The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
- vegan and cruelty-free face cleanser that contains vitamin e.
- it doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates.
- it does contain fragrances.
- it is reef safe.
- it is not fungal acne (malassezia) safe.
Dispense product into hands. Rub together to warm the product, allowing it to melt into an oil. Massage well onto dry face and rinse with warm water. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin....
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Patch testing prior to use is advised.
Ingredient List (20)
Squalane • Water • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate • Glycerin • Sucrose Stearate • Ethyl Macadamiate • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride • Sucrose Laurate • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate • Sucrose Dilaurate • Sucrose Trilaurate • Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6 • Isoceteth-20 • Sodium Polyacrylate • Tocopherol • Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone • Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate • Malic Acid • Ethylhexylglycerin • ChlorphenesinJump to Ingredients Explained
Here's a breakdown of the benefits, notable ingredients, and drawbacks that we found with The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser.
Notable Ingredients (1)
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Ingredients Explained
This product contains 20 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it
Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin retain moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.
Squalane also happens to be naturally occurring within the sebum of our skin - it's part of the natural oils our skin produces to keep itself hydrated.
Squalane is known to be non-irritating (even at 100% concentration).
It's a fantastic ingredient that hydrates the skin superbly and is suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Water is the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. It often makes up the largest portion of a product, and is thus typically found at (or near) the top of an ingredients list.
In most cases, the purpose of water within an ingredient list is to act as a solvent - this means it's there to help dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.
Water also happens to be necessary for all life on Earth. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!
An organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic compound that has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It acts a humectant in skincare products, meaning it helps skin retain moisture by pulling moisture from the air.
We don't have a description for Sucrose Stearate.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is an emollient, solvent, and texture enhancer. It is considered a skin-softener by helping the skin prevent moisture loss.
Within a product, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride can thicken the product and make spreadability easier by dissolving clumping compounds. An added benefit of Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is its antioxidant properties.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is made by combining glycerin with coconut oil, forming a clear liquid. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride has not been found to be toxic for human use in concentrations under 50%.
While there is an assumption Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride can clog pores due to it being derived from coconut oil, there is no research supporting this.
We don't have a description for Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate.
We don't have a description for Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6.
We don't have a description for Sodium Polyacrylate.
Tocopherol (also known as Vitamin E) is a common antioxidant that's found in cosmetic products to help protect the skin from free-radicals and strengthen the skin barrier. It's also fat soluble - this means our skin is great at absorbing it.
Vitamin E also provides some UV protection by reducing the damage caused by UVB rays.
There are often claims that Vitamin E can reduce/prevent scarring, but these claims haven't been confirmed by scientific research.
We don't have a description for Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone.
We don't have a description for Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate.
Malic Acid is an AHA derived from unripe fruit. In Latin, "Malum" means apple.
Malic Acid has both AHA and BHA properties, but is considered an AHA because its AHA properties are stronger. Like other AHAs, it removes the top layer of old and dead skin to reveal the newer layer underneath. It also helps with improving fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, skin texture, and acne blemishes.
Due to its exfoliating properties, you should wear SPF when using Malic Acid.
Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.
You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.