Monday, July 9, 2018

Biossance | Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist & Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum: Review

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Biossance | Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist & Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum: Review
Launched earlier last year, Biossance is a relatively new skincare brand on the market and I've finally gotten around to trying a couple of their products. Based in California and committed to using only non-toxic, effective, and sustainable ingredients and packaging, the brand puts a big focus on squalane. Derived from sugarcane and also produced by the human body (in which case it is known as squalene), squalane acts as a skin barrier, thereby locking in moisture to keep the skin hydrated. I've got reviews of the Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist and the Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum to share with you today. To read on, click......
Biossance | Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist: Review
Biossance | Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist
Biossance | Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist ($38 CAD for 75 ml):
Housed in a simple, green-tinted plastic bottle paired with a fine and even spray nozzle, the Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist is a multi-use, replenishing facial spray formulated with minerals (to replace minerals lost as a result of stress and pollution), squalane (to hydrate), green algae (to maintain electrolyte balance), and hyaluronic acid (to maintain hydration). The spray appears to have a milky, liquid consistency and it's mild and non-stinging upon contact. The formulation is very moisturizing and although it's lightweight and non-greasy, it leaves behind a slightly heavy residue. Therefore, I would not recommend repeated use during the day if you have oily skin. Personally, I've been applying it with a cotton pad after cleansing as the product works well as a toner, adding a boost of hydration to my regular skincare routine. Overall, this is a gentle, nourishing facial mist. It's great for dry to normal skin but perhaps a bit too rich for oily and combination skin.

Ingredients: Water, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Squalane, Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Lysine, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.
Biossance | Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum: Review
Biossance | Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
Biossance | Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum ($95 CAD for 30 ml):
Formulated with bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative, the Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum promises smoother, firmer, more even skin without the sensitivities associated with retinol. Housed in a short and chubby pump bottle, the serum has a light and slick cream texture that spreads nicely on the skin without leaving behind any noticeable residue. The formulation also contains niacinamide (reduces enlarged pores and uneven skin tone and texture), squalane, and hyaluronic acid. I've not dabbled in retinol before so I don't have a point of comparison. However, since using this serum for a couple of weeks now, I've not noticed a dramatic difference. The formulation provides a light, non-greasy hydration and my skin looks plump and nourished in the morning. I've not experienced any sensitivity or irritation but there hasn't been a noticeable reduction in the appearance of pores or an improvement in skin tone. I'm happy to use it as a part of a complete skincare routine but it's not a product I see myself re-purchasing, especially given the hefty price tag.

Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Niacinamide, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Bakuchiol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Yeast Extract , Soy Amino Acids, Lecithin, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene.

Have you tried anything from Biossance? What new skincare brands are you currently loving? Share with me in the comments below!

Availability:
Biossance is available in stores and online at Sephora and online at biossance.com.
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