the essence of biossance, a radiant skincare review

My boyfriend just introduced me to my new skincare routine – no joke. Here’s the scoop.

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the perfect skincare routine. Whether it’s trying a new brand that’s getting rave reviews, or just trying to refresh dull skin with a deep dive into its key ingredients. We all know that this past year of quarantine seemingly never ended, but I’ve found that this past year of downtime one of the best things that could ever happen to my skin. Working from home saved time and allowed me to focus more on personal care.

photography:JOEL CORSON | camera: CANNON 5D MARK III | skin care: BIOSSANCE

Biossance originally started as a company that used biotechnology in 2003 to create an accessible cure for malaria. More than 120 million royalty-free treatments have been given thanks to this technology. Today, they have continued to use this innovative biotech, but have switched to skin care. They continue to make a positive impact on the world through what people put on their faces and bodies every day.

Squalane is the main ingredient in all Biossance products and is made in their labs. The human body produces its own version of squalane called squalene, but the amount retained decreases with age.

Biossance squalane is sourced from 100 percent plant-based, renewable sugar cane and is then biologically fermented to create the perfectly hydrating end result. This highly stable, completely sustainable and environmentally friendly squalane is perfect for all skin types. Squalane locks in moisture, shells and protects the skin, improves natural elasticity and balances oil production without clogging your pores.

Squalene is an oil that has traditionally been used to make moisturizers and skin care products. This oil is found in sharks, making them endangered by hunters since the 16th century. Not really worth the price. Sharks are critical members of the ocean ecosystem, directly or indirectly affecting all levels of the food web. They are key players in the need to maintain structure in healthy ocean ecosystems. Biossance has made it their mission to make squalane, a renewable sugarcane-derived version of squalene.

The beauty industry takes a huge toll on our planet, whether it’s animal testing or waste generation. Biossance is simple. Clean. skin care.

Another reason why Biossance is such a great company, going beyond a great product and considering our environment as a resource. I mean really do you even know what’s going on on your face half the time? Not only is Biossance a clean, non-toxic company, they are also working to educate their consumers about dangerous chemicals for the skin and the environment that are often pumped into our beauty routines. That’s why Biossance has a list of 2,000 banned chemicals to help you make clean choices.

It’s time for me to get to the good stuff – the Biossance skincare review. The first product I tried was the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. This oil is intended to brighten, firm and moisturize. Simply squeeze a few drops into your skin morning and night, after the serum and before the moisturizer.

The vitamin C is a strong glow-maker and even helps to increase your skin’s elasticity to maintain that youthful bounce, while the squalane locks in moisture. This product absorbs beautifully into the skin and leaves your face dewy and rose-smelling. Truly luxury in a bottle.

The next is the Squalane + Omega Restorative Cream. If your skin is begging for a deep moisturizer without the greasy feeling afterward, this product is for you. This repair cream is formulated with lipids that mimic and support your skin’s natural moisture barrier. The squalane and omega fatty acids help plump and nourish your skin. Apply this product to your clean face and neck after your eye products, serums and other treatments. This repair cream is great for super dry and tight skin, especially if you like a place that is cold and dry. Your winter skin will never be the same again.

The Squalane + Maine Algae Eye Cream instantly firms, lift and soften the appearance of the skin. It really breathes new life into dark and tired eyes. Maine algae and paracress extract are the latest innovations in our eye cream technology. Together they result in lifted eyes that have visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles. The melting texture of this cream helps to deeply moisturize and create a perfect canvas for makeup. For best results, apply this cream all over the eye area with your ring finger. Massage around the eye, towards your temple and under your brow bone. Use this life-saving cream twice a day, morning and evening, after cleansing and before serums and moisturizers.

Winter may be over, but dry skin is a battle underway. If you tend to get dry or even cracked hands, Biossance Omega Repair Hand Cream has the solution. The formula is deeply hydrating, packed with (you guessed it) squalane, omega fatty acids and vitamin E that provide instant relief to dry skin. When I really feel like pampering myself, I use this on all my driest areas like my elbows and knees.

Last but certainly not least, the Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm. Remember that lips are skin too and need just as much attention as the rest of that gorgeous face. If you are like me and constantly reapply your lip balm then this is the product for you without a doubt. It is the best clean lip balm out there.

This vegan, petroleum-free formula provides a long-lasting replenishment. The ultra-hydrating moisturizers, luxurious rose wax and plumping wakame algae is the perfect trio for healthy, soft lips. The shine and softness it leaves on the lips lasts all day.

My lips are forever chapped and I have found that a morning and evening application helps me maintain healthier lips in addition to my frequent daytime applications. If you decide to buy the balm, I noticed they changed the packaging of this mini tub to a tube (even better for effortless application).

If you’re looking for a new skincare brand to try out, look no further. Biossance products are really great and do exactly what they are designed to do – plus the sustainability and mission of the company is a great added bonus that we can’t ignore. Protect your skin and the earth with these effortlessly luxurious, yet conscious products. And remember, nothing looks better in your 50s than skincare in your 20s.

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