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 I’ll try to continue posting 2 posts per week, since I have a lot of unpublished posts.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) you don’t need to spend a lot of money in my opinion ( save it for some nice oil blends ). 🙂

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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The Ordinary – ” Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ” Review

 

Hello my lovely people ! Long time no see ! 🙂

Sorry for not being quite active with the blog in the past few months, but I’m getting back to it at full speed ! I’ll be also changing some things regarding the posts and their format, just to spice things up. Writing solely product reviews is a bit boring and too plain for my taste, so keep an eye on some new and exciting changes ! 🙂 Reviews are still of course the core of this blog, so with that being said, here comes a product review from the long-awaited The Ordinary round #2 haul and the  ” Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ” cream . Of course, skippity skip whatever section you want ! 🙂

 

 

Packaging

 

When it comes to The Ordinary creams, most of them come in a standard, plastic, grayish-off white squeeze tube packaging. Nothing fancy schmancy. Description in 4 words – basic,simple,efficient and clean. The flip top is also pretty sturdy. The cardboard box is again the same as with all of their products. (I’m pretty much repeating myself in this section of the review each time xD ). As usual, you get 30 ml of product, made in Canada, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening. On a side note – You can also get a bigger tube, containing 100 ml of product.

 

 

About the product & the ingredients

 

 

Ok, so, when I first saw this product, like most people I thought that this long ass title was just that – a long ass title. But, boy was I mistaken. ” Natural Moisturizing factors ” a.k.a NMF is an actual thing. You’re probably thinking now, so – What the hell is that ? In short – Something that our skin already has and will receive with wide open arms when applied topically. Once again, some of you will be like : ” Huh? “. Well, no worries, I’ll break it down for you. 🙂

When we’re young, our skin is smooth and supple. Why ? Because, our skin has all these components that help her from the inside, to look and feel like that. Now, water has a huge impact on that, especially in the top horny layer (a.k.a stratum corneum) of the skin’s epidermis. In plain English – the surface of our skin. Unfortunately, water can evaporate very easily ( somethin’ called transepidermal water loss a.k.a TEWL) . To prevent that from happening, we need something that will fixate water in that horny layer. This way, our skin won’t end up looking dry, dehydrated or scaly.

Imagine an event and a celebrity walking down the aisle. You know those crowds of ecstatic, yelling fans? And the bodyguards that form a living wall around the carpet, to prevent the fans from getting too close? Well, NMF would be that group of guards, keeping the fans (water) to stay back behind the rope ( inside the horny layer).

 

 

So, “Natural moisturizing Factors” a.k.a NMF gives a protective barrier against surface hydration loss. What does NMF contain? – a mixed complex of water-soluble low molecular weight substances, present in our skin. So what does this product do? It contains those same components we already have in our skin and tries to help reconstructing the skins’ own NMF.

The components in this product are:  Amino acids,triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. Most of these ingredients are used in products especially designed for dry skin or in products that are supposed to be used in places that are environmentally very dry.

Our skin’s NMF composition

Ingredients like Urea, Amino acids, sodium salts of PCA, are very hygroscopic – like sponge, they capture water. This way they can prevent or heal dryness, dehydration and scalling by moisturizing.

 *The product is silicone, alcohol, nut & oil free. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.*

Application and impressions

 

 

So, this is a medium-thick cream, with no scent, like all of the other Ordinary products. Since it’s a bit thicker in consistency, you do need to rub it in a bit more. When it comes to the product itself, I have no complaints. Sinks in quickly, no greasy residue. It didn’t break me out, nor did I have any issues with applying it beneath my makeup. Everything runs smoothly over it.

As you know, my skin is combo, can get dehydrated in winter and it’s more on the oily side in summer. The way I used it in winter was as a sealer, meaning, as the last layer in my routine after my serums or oils at night, and my skin loved it that way.

In my opinion, this isn’t a cream strong enough to use on its own. As a sealer, it’s great for all skin types, but on its own – Only for really oily skin. Reason why I say this, is because a lot of people still don’t layer their skin care, so I’m giving them a heads up. For really dry skin I would probably recommend it after an oil, like the Squalane one. Deciem also recommends this product mainly as a form of a sealer, so I definitely agree with them on that.

Do I recommend ?

 

Yep :). If you’re in need of a gentle, every day moisturizer to use as a sealer, you have sensitive skin and avoid fragrance, you have really oily skin and don’t need a lot, go for it. Also a good thing about this product is that you can get the smaller tube for a tryout and if you like it, you can get the bigger tube, since you’ll probably go through the smaller tube quite fast, if you use it day & night. It’s also pretty inexpensive, coming at around 5.80 € for a 30 ml tube and at 7.70 € for the 100 ml tube, and I bought it via BeautyBay. I would personally go for the bigger tube, since the price difference isn’t that big, compared to the amount of product you get at that price difference.

