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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Algenist

Which products from Algenist are ok to use while pregnant?

Pregnancy safe skincare can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find every skincare product (that I reviewed) from Algenist, this was updated 5/20/2020. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean. On my next review I will add every other product to the other categories so you’ll know why I didn’t consider them to be safe.

Please note, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Algenist

ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask (at Sephora)
ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Moisturizer SPF 15 (at Sephora)
Complete Eye Renewal Balm (at Sephora)
Concentrated Reconstructing Serum (at Sephora)
ELEVATE Advanced Lift Contouring Cream (at Sephora)
ELEVATE Firming & Lifting Contouring Eye Cream (at Sephora)
ELEVATE Firming & Lifting Neck Cream (at Sephora)
GENIUS Collagen Calming Relief (at Sephora)
GENIUS Liquid Collagen Body Mylk (at Sephora)
GENIUS Liquid Collagen Hand Cream (at Sephora)
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Emulsion
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream (at Sephora)
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum (at Sephora)
Hydrating Essence Toner (at Sephora)
Overnight Restorative Cream (at Sephora)
POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter 360° Eye Serum (at Sephora)
POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Moisturizer (at Sephora)
POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum (at Sephora)
• REVEAL Color Correcting Eye Serum Brightener (at Sephora)
• REVEAL Color Correcting Eye Serum Concealer (at Sephora)
• REVEAL Color Correcting Radiant Primer (at Sephora)
• REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops (at Sephora)
• REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops (at Sephora)
SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Emulsion
• SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Gel Moisturizer (at Sephora)
SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleeping Pack (at Sephora)
SPLASH Hydrating Setting Mist (at Sephora)
• Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm with Multi-Peptide Complex (at Sephora)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

• Blue Algae Vitamin C™ Dark Spot Correcting Peel (at Sephora): Gluconolactone, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Licorice Root
GENIUS Liquid Collagen (at Sephora): Chemical Sunscreen
GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip (at Sephora): Chemical Sunscreen
GENIUS Sleeping Collagen (at Sephora): Salicylate
• GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel (at Sephora): Glycolic Acid
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser (at Sephora): Licorice Root
Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser (at Sephora): Licorice Root
PERFECT Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask (at Sephora): Willow Bark, Salicylate
Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer (at Sephora): Willow Bark, Salicylic Acid
Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer (at Sephora): Stem Cells
Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (at Sephora): Chemical Sunscreens, Salicylate, Licorice Root
SUBLIME DEFENSE Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 (at Sephora): Chemical Sunscreen, Licorice Root

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

AA Barrier Serum (at Sephora): Retinoid, Glycolic Acid
Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil (at Sephora): Retinoid
ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum (at Sephora): Retinoid, Licorice Root
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream (at Sephora): Retinoid
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser (at Sephora): Retinoid

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  1. 1.28.19
    Kelly said:

    Hi! What about the Algerian Genius Liquid Collagen:

    Collagen, Water, Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin Palmitate, Collagen Amino Acids, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Adenosine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Amodimethicone, Homosalate, Polysorbate 20, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octocrylene, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130).

    Thanks so much!

    • 1.28.19
      15mins said:

      This has chemical sunscreens (homosalate) so I would avoid using it. Note I’ve actually been through the lists of the entire brand, but only the safe ones are listed. On my next brand review I’ll list why others weren’t included.

  2. 8.24.19
    Courtney said:

    Good morning,

    Would you be able to review this new Algenist serum? Its called AA Barrier Serum. Thank you!

    Water (Aqua, Eau), Butylene Glycol, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Propanediol, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Phloretin, Ergothioneine, Copper Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-14, Heptapeptide-15 Palmitate, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Disodium EDTA, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Ascorbic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Pyridoxine HCl, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Adenosine Triphosphate, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Niacinamide, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 8.24.19
      15mins said:

      I wouldn’t use it while pregnant, and if you’re being conservative I would avoid it during nursing as well. It has Glycolic Acid and a retinoid.

  3. 11.4.19
    YY said:

    Hello, I noticed the Complete Eye Renewal Balm has modified formula a little bit. Do you think it’s still good to use? Thank you.

    Water (Aqua, Eau), Isopropyl Isostearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Tetrapeptide-21, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Inula Crithmoide Extract, Phospholipids, Biotin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 11.5.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  4. 11.17.19
    Heidi said:

    GENIUS Liquid Collagen Body Mylk

    Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil, Collagen, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Stearic Acid, Xylitol, Silica, Lactic Acid, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Collagen Amino Acids, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Squalene, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum, Tromethamine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Coumarin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae Extract.

