My love for facial oils is well documented, wouldn’t you say? I am always been and always will be a huge proponent of using oils on our faces. With that being said, I am a total sucker for any new face oil with good packaging. Oil plus pretty packaging and I am sold. What can I say, I like good design. I am going to give you a spoiler alert on my own article, the product I am about to tell you about, I am in love with.
Free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil, Biossance popped up on my radar once Sephora started carrying it. I was perusing online and it was suggested to me. For $72, I scoffed at first as I am loyal to my trusty Vintners Daughter and do not need another pricey oil but upon further inspect of the ingredients, I knew it had to be mine. Plus it is dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic which means it does not clog pores.
The oil really called out to me because it has three of my all time fave ingredients, squalene (their squalene is 100% plant-derived, yay!), Vitamin C (obsessed with Vitamin C, every single human on earth should be using a vitamin C serum)and Rose Extract (added moisturizing properties). They have added Chios crystal oil which boosts natural collagen production, leaving skin firm and supple.
Let me back up a second, so I already told you I absolute love this product right? Well, I do. It immediately brightened my skin, hydrated it and gave me a dewy look. After a week my skin was clearer, looked clarified, soft and hydrated. But lets get into why do I love so much? Squalene.
Lets talk about squalene for a second, this is one of my absolute favorite oils. Meet squalane (C30H62), a mega-moisturizing molecule. Did you know that the human body produces its own version of squalane? However, the amount our bodies make and retain decreases over time—reaching peak levels in your teens and starting to decline in our 20’s, leaving our skin rough, dry and vulnerable. Aging SUCKS people. No news here.
Historically, squalane has been a luxury skincare ingredient and it was either harvested from shark livers—which has a devastating environmental impact—or from olives, an unreliable source that produces varying quality. These two methods are still major sources of squalane on the market today (I refused to use the shark liver one, so before this, I only used the olive based squalene).
However, the Biossance squalane is sustainably from sugarcane (heck yes) in an eco-friendly way. Squalane is biology’s best moisturizer.
I am become a huge fan of the Biossance brand. Are you familiar with EWG.org and their skin deep database? If not, you should get on it. It is a wonderful resource if you are concerned with toxins in your skincare. Biossance products score between a 1 and a 2 (the lowest health concerns) in addition to being EWG.org verified, meaning only the best of the best of ingredients are used in their products.