Monday 8 March 2021

Professional peel at-home Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Dark Spot Correcting Peel in-depth review

Birmingham, UK

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If anything good came out of 2020 is my love for Algenist, a cult favourite from across the pond, focusing on ingredient science with a special interest in Alguronic Acid, their patented algae-originated super ingredient found in all of the brand’s products. A special new (ish) launch have caught my attention early and after waiting patiently for its UK launch, I was able to get my grubby hands on it and I've never looked back. See, I had some issues with over-exfoliation in the past, so the last thing on my mind was to introduce another strong exfoliant into my routine, but I also missed results associated with professional-grade peels. Enter Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Dark Spot Correcting Peel and what a journey we’ve been on. All these months later, I’m ready to spill its secrets! 

Love from the first use.

I remember it fondly. We were invited to a Zoom-launch party and had an Algenist-full facial experience. I remember the feeling of the first application, warming at first, then cooling, with a Smurf-like face and the most incredible glow afterwards. Smooth skin, dewy and not at all sensitised. It’s been love ever since, and ever since means once a week, almost professional-peel at home with salon results.

The science behind the magic.

Formulated with the patented Alguronic Acid and an exclusive Vitamin C from Spirulina (naturally sourced, renewable, safe and vegan!) - a well-known form of blue-green algae rich in essential vitamins and minerals, as well as formidable Phycocyanin (antioxidant) & AHA, BHA and PHA acid complex to resurface and visibly reduce the look of dark spots and discolouration, it also smoothes, brightens and evens out skin tone. All that on top of a glycerin-rich moisturising base that cares for your skin first!

How to:

After cleansing, spritz your skin with your favourite mist, I tend to use Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist and drench my skin before going in with around 4 pumps on the face and additional 2 pumps on the neck and décolletage. Leave for 20 minutes. I am usually the worst at overdoing masques and peels, but in this instance, since it’s such a powerful formula, I stick to prescribed use time. Glowing skin guaranteed, so enjoy it and stare at yourself for a minute or two, then follow with a mist, a serum, I tend to do a full-on Algenist routine, starting with Genius Liquid Collagen, then Genius Collagen Calming Relief to further strengthen and care for the moisture barrier and finishing with the Genius Sleeping Collagen for that ultra buttery, ultra-rich finish. You don’t need to do that of course, so simply follow with your favourite serum and moisturiser and/or oil, but I would suggest staying away from actives (acids/retinoids/vitamin C) for at least a day before and a day after application.

6 months later.

I’ve been using Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Dark Spot Correcting Peel religiously once a week since I got it, and I must admit, results are quite incredible. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in skin tone, those pesky forehead and smile lines, as well as texture. Yes, it’s a pricey product (£80 for 45ml) but if you think of 4 peels a month for 6 months, and I still have some product left, then the price is almost justified. I’ve tried a lot of at-home peels and not a single one gave me results like the blue-coloured peel and that says something. Would I repurchase it? Absolutely. And in a good sale (sometimes up to 30% off) you can get it for as little as £56 sometimes so it’s worth looking out for sales at Look Fantastic, Cult Beauty, Space NK and Feel Unique where it’s available in the UK!

Thank You For Reading.

With love,

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