    Thanks again!!

    • 11.21.19
      15mins said:

      This is ok

  5. 2.29.20
    Laura said:

    Hi Doc,
    Is Algenist Genius Collagen Calming Relief safe for breastfeeding? Thank you

    Water (Aqua, Eau), Collagen (Vegetable)*, Squalane, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Beta-Glucan, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Tocopherol, Collagen Amino Acids, Bisabolol, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Coelastrella Vacuolata Oil, Watanabea Reniformis Oil, Citric Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Ceteareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 3.1.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok for pregnancy and nursing

  6. 4.6.20
    Erica said:

    Is the Algenist with alguronuc acid AA barrier serum safe for pregnancy?

    • 4.6.20
      15mins said:

      It’s here in the comments already. It has a retinoid, so no it isn’t safe for pregnancy.

  7. 7.8.20
    Myown said:

    Sorry if you covered this one and I missed it, but wondering if the GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum is ok to use while pregnant?

    Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Citrate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Niacinamide, Ethoxydiglycol, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Collagen (Vegan)*, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Lactate, Cholesterol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dictyopteris Polypodioides Extract, Citric Acid, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin

    • 7.9.20
      Christine said:

      Yes, ok for pregnancy and nursing

  8. 7.18.20

    Hello, from what I read I hope I am
    Asking in the right place. I want to sincerely thank you for your amazing work and pages. They have helped me so much. Algenist just came out with a new product that I think could help with hyperpigmentation. It’s called Blue algae vitamin C dark spot peel. The ingredients are

    Alguronic Acid: Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and fight environmental assaults that cause signs of aging in skin

    • Exclusive Blue Algae Vitamin C (100% pure L-Ascorbic Acid):100% pure vitamin C extracted from Spirulina, a well-known source of blue-green algae, that provides powerful brightening, spot-diminishing and antioxidant benefits. Comparable to industry-known spot reducing ingredients that help to reduce the visible look of discoloration.

    • Blue Phycocyanin: A natural pigment & potent antioxidant found in Spirulina that gives it a rich blue color and helps to protect against free radical damage.

    • Triple Acid Complex (T.A.C.™): Combination of resurfacing and exfoliating acids (AHAs, BHA & PHA) enhance spot reducing power, without drying skin out or any downtime.

    INGREDIENTS: Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ascorbic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Oleth-5, Bisabolol, Menthoxypropanediol, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Citric Acid, Azelaic Acid, Tranexamic Acid, Malic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tanacetum Annuum Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Hylauronate, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, OcimumSanctum Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera,Cire de Candelilla), Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water (Aqua, Eau), Phenoxyethanol.

    • 7.18.20
      Christine said:

      This has salicylic acid, and licorice root. Should be ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  9. 8.8.20
    Sabrina said:

    The below is the ingredient list for Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream (which is different from the serum you already reviewed). Could you please check whether this is safe?


    Thank you very much

    • 8.8.20
      Christine said:

      This has a retinoid. Avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative

  10. 8.22.20
    meagangullace@gmail.com said:

    -Patented Alguronic Acid: Naturally sourced and sustainably produced from algae, it’s clinically shown to visibly minimize appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as boost the benefits of other active ingredients.
    -Exclusive Active Vegan Collagen™: High-concentration vegan collagen that helps to strengthen and condition the skin to visibly improve texture and suppleness.
    -Skin-Mimicking Ceramides and Mary Thistle: Helps to support skin barrier function, increasing hydration, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, increasing the look of firmness and has antioxidants to protect skin from the appearance of oxidative aging.

    Collagen (Vegan)*, Water (Aqua, Eau), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Glucoside , Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Collagen Amino Acids (Vegan)*, Ceramide NP, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Carnosine, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, t-Butyl Alcohol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethyl Citrate, Vanillin, Amyl Salicylate, Benzyl Acetate, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ionone, Linalool.

    *Vegan collagen is a new innovative technology created by binding together corn, soy, and wheat protein fibers resulting in vegan amino acids that structurally mimic and provide a function similar to animal-derived collagen used in cosmetic products

    • 8.23.20
      Christine said:

      This has a salicylate, so ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  11. 1.2.21
    Lisa said:

    Hi – Sephora doesn’t carry the Complete Eye Renewal Balm; it does have the Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm. Does it look okay? Thanks!
    Aqua (Water/Eau), Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pentylene
    Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Parachlorella Beijerinckii Exopolysaccharides, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Tribehenin, Ceramide NG, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea)
    Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Pfaffia Paniculata Root Extract, Ptychopetalum Olacoides Bark/Stem Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phospholipids, Ceteareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate.

    • 1.2.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

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