Review: Biossance – Squalane + Omega Repair Cream

Where to purchase: Cult Beauty LINK / Sephora: LINK / Selfridges: LINK

Price: £45 / £58

Volume: 50ml / 100ml

Made in: Belgium

What is it?: A Fragrance + EO Free Moisturising Cream aimed at Dry Skins Containing Omega Fatty Acids + Squalane.

What does it do?: Help Nourish the Skin (Protect the Skin’s barrier) and Retain Moisture for Dry Skin.

Note: Biossance State this cream uses an Emulsifying Method (Mixing Oil and Water) that ensures ”optimum delivery” of Barrier-reinforcing ingredients into the skin.

Supposedly Good for: Dry Skins

What I think: I would agree – Normal – Dry and Dry-Combo Skins would like this. Also those Sensitive to Fragrance + EO. I also think this would work well with Dry skins that are also acne-prone due to the inclusion and ratio of oils/fatty acids that should not exacerbate acne.

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Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months

Packaging: Glass Jar with a Plastic, Screw-lid.

Hopefully you can see the sort of ”fluffy” and ”creamy” texture of this.

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Directions: Apply onto the Face and Neck at the Last Step of One’s Routine.

How I use it: I actually used this as a Makeup Primer Mainly; due to its layerability (and no balling up) and how I could use very little and spread along the face easily. Other than a Primer however, I found this difficult to use as a PM Moisturiser as I found it too heavy on top of all my other skincare steps.

What is Squalane?: Squalane is an Oil-like Ingredient (Feels like an Oil) that mimics the skin’s sebum (oil); so, it shouldn’t exacerbate acne (I recommend The Ordinary’s Squalane Oil or The Inkey List’s Squalane Oil). It’s a Hydrogenated version of Squalene; and it also means that this is more stable and has a longer shelf life. It’s sourced through plants. It’s an emollient and helps prevent moisture loss (Moisturising).

Key Ingredients: Emollients: Ceramide NP, Squalane, Shea Butter, Linoleic + Oleic + Linolenic Acids (Omega Fatty Acids which also work with Blemish-prone Skins). Hyaluronic Acid (Hydrating). Shea Butter (gives the product it’s buttery texture).

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Full Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Ceramide NP, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Gluconate.

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: The Company state this has a ”Whipped texture” And I would agree! It is fluffy, however think of it like whipped butter; it’s still emollient and doesn’t sit well with Oily Skins (feels a bit suffocating) and this is mainly due to the high inclusion of Shea butter which works to form a barrier on the skin – that does mean however that this reduces water loss throughout the day.

This cream is not mattifying and so it will make oily skins look oilier throughout the day.

Initially an Opaque Cream.

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When it spreads, it really looks creamy (like a Nivea Cream).

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I also don’t get a scent from this while I rub in.

Do you see however that there is very little water in this cream? It doesn’t run down the hand etc.

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Hopefully you can see the sort of effect/texture Shea Butter brings to a cream. Definitely Moisturising, oils are providing that shine.

That white layer takes a second or two to fully disappear and sit on top of the skin + absorb.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: It can do, due to the Hyaluronic Acid.

Summer or Winter?: Winter for Normal Skins and Any season for Dry Skins.

Layerable?: Yes.

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Fragrance?: No added Fragrance / EO

Good Under Makeup?: Yes – it’s actually a great primer for Dry Skins (not mattifying).

Will I use until Completion?: No. It’s just a little too thick for me and I don’t particularly like that it doesn’t hold back oil on my T-Zone.

How long have I been using this?: 3 Months.

The Effect?: Moisturised Skin (That is also prepped for makeup application).

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What I like:

  • Cruelty-Free
  • Moisturising
  • Layerable (no balling up)
  • A little goes a long way (take ages to get through this)
  • Good primer (as long as you like a dewy finish i.e no oil control)

What I don’t like:

  • Quite thick (Didn’t suit my Oily-Combo Skin)
  • Not Hydrating enough
  • Expensive
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.7/5 – Definitely a good Moisturiser for Dry Skins and Sensitive Skins and Dry, Blemish-Prone Skins. However, for my Oily-Combo Skin, this ultimately felt too heavy and not hydrating and watery enough for my liking. I do really enjoy however, that this did work really well as a primer (i.e. no balling up or layering issues) but the glowy, almost oily-finish under makeup didn’t suit my desired effect either.

Would I repurchase?: No (because it doesn’t suit my skin type).

Dupe?: A product with the same texture is the First Aid Beauty Anti Ageing Cream (Review HERE). A lighter version of this (for my Oily-Combo Skins out there) Is the Glossier Priming Moisturiser (Review HERE). It’s still creamy + Emollient, but it’s lighter the skin can breath better).

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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