The Ordinary ” 100 % Plant-Derived Squalane ” Review

Hello my lovely peeps ! 🙂

As with my previous post, I’m continuing with the round #2 of The Ordinary reviews. I’ll try to continue posting 2 posts per week, since I have a lot of unpublished posts. Products I’ve used and reviewed in the past, I’d say, 8 months. I long ass blog break – I know. 😀 As you probably know from Gram Stories, while I use a product, I usually write my remarks in a notebook and make photos, so I’m now pretty much just putting the text together for each post with the pictures. 🙂 So without further a due, here we go again with –  The Ordinary ” 100 % Plant-Derived Squalane “ Review ! 🙂

Of course, skippity skip segments you find boring 🙂 :

 

Packaging

 

Like with the whole The Ordinary collection, you’ve got the standard, clean, white packaging. The oil comes in a dark-brown, UV protective glass bottle with a dropper. Same MO as with the serums. Again, the quality of packaging is on par with the price tag – basic and sturdy. As usual, bilingual instructions on the packaging ( English & French) with 30 ml of product made in Canada, and a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

 

About the product & the ingredients

 

So, you’re getting an oil (duh), that can be used on your skin over water-based products, but that can also be used on your hair as for light heat protection & split-ends prone hair. A pretty universal product when you look at it, since you can use it on your skin & hair.

 

 

 

So, you probably saw mentions of Squalane oil, but also of Squlene oil, as well – right ? Yeah, well, they are technically two different things. So, Squalane oil is derived from Squalene. If you were wondering what’s Squalene oil, I’ll explain it to you now. Part of the story is a bit yucky, but, hey, let’s get crackin’ – shall we? 😀

Squalene is a lipid very present in nature. It can be found in plants, vegetable oils coming from rice, bran, olives, amarath seeds, sugar cane, beet, etc. Now, besides plants, it is also produced by animals. When it comes to us humans, you can find it in our skin’s sebum, thanks to our sebaceous glands. But, one of the biggest natural manufacturers that used to get very exploited, were sharks.

Humans have been hunting sharks for their liver oil, do to its alleged healing property. (Hence the name, since “squalus” is the genus of sharks). Now, unlike fish, sharks lack an “air bladder”( similar to our lungs). To maintain themselves at a certain depth without excessive swimming, sharks use their liver filled with an oil ( squalene is its major component).

 

So, Squalane is … ?

 

Squalane is a saturated form of squalene. It’s in our skin, though as we hit 30, its production levels slowly decrease, making the skin more dry. It also protects the skin from lipid peroxidation ( free radicals suck up electrons from the lipids in our cell membranes, resulting in cells damage) do to its exposure to UV rays and other ionizing radiation (other shitty ass rays).

These oils are no longer so often of animal origin, which makes Squalane oil mainly plant-derived as well. There is also a synthetic version of Squalane, that you can get from yeast cells.

Unlike Squalene, Squalane is more stable and isn’t as prone to auto-oxidation like squlene ( plain english, air/oxygen and sometimes UV = poof ! or BOOM ! depending of the product that oxidizes xD). It has been used since the 1950s as an emollient and moisturizer.

 

 

Other benefits?  – Squalane oil is also considered antibacterial, great for sensitive skin and non-comedogenic. Its been videly used to treat skin issues such as seborrheic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis,age spots, pigmentation , scars, etc.

 

APPLICATION & IMPRESSIONS

 

 

 

 

This is a very runny, transparent oil, with no smell. What I love the most is just how light it is. You won’t feel that heaviness an oil can have sometimes. Sinks into the skin nicely, had no issues with it whatsoever, since I do have combo skin and I’m prone to clogged pores. I used it in two ways – as a massage oil & also when I felt like my skin needs that extra “umpf”, when it felt a bit dry and tight this winter. The way I used it at times was beneath The Ordinary NMF cream and my skin LOVED IT . When it comes to doing a massage, I practice the “Gankin” method, patented by Japanese brend  Suqqu  ( together with RMK owned by  E’Quipe Ltd ).

Instructions for this massage are available online, so if you’re interested in it, just click on this link. The new instructions are a bit simplified now, so I’ve made some screenshots of the older version that I use. Btw, I turned 30 last month, so facial massage is a must for me. 🙂 This facial massage is great for muscle relaxation, improving circulation, depuffing, sculpting & wrinkle prevention. 🙂

 

 

Of course, let’s be real, there are days when I feel like a lazy ass and I can’t be bothered doing all of this 😀 . That’s when I usually use my facial roller from The Body Shop.

 

 

Now, Deciem didn’t specify on their website nor bottle, from which plants they make the Squalane oil. I contacted them via email, and a nice lady replied that it’s derived from Sugar Cane & Beet.

 

DO I RECOMMEND ?

 

Absolutely ! 🙂 The oil is light and effective, in my opinion good for all skin types. It’s also pretty cheap, (comes at around 7.20  ) compared to some other Squalane oils on the market. I bought my oil via BeautyBay . To be honest, I’m not sure why there is such a significant difference in oil price (probably based on the plant that they derive it from) but they all work by the same principle. So, if you’re on a budget, definitely check this one out. 🙂 For these kinds of products ( oils based on a single ingredient that isn’t so rare/expensive & hard to produce) you don’t need to spend a lot of money in my opinion. 🙂

 

That’s it my folks !

Hope you liked this post ! 🙂

Enjoy your weekend guys !

 

Love 💞

 

BelgradePixie

 

Some of my references (because I believe in transparency & lack that blogger’s trip in hiding their info resources 🙂 ) :

 Sethi A, Kaur T, Malhotra SK, Gambhir ML.

Indian J Dermatol. 2016 May-Jun; 61(3):279-87. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.182427. Review. PMID: 27293248 Free PMC Article.

 

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Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

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