The skin rundown before we delve in; I have normal skin with the tendency to be oily at times. I am extremely adamant about wearing sunscreen as well as removing all traces of make-up before bed. I do not smoke and I drink more water than necessary (it's probably actually an excessive amount). While I do get the occasional breakout I would consider myself to have "nice" skin. I don't get any skincare treatments such as facials done anymore because I live in Vancouver and am going to be poor forever.
“It’s not squaLENE, it’s squaLANE,” I say to myself in the likeness of Hermione Granger while researching about Biossane’s star ingredient. What's the difference? Well squalene is made from the liver of sharks (hence the name, as Squalus is a genus of shark) while squalane is a plant-based version of squalene.
But wait... what kind of skin benefits does it provide?
Squalene is a naturally occurring liquid that is naturally occurring in animal and plants, including human sebum. It is a lipid your body produces to lubricate and protect your skin that your skin has a tendency to produce less as you age. It helps lock moisture into your skin, reduces the look of fine lines and is a star ingredient in lots of skincare cult favourites, such a Glam Glow masques. Unfortunately, squalene is also made from the liver of sharks making squalene a non-vegan ingredient found in skincare. Harvesting squalene from shark livers isn’t just bad for the shark but has a devastating impact on the enviroment.
Squalane is 100% plant based, coming from sugarcane and its a sustainable, stable and lighter version of squalene. Squalane is also the superstar ingredient of new to Sephora, clean skincare line, Biossance.
(And just in case you didn't know, I am a skincare nerd so considered yourself warned prior to jumping into a very long product review.)
Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil