I recently cleaned out my beauty closet (yes, I have a hallway closet stuffed with products instead of linens—everything is fine), and aside from being totally embarrassed by how much I’ve accumulated over the last few months, it dawned on me just how many products I’ve tried over the years. And yet, I’m still on the hunt for a serum that makes me say WOW. I want a product that gets a coveted spot on my vanity—something lightweight that helps make my skin look more youthful and radiant, even, smooth, and plump. I also want results in less than two weeks (because instant gratification). So when an opportunity presents itself to test a product with big claims, such as results will be seen in [insert any short amount of time], you can bet I’m going to do just that and take a co-worker along for the ride too.
In this case, associate editor Aniyah Morinia was up for the job. She’s eight years my junior (it’s never too early to start focusing on anti-aging products!) and has different skin concerns and needs than I do, which makes this trial all the more interesting. Did it suit one of us more than the other? Target our areas of concern without irritating our skin? Well, we can both honestly confess after 10 days of using Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C Skinclarity Brightening Serum ($72), we’ve got nothing but nice things to say and really happy skin to boot. Keep scrolling to see why we both can’t get enough of the lightweight formula.
Before I get into our experiences, let me introduce you to the serum. It’s not your average vitamin C—it’s blue. That’s right, it’s Algenist’s very own vitamin C from spirulina, a blue-green algae with antioxidant properties that helps fight free radicals and brighten and even skin tone. It’s really powerful and has outperformed all other commonly used forms of vitamin c and vitamin C derivatives. It’s also made with patented Alguronic acid from algae that visibly targets fine lines and wrinkles, marine ferment to help smooth texture, and on top of that a triple-action moisturizing complex that helps maintain skin’s moisture levels. Long story short, this stuff is legit. It will leave your skin radiant, smooth, plump, and healthy in 10 days. Seriously.