A balm to oil cleanser for sensitive skin… and it’s vegan! The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

I have done some research and realised that I might not have sensitive after all and perhaps I have sensitised skin. Sensitised skin is skin that has been exposed to too many products such as acids like hyaluronic acid, AHA’s and Vitamin C, over time, leading to inflammation, redness and burning, similar to dermatitis.

Having decided that I was allergic to cosmeceuticals, which I sort of am, I missed the boat on the whole ‘The Ordinary’ thing. If you’re not familiar with The Ordinary, they are a brand which are certainly not ordinary at all and have changed the beauty landscape forever. When they launched a few years ago, they were so disruptive and game changing – offering high performance and pioneering skincare, whilst stripping back unnecessary packaging, misleading ingredients and most importantly price. Where else could you buy retinol, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid for under £10?!

As I feel I know that some of their products are not suitable for my skin, I thought I would try The Ordinary Squalane cleanser as it came recommended. I was shopping around for scent free face washes for a while and didn’t want to go with a French pharmacy or eczema brands, as they are not cruelty free. At the moment, my skin is a lot better after a bad reaction last November, which resulted in dermatitis. I have been on eczema cream and cleanser since then but as I wear no foundation at the moment and my skin has improved, I decided to try a few products I always wanted to try and see how I go.

What is Squalane?

Squalene (with an e) is naturally found in our own body and keeps the skin moisturised, however, after the age of 30, the body starts to produces less of it.  When using it as skincare, squalene is not stable as it oxidizes, so has to be turned into Squalane (with an a) after going through a saturation process.

Other natural forms or squalane can be found in shark liver, however, for all of us who are cruelty free and vegan, luckily it can also be found in olives, wheat bran and amaranth.

Squalane hydrates the skin and seals in moisture.  Also, as its odourless, its great for people with sensitive skin and even psoriasis.

The verdict

The Squalane cleanser from The Ordinary is designed to target makeup removal but I use it day and night. All you do is squeeze a small amount into your hand, rub together to warm the product which activates and transforms the balm into an oil like consistency. This allows the emulsifying sucrose esters in the formula to trap and blend the dissolved makeup and facial impurities with water for rinsing. You have to apply it to a dry face and gently massage in – it will melt away all of your makeup.

The product is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), soap-free, and designed to be gentle enough for daily use, without over-drying the skin, making it suitable for all skin types.

I am really loving using it at the moment.  It removes all traces of makeup, leaves it feeling hydrated and clean, yet doesn’t strip my skin. It’s cruelty free, vegan and free of alcohol, silicones and oil. I will buy the larger bottle next time.

Available from The Ordinary, Feel Unique and Boots.

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