The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane Ingredients Explained

Last updated on October 25, 2023.

Overview

What it is

Oil with 1 ingredient

Cool Features

It is vegan, cruelty-free, fungal acne (malassezia) safe, and reef safe

Suited For

It has ingredients that are good for dry skin

Free From

It doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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The Ordinary is from Canada. This product is used in 794 routines created by our community.

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Benefits

Hydrating

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

Ingredients Overview

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Ingredients Explained

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What it does: Emollient, Skin Conditioning
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Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

Because squalane boosts hydration in the skin, it also comes with plenty of benefits: it is an antioxidant and can help fight free radicals and skin damage. Squalane is also found to have a detoxifying effect when applied.

Squalane comes from squalene, which occurs naturally within the sebum of our skin. It is one of the oils our skin produces to keep itself hydrated. Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene and has a longer shelf life.

Research shows that squalane is non-irritating (even at 100% concentration).

In general, it's a fantastic ingredient. It does a great job at hydrating the skin, and it's suitable for those with sensitive skin.

The source of squalane may impact malassezia / fungal acne. This is because olive oil derived squalane can contain impurities such as fatty acids and plant waxes. Sugarcane derived squalane is recommended for anyone with malassezia concerns.

Is squalane vegan?
This depends on the source. Squalane can be derived from both plants and animals. Most squalane used in skincare comes from plants.

Please note: the source of squalane is only known if disclosed by the brand. We recommend reaching out to the brand if you have any questions about their squalane.

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When to use

We've created a guide with info on when you should use The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane. We've also included some recommended products to use it with, as well as some routine inspiration!

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Top Reviews

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Jacob's Avatar'
Jan 5, 2024

Love this product for some light daytime hydration.

I've been using it for a few years now and have nothing bad to say about it. It absorbs well, is affordable, and hasn't caused me any irritation.

Love this product for some light daytime hydration.

I've been using it for a few years now and have nothing bad to say about it. It absorbs well, is affordable, and hasn't caused me any irritation.

Great Value
Hydrating
Absorbs Well
No Scent
Works Well

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Virago's Avatar'
Feb 3, 2024

I was having high hopes for this product as I have incredibly dry skin but it clogged my pores and broke me out after only two applications. After that I started using it on my body which I surprisingly love!

I was having high hopes for this product as I have incredibly dry skin but it clogged my pores and broke me out after only two applications. After that I started using it on my body which I surprisingly love!

Broke Me Out
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faulmag's Avatar'
Jan 23, 2024

I thought this might be good for a little extra hydration, but be careful with it if you are prone to milia because I used this in the evening and it gave me a bunch of them around both of my eyes. It worked a little too well

I thought this might be good for a little extra hydration, but be careful with it if you are prone to milia because I used this in the evening and it gave me a bunch of them around both of my eyes. It worked a little too well

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Oily
Works Well
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