I've been sticking to an extremely simple skincare routine these days, using fewer, more natural products that perform exactly as they promise. One product in particular has become a staple in my minimalist routine: Peter Thomas Roth's "Oilless Oil" 100% Purified Squalane. I mentioned this in my February favorites, and my obsession with it is still going strong.
Squalane is a naturally occurring lipid, found in our own skin, that works as a skin conditioning agent. You can find it in many high-end skincare products, but I also discovered that you can purchase pure squalane, extracted from various natural sources (plants and animals, some obviously more ethical than others). I decided to try Peter Thomas Roth's version of 100% purified squalane, derived from sugarcane and cleverly termed "Oilless Oil."
I started off using the squalane as an alternative to a nighttime moisturizer or facial oil, but it quickly became the only product I use to moisturize my skin, morning and night. It feels like a lightweight oil and sinks into the skin rapidly, leaving my skin extremely supple and soft. My sunscreen and makeup apply over it without a problem, and I've also noticed that since using this, my combination skin is more balanced. It has no fragrance whatsoever, and there's practically zero chance that it will cause clogged pores or breakouts.
I'd recommend pure squalane to everyone, and I will most definitely be repurchasing it in the future. It's a very economical alternative to squalane-based "cocktails," which might also contain essential oils and other ingredients that can aggravate more sensitive skins. I've had my bottle for about two months, and it's only halfway gone; I find just 3-4 drops is enough for a single application. As a brand, Peter Thomas Roth isn't all natural, but this is a great, non-toxic product. Natural brands such as Indie Lee also carry squalane at a very reasonable price. Just make sure that wherever you get your squalane, it's derived from plants, not animals.
Have you tried squalane?