 

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your week guys! 😊

X

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought this product 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.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

 

 

References :

  • Medical booklet by Provital Group  . The information they provided is based on the following materials (some of them are available online ) :
  • Soler C. Protección de la piel frente al frío. Acófar 2005; nº438.
  • Carbajo Espejo JM, Ruiz manso R, del Tío Moreno R. Hidratación cutánea (y II). AULAdelafarmacia,
    2004 p: 62-72.
  • Codina A. Hidratación cutánea y sustancias hidratantes. OFFARM, 2001; p: 93-96.
  • Challoner NI. et al. Cosmetic Proteins for Skin Care. Cosmetics & Toiletries 1997, 112 (12):51-63
    (ref.2453).
  • Tavera Zafra M. ¿Qué hay de nuevo en hidratación cutánea? Dermatol Pediatr Lat, 2005; 3(3):256-   260.
  • Pons Ll. Estrato córneo. OFFARM, 2004; 23(2): 166-168.
  • The Ordinary product page  .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ordinary ” Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10 % ” Review

Hi ! 😊

As you know, with this post I’m ending my first round from the Deciem series. So without further adieu, let’s start with my review of  The Ordinary – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% .

As usual, I’ve divided this post into several sections :

Packaging

Unlike my previous products by The Ordinary, this product comes in a small grayish colored tube with a flip top, all nicely snuggled in a white cardboard box. Again, very simple sturdy packaging, with the instructions both in english and french. You get 30 ml of product, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

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About the product & the ingredients

When you start to use vitamin C in your skin care routine, I believe that the introduction of such antioxidants should be in a form of a gradual incline. By this, I mean when it comes to the form of vitamin C and its strength.

Most people start with pretty high strength vitamin C serums (e.g. 21%, 23%), I’m personally not for that, since you don’t actually know how your skin will react to it – it’s your first time using it in your routine, and it’s something new to the skin in such high concentrations ( although we all have some of it in our skin ) and also depends on the form of the vitamin you use. My approach was to start light (formulation wise) and low, and then work my way up, building my skin’s tolerance to it. This is the reason why I decided to start off with in my opinion – a entry-level vitamin C.

This is a cream moisturizer where the focus is on a single, key ingredient, in this case – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate a.k.a MAP.

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MAP is a derivative, more stable form of vitamin C. It’s great for people with very sensitive skin, since it gives all the benefits of regular L-Ascorbic Acid, but without the side effects that sometimes come with other forms of vitamin C (redness, burning sensation, skin exfoliation etc.). In general, it’s less invasive and more gentle to the skin.

Now, it’s not considered as strong as L-Ascorbic Acid, so results with this form of vitamin C may vary ( in short – some people see major results, others don’t). It’s also supposed to be effective at level as low as 5% (here you have 10% strength MAP ).

Like other forms of vitamin C, MAP helps with signs of age, stimulates collagen production, helps with an uneven skin tone (brightening the complexion, suppressing melanin formation – Now, this is a pigment we all have in our skin, hair and eyes. When we get a tan, we should thank melanin for that bronze goddess glow 🤗. Also, when you get that stupid dark brown spot after a pimple, again – thank melanin for that 😒 ), helps with inflammations, and of course hydrates the skin. You could say, he can fix anything. From wrinkles to  dryness and dark spots, this product should help with it all. This is also a vegan and cruelty-free product.

Now for the COSDNA ingredients list :

Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

Magnesium

Application & impressions

This time we have a cream moisturizer, unlike our previous products that were both serums. This cream is of a lighter, slightly gritty texture, good for normal and my combination skin ( it would probably even suit oily), just in my opinion not rich enough for really dry skin. Little goes a long way, moisturizes nicely (altough it’s not its main purpose). Easy to work with and the skin absorbs it fast. Had no side effects like redness or burning, it’s very mild, as if you’re putting on a plain moisturizer.

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It’s meant to be used morning and/or evening after your water based serum (MAP is btw water-soluble) . I’ve used it only at night, but if you want to use it in the morning, don’t forget  your sunscreen ( “when you use Vitamin C products, skin is even more sensitive to sunlight “ – this is a very common misconception. I myself was told this numerous times and after looking into it in the last couple of months, realized it was completely false.

Vitamin C oxidizes easily, so a lot of vitamin C products come in airtight, dark glass bottles to slow down the process of deterioration as much as possible ( that’s why it changes color, when it goes “bad” ). When it comes to its benefits to the skin, it’s actually a great provider of photoprotection. Look at it as an extra shield underneath a sunscreen, since it doesn’t absorb UV light and neutralizes free radicals ( sunscreen blocks about 55% of free radicals, so using an antioxidant such as Vitamin C underneath, will boost our protection from sun damage). Also a great combo with vitamin C would be vitamin E. Together, they protect our skin cells ( their hydrophilic and lipophilic compartments). Some researches even say that this combo is not only useful as a great protection against UV damage, but also in the prevention of skin cancer in the future.

 

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Do I recommend?

 

Well, I’m in that category of people who didn’t see any difference after a whole tube, so that’s about, a month and a half. When it comes to the main issue where I wanted to see a change, my uneven skin tone ( area around my lips and chin), unfortunately, I didn’t see any difference with my skin after its use. Worked well when it comes to hydrating, but nothing more – I mean, for that, you can get a plain moisturizer. Maybe It’s just too mild for my skin, to show any real results. Now, will it work for you? – I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Since it’s pretty inexpensive (retail price 9,60 € /1189 rsd) and if you had really bad experiences with other forms of vitamin C, so your skin is super sensitive, maybe you can give it a go. We all have different skin. That’s in general the thing about skin care – there’s never something so universally perfect, that suits everyone ( of course there’s also stuff that’s just plain crap 😒 ) . In my case, I won’t be repurchasing it, and I’ll try another form of vitamin C.

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your weekend guys! 😊

X

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought this product 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.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.