POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 90.00
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Algenist currently offers several serums and serum-like treatment products. With the addition of POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum, you'd expect something new and exciting—but what you end up with isn't as special as it seems. In fact, this is fairly similar to other serums from Algenist (particularly their Concentrated Reconstructing Serum), some of which also claim to address the concern of deep wrinkles.

Housed in an opaque black bottle topped with a dropper-type applicator, this thin-textured, water-based serum looks more like a lotion than a traditional serum. In fact, it contains some classic hydrating ingredients found in many moisturizing lotions. In a way, this product is a cross between a serum and a lotion, and is best for normal to slightly dry or combination skin.

The formula spreads easily and feels light and silky as it set to a non-sticky finish. The finish layers well over or under moisturizer. But, for a "new generation" serum, it doesn't contain many ingredients with substantiated research proving they can improve deep wrinkles, restore skin's density and elasticity (this isn't a cure-all for sagging)—though it can leave skin looking smoother and more radiant. The catch? So can lots of other serums and moisturizers that cost half the price!

You might be wondering what you're getting for your money if you decide to invest in this product. Answer: Not much that cannot be found in other anti-aging products across the price spectrum—as well as a few ingredients that you don't want in your wrinkle-fighting treatments. POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum contains its share of beneficial ingredients, such as niacinamide, peptides, beta-glucan, and green tea (Camellia sinensis) but it's also a bit bogged down by potentially problematic ingredients such as citrus extracts and fragrance.

Curious about the brands' much hyped alguronic acid ingredient? It can be a good water-binding ingredient, providing hydration to skin, but it's not quite as hype-worthy as the brand makes it seem. The peptides, however, are more interesting and although they deliver anti-aging benefits, their impact on deep wrinkles is likely to be bested by retinol and vitamin C, although you can expect visible improvement in fine lines and moderate wrinkles.

Actually, it would've been great if Algenist had added retinol to this serum to work in tandem with the peptides—you really should expect and be getting more for your money.

Bottom line: POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum isn't a bad serum, but it's not a great one, either. Consider it an OK option for normal to combination or slightly dry skin, but for over $100, "OK" doesn't feel quite good enough. See our list of Best Serums for superior options.

  • Easy-to-apply formula hydrates and smoothes skin.
  • Leaves a soft, non-sticky finish that works well under makeup or layered with other skincare products.
  • Contains some good antioxidants and potentially helpful peptides.
  • Doesn't distinguish itself enough from other Algenist serums, yet carries a higher price tag.
  • Doesn't contain the series of anti-aging ingredients you would expect given its claims (and price).
  • Contains citrus extracts and fragrance that pose a risk of irritation.
  • Unlikely to have much of an effect on deep wrinkles, skin density, or elasticityat least in terms of improving sagging skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

The new generation of anti-wrinkle serum: POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum. A powerful anti-aging serum, combining patented Alguronic Acid with Peptide 3D Complex, visibly minimizes the size and depth of the deepest wrinkles. This potent formula visibly restores skin density and elasticity, replenishes and leaves skin looking smoother and more radiant.

Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid, Niacinamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Tetrapeptide-21, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Inula Crithmoide Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Ergothioneine, Lecithin, Sorbitol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Sclerotium Gum, Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum).

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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