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Facial oils are not exactly new to me. Before I delved into the world of chemical exfoliation and antioxidants, I used to be an organic skincare fanatic. This meant that at any point in time, my dresser was filled with at least three to four plant oils. But then I discovered Rosehip Oil and my skin has not remained the same. So when I checked out The Ordinary Dehydrated Regimen and I saw The Ordinary Plant-Derived Squalane as one of the required products, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
First Impressions of The Ordinary Plant – Derived Squalane
Size & Packaging: I almost feel like I need to skip this part because everyone knows that most of The Ordinary serums and oils come in 30ml pipette bottles. This is not an exception. But just like the rest, it is important to ensure that the serums and oils are tightly closed at all times to prevent spillage. Trust me, I know how painful it can be for your serum to spill at the wrong time. Especially when it is not even much in the first place. My Marine Hyaluronics Serum thought me a big lesson.
The Product Itself: The Ordinary Squalane is a lightweight transparent oil. It’s not too thick or overly thin. It is just right, particularly for my dehydrated skin. If you have oily skin, it might be too much for you. I suggest you go with The Ordinary Hemi-Squalane; a much lighter formula.
Price: As always, it is decently priced at £5.50 but I got mine from my trusted vendor on eBay because I tend to buy my products in pieces rather than in bulk.
Ingredient List: I don’t know what else you were expecting but the only thing in this product is Squalane. That’s all. Nothing else. Nothing added, nothing subtracted. But then if you’re still curious about what Squalane exactly is, you need to read the entire product description:
Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types.
Fragrance: None. Nada. Zilch.
Directions: You’re directed to apply a few drops daily to your entire face ideally after water-based treatments. (Tip: When you read directions like this, just know you’re dealing with a sealant that should be used after your moisturizer and before your sunscreen)
What I did: Just as the directions suggested, I used the Ordinary Squalane after layering all my serums, essences and moisturizers. When I’m not going out of the house, I used it as the last step after my moisturizer. When I’m going out bare-faced or wearing makeup, I sometimes skip it. But when I don’t, I use it before my sunscreen.
So does it work? Ugh! Can I just say that I absolutely love it? My Rosehip Oil was getting too thick for day-time use and summer nights, so I thought I should try this as a replacement. Plus I wanted to finally have all the products in the Dehydrated Skin Regimen and try them together. I finally do and I can’t wait to use them and write a review. The Ordinary Squalane leaves my skin nice and glowy. Plus it acts as a barrier to prevent moisture loss so my skin never really dries out until I’m ready for my PM routine.
Other thoughts: This will definitely be a staple in my AM routine while my Rosehip Oil would be strictly for my PM routine. I’m really hoping it holds up during the winter. Regardless, I’ll share the outcomes. If you would like to include an inexpensive facial oil to your skincare routine, you should definitely try The Ordinary Plant-Derived Squalane.