Why I’m Incorporating Squalane Into My Skincare Routine

This post is sponsored by Biossance, but all opinions are my own!

Have you ever bought a fine leather handbag, and the salesperson advised you to periodically rub it with a leather oil so it would stay soft and supple? If you didn’t treat it well, the bag would lose its natural oil and dry up. Well, our skin is no different than that bag; up until our 20s, our microscopic sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance, called squalane, that lubricates the skin on our face and scalp. Problem is, the amount of squalane that we make rapidly declines in our early 20s, so by the time we reach 50 years old, our squalane production is cut in half. That’s when our skin noticeably becomes rough, dry and vulnerable!

I found out about squalane when I went to a local Sephora to check out their latest anti-aging products. A particularly knowledgeable saleswoman took me to a brand called Biossance, whose total skin care line is made with this “mega moisturizing molecule.”

Besides recreating the squalane that our skin was born with, the company’s Berkeley, CA scientists developed a patented technology to extract it from sustainably sourced sugarcane, I later read on the Biossance website. Interestingly, luxury skincare products traditionally used squalane harvested from shark livers, which made them a lot more expensive than Biossance 100% Squalane Oil (it’s $58 for 3.38 FL. OZ, which will last for many, many months).

The packaging says this is “a weightless, multipurpose oil that instantly hydrates, locking in moisture,” and, sure enough, when I rubbed a modest amount between my palms, it took less than a minute for it to absorb. Squalane reportedly permeates the skin faster than countless other oils that promise to reverse the signs of aging. “It’s 53 percent better at accelerating cell turnover than argan oil,” the package also explains.

When I applied the Biossance Squalane Oil on my face, neck and décolleté, it went to work right away and didn’t feel the least bit oily. My skin absolutely is softer and smoother now that I’ve been using it morning and night for months. “Ninety-five percent of users agree their skin felt instantly hydrated and appeared softer and smoother after seven days,” Biossance reports.

The Squalane Oil also softened and hydrated the skin around my cuticles, which was terribly dry and irritating. can even massage it into my body after I shower, and distribute it through my hair, wet or dry. Pretty cool how one oil works on all these areas.

Besides helping to give our skin new life, Biossance is helping to save children with malaria, which causes the death of over 2 million children under 5 years old each year. Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria in Africa, where it is a constant threat. Biossance makes a $1 donation to help eradicate malaria cure for each bottle sold.

Excited to have you try its wonderfully hydrating products, Biossance is offering you two 4ML bottles of its best sellers–100% Squalane Oil and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, a luxurious face oil that leaves your skin with a radiant glow–for just $4. No hidden fees, monthly subscription program or enrollment in auto-pay.

Click here for your two bottles of Biossance and give your skin back the moisture you were born with.