The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

2.5   from 2 reviews
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Type of product Face Cleanser
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Description

  • 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.

Directions

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.

Product Info

Click on the items below to learn more and view relevant ingredients.
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

Ingredient Details

Here's a breakdown of the benefits, notable ingredients, and drawbacks that we found with The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser.

Benefits (3)

Good For Anti-Aging Icon
Good For Anti-Aging
Good For Scar Healing Icon
Good For Scar Healing
Helps Brighten Skin Icon
Helps Brighten Skin

Notable Ingredients (1)

Vitamin E Icon
Vitamin E

Concerns (1)

May Cause Irritation Icon
May Cause Irritation

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Ingredients Explained

This product contains 20 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it

1
Emollient, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Liked

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.

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2
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Aqua, Eau, Purified Water, Aqua / Water, Distilled Water, Deionized Water
Community rating: Loved

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!

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3
Emollient, Skin Conditioning

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate isn't fungal acne safe.

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4
Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Also known as: Vegetable Glycerin
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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.

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5
Emollient, Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Sucrose Stearate.

6
Skin Conditioning

Ethyl Macadamiate isn't fungal acne safe.

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7
Masking, Perfuming, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Disliked

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.

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8
Emollient, Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning

Sucrose Laurate isn't fungal acne safe.

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We don't have a description for Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate.

10
Emollient, Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning

Sucrose Dilaurate isn't fungal acne safe.

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11

Sucrose Trilaurate isn't fungal acne safe.

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12
Emulsion Stabilising

We don't have a description for Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6.

13
Emulsifying

Isoceteth-20 can cause irritation.

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14
Absorbent, Emollient, Emulsion Stabilising, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Sodium Polyacrylate.

15
Antioxidant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Vitamin E
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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.

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16

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.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:
* Glycolic Acid
* Citric Acid
* Lactic Acid

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19
Skin Conditioning
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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.

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20
Antimicrobial, Preservative

Chlorphenesin is a preservative.

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