There are a few mainstays in the world of anti-aging skincare. Antioxidants to fight the dreaded damage from pollution and free radicals. Vitamin C to brighten skin and fight dark spots. Hyaluronic acid to plump things up and keep hydration front and center. And lest we forget one of the stars of the whole show, retinol. For those who aren't quite familiar with retinol and all its glory, it's great for aiding in skin renewal and cell turnover, which can help with reducing fine lines and wrinkles. But what there might just be a plant-based alternative to give these anti-agers a run for their money.
You may have seen the attractive green Biossance packaging while perusing the displays of Sephora. Or perhaps you've run across a number of the positive reviews on Influenster. (There are quite a few!) But chances are you've seen a Biossance product or two in your skincare search. But if you're still curious about the cult-favorite brand that's changing the outlook on anti-aging skincare, take a peek below for a quick lowdown on all things Biossance.
Background: Biossance was founded as a way to combine the technology of science with sustainability. The skincare brands aims to deliver powerful skincare benefits without the use of ingredients or practices that are harming the environment or animals.
Claim to fame: It all comes down to squalane. But what exactly is the mystery ingredient present in all of the brand's anti-aging products? First off, squalane shouldn't be confused with squalene. Squalene is a compound that naturally occurs in both plants (olives) and animals (primarily shark liver and our own lovely bodies). Squalane is a derivative of squalene (we told you it was confusing) and is good for hydrating and replenishing skin. Here's where Biossance worked their magic: The brand patented a 100 percent plant-derived version of squalane sustainably made from sugarcane.
What's more, all of the brand's products are EWG VERIFIED™, and the brand has banned more than 2K potentially harmful chemicals. And all products are. Not to mention all of its packaging is tree-free, sustainable, and free of bleach chemicals, dyes, or foil.
Biossance already has a pretty loyal following with a number of its products, with the Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil coming in as a best seller. This top-rated oil combines the brightening and evening power of vitamin C with the hydrating and rejuvenating effects of squalene. It's so beloved on Influenster that it has an impressive 4.72 stars.
100% Squalane Oil ($58)
And of course, the brand's star ingredient has quite the following on its own. The 100 percent squalane oil is great for applying all over for a rich moisturization moment.
The most recent product (and another product growing in review count on Influenster) is actually a retinol replacement! This plant-derived alternative to the anti-aging wunderkind is ideal for fighting dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles without the negative side effects of retinol.
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