Cleanser review: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

The key ingredient is Squalane oil, a byproduct of squalene oil, which is naturally produced by the body. It protects the skin from UV radiation and is also an excellent emollient that our body is already familiar with. After the age of 30, we produce less of of this which contributes to dry skin. Fortunately, this can be derived from both plant and animal sources. This oil-based skin cleanser costs $7.90 on Ulta as well as on Sephora.

Although this is an oil-based cleanser, this does not leave a greasy feel after rinsing with water. According to studies, Squalane is noncomedogenic and antibacterial. I use this product as a first step to my double cleanse night time routine. It melts away the sunscreen, makeup, esters that the water-based cleansers can’t take off. This product also did not cause irritation. I like the fact that it’s inexpensive in comparison to other cleansers.

The only thing I do not like about this product is it does not take off my mascara quite well. If you do not wear heavy mascara, it may not be a problem for you.

The solution I have found for this is to use Albolene Cleansing Balm for my eyes and that does a very good job in removing most of the residue. Remember to be gentle with cleaning around the eyes as the skin in this area is very thin.

How to use? Apply a small amount to hands, rub hands against each other until it is oil-like in consistency, then massage the face gently. Rinse well with water.

Ingredients: Squalane, Aqua (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, Chlorphenesin.