Beautician Says Blue Lagoon BL+ Serum Is Worth $300
Mother nature is the formulator of some of our favorite skin care ingredients. You can find complexion-soothing cacti in the desert, anti-aging seaweed under the sea, and acne-fighting tree bark in the forest, but one of the places on the planet to look for powerful actives is the Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon.
The lagoon, which you may have seen glowing a phosphorescent cerulean blue on your Instagram feed, sits between two lava fields on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the southwest corner of Iceland. Because of its proximity to all that lava, its geothermal seawater is teeming with sulfur, silica, blue-green algae and other minerals, a combination beauty editor Zoë Weiner calls “a skin saviour.” “.
Enter: BL+ Skincare’s BL+Serum, which packs all the skincare benefits of the Blue Lagoon into one bottle so you can take it with you wherever you go in the world. Yes, it’s $300, but Soho and Miami beautician Shamara Bondaroff says it’s worth every penny.
“The brand has spent 30 years of research developing this all-in-one collagen-boosting formula,” says Ása Brynjólfsdóttir, Director of Research and Development at BL+ Skincare. When used regularly, it “protects the skin barrier, provides a brightening effect, deeply hydrates and is packed with antioxidants”.
What makes the serum so special is its inclusion of the brand’s patented BL+ complex, which blends seaweed and silica, two of the Blue Lagoon’s most powerful skin-nourishing ingredients. .
Blue-green microalgae are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that “protect our skin at the cellular level,” says Bondaroff. It works to stimulate our body’s natural production of collagen (which decreases with age), leaving skin plumped and supple. Additionally, a National Library of Medicine study found that bioactive microalgae have “various biological activities [that protect] against skin disorders including hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dry skin disorders, skin inflammation and skin cancer.”
Silica, which gives the Blue Lagoon its infamous hue, “has purifying properties that help remove skin impurities and the effects of pollution from our skin,” Bondaroff says. It acts as a gentle exfoliator and can be useful to add to your skincare routine during the warmer months when your pores are more likely to become clogged with dirt and grime. Plus, “the silica helps lock in our moisturizer, which makes this serum so hydrating, and also helps strengthen and protect our skin barrier while locking in moisture,” says Bondaroff.
While microalgae and silica are the stars of the show, the serum also includes vitamin C (a must-have for brightening skin) and three types of hyaluronic acids, which Bondaroff says “work together to hydrate skin and leave you glowing”.
When I tried the product for myself, I loved how quickly it melted into my skin. It’s super lightweight, making it perfect for warmer (and more muggy) weather, and my complexion immediately felt more hydrated after using it. It also has no fragrance, which is always a plus for my sensitive skin.
No matter your skin issues, this serum was designed for everyone. “It’s suitable for all skin types,” says Brynjólfsdóttir, adding that it’s made with “sustainable, traceable and COSMOS Natural-approved ingredients.” It’s also fragrance-free, which is great news for anyone with sensitive skin.
When I tried it myself, I was impressed with how quickly it melted into my pores. It’s super lightweight, which makes it perfect for warmer (and sweatier) weather, and my skin immediately felt more hydrated after using it. Also, it didn’t cause any irritation to my normally reactive skin tone.
While $300 for a 30ml product is definitely not cheap, we’d consider it a worthwhile investment, given that this do-it-all formula tackles a host of skin concerns in one step (and for what it’s worth, you can pick up a smaller 15ml bottle for $180). Want to try it for yourself? Buy the serum above.
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