Sephora and Algenist.com are the places you can buy this wonderful product. It sells for $38.00 and I expect this to easily last me through the summer since I’m only using this on my face and a little goes a long way. If I graded products (which I don’t) I’d give this an A. Instead I’ll just say “A for Algenist” is my education for the day. –Marcia