‘The Summer I Turned Glowy’: The Algenist 10 Day Challenge Rejuvenates City-Life Skin

Summer skin.


In early July, my skin reflects a nonstop Vancouver grind. The face I present is clogged by makeup, drained from nights out, and suspiciously tanned. On my city life schedule, I dream of manifesting the glowy skin of someone who’s sleeping in and summering abroad. With its 10-Day Results Kit and full-sized products now available in stores across Canada, Algenist promises a quick turnaround for “firmer, plumper, and more radiant” skin.

I capture my day-one skin in good lighting, and like me, it could use a little gentleness. Algenist sets out to change this, delivering a healthy-looking complexion with its vegan ingredients. My morning facial lineup for the next 10 days pairs Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm and Genius Liquid Collagen serum. I supplement with Algenist’s Microalgae Retinol+ Regenerating Serum. At night, I complete my journey in self-care with the kit’s third product, the Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream.




Early in the challenge, glow-inducing Algenist inspires me to pause my busy lifestyle for a relaxing beach day. I’m careful to protect my face, as retinol may increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. My morning lineup of products is layered under a strong SPF, reapplied over hours of oceanside journaling. I’m impressed to find my skin still feels hydrated at night, warmly absorbing the moisturizing cream like vegan butter.



The smooth difference in my makeup application a few evenings later feels unprecedented. My foundation harmonizes with my face. I step out with natural, glowy makeup and am back by bedtime. The kit’s noticeable results have made me a determined to remove my makeup and complete my skin-care routine.






Nearing the end of the 10 days, I pack an oversized cosmetics bag and bring Algenist across the border. It’s comforting to have a constant while away in Seattle, as my skin-care application has become a ritual. During a bare-faced brunch, friends I’m visiting ask which products I’m wearing.

As my summer schedule called for, the 10 Day Results Kit provided gentle daily moments to check in with my complexion. Weeks into the habit I’ve developed, I eagerly anticipate how my skin will keep transforming.