Algenist – Ovenight Restorative Cream Review

September 26, 2012 § 3 Comments

Algenist Ovenight Restorative Cream

I wrote about this night cream in my recent skincare routine post and I kind of praised about it. I still think this is a great night cream but there are few things that came up that I want to talk about, so I decided to make a individual post about this cream.

Here is what this cream claims to do on their Sephora website (Visit product page on :

What it is formulated to do:
The regenerative power of alguronic acid promotes cell renewal to improve skin structure during the night. Peptides nourish the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Firmness and elasticity are restored. Skin is left renewed, smoother and more radiant in the morning.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Triclosan

Here is how the cream looks like on my hand:

Algenist Ovenight Restorative Cream on Hand

Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream is a thick cream that has slightly moussey texture to it. It has light medicine-like scent to it, which I don’t mind but may not be a preferred smell by some people. When applied to skin, it blends into the skin and absorbs easily. Although it does leave a slightly greasy feeling to the skin, the stickiness goes away quickly and the skin feels smooth and supple. For the most part, I agree this product made my face look smooth and radiant in the morning, but I do notice that my T-zone feels a bit oily when I wake up. I have oily/combination skin so I am not surprised by my oily T-zone after using a thick night cream like this.

I’ve been using this cream for a little bit over 1 month now and been loving this cream until recently I found tons of white heads developing under my lower lip. At first I thought it might be the hormone, but when I think about it, I also get more white heads around my nose after I started using this cream. So I went to the website and read the ingredient list only to find out that this cream contains tons of comedogenic ingredients like Isopropyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Algae Extract. “Comedogenic” means it can cause your skin to produce excess oil which can lead to acne. These ingredients may be completely harmless to people with normal or dry skin because oil will protect your skin from losing moisture, but it is not suitable for people with oily skin or acne prone skin.

I have not gotten any bad break out from this cream. I did get occasional acne but I get them no matter what I use. The only big difference I noticed was the increased development of little bumpy white heads. Since this product was part of my Sephora VIB gift set so I didn’t pay for it, and I already purchased my next moisturizer, I will stop using this product now and maybe use it on my legs or something to use it up. I still think this is an amazing moisturizer for people with dry skin because my skin around cheeks (which is my dry area) has definitely gotten smoother after using this cream.


  • Very moisturizing
  • Skin appears more smooth and radiant
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Formulated without harsh chemicals


  • Not suitable for all skin types
  • Expensive ($106 for full size)
  • Can cause acne if you have oily or acne prone skin

My Final Rating: 3/5


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