Algenist has launched the Blue Algae Vitamin C Skinclarity Brightening Serum, featuring its Blue Algae Vitamin C, an L-ascorbic acid made from regenerative spirulina blue-green algae.
The unique form of vitamin C is said to help visibly restore skin clarity and improve skin texture in 10 days.
Skinclarity Brightening Serum is also formulated with Algenist's patented Alguronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; a marine ferment to help improve the appearance of skin texture and hydrate skin; a moisturizing complex that combines hyaluronic acid and Alguronic Acid to help provide a clinically measured increase in skin hydration; and tansy extract to help condition and soothe skin.
The vegan product is said to target the appearance of pigmentation, appearing most prominently in the fair and deep complexions as dark spots, uneven tone and texture, and overall dullness.
The serum retails for $72 at the brand's site and at Sephora.
Tammy Yaiser, VP product development, said: "The team was inspired by the extensive research on blue-green algae, and for the potential to derive, extract and isolate its naturally-occurring vitamin C component and then to regeneratively produce it in a lab. The spirulina is sustainably grown, and the naturally-occurring vitamin C component is isolated and concentrated. The result is a highly pure ascorbic acid raw material, identified simply on the ingredient list as 'ascorbic acid.' What's also exciting about the process is that the leftover algae by-product is still rich in nutrients and can be beneficial for other applications such as fermentation, agricultural fertilizers and wastewater remediation. A part of the leftover biomass is used for making spirulina extract and spirulina oil. We considered the whole process."
CEO Rose Fernandez, said: "When we set out to solve a problem in 10 days with each of our formulas, the process is rigorous. If an ingredient or technology does not exist to help deliver on our promise of 10-day results, or if we see a way to re-envision traditional methods ingredients are made to elevate our commitment to high-performance, naturally-sourced and more sustainably-produced ingredients—we will make our own. This is how the brand was born and proudly continues today. Today we have consumers searching for vitamin C at high rates. This inspired us to develop a naturally-derived, potent vitamin C from a bold, blue spirulina. In our scientific study, our new Blue Algae Vitamin C outperformed other commonly used forms of vitamin C and other brightening ingredients specifically used for targeting pigmentation that we tested. No surprise given our reputation. This coupled with the fact that there was an opportunity to develop a new vitamin C serum actually clinically studied on melanin-rich skin—who can experience skin sensitivity, blotchiness or even products that simply don't work."
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Triheptanoin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, C13-15 Alkane, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Bakuchiol, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Sodium Hyaluronate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Flower/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Sodium Citrate, Phycocyanin, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Tanacetum Vulgare Extract, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene.