Squalane Face Oil
Squalane Face Oil is a good option from The Inkey List if all you want is squalane--that’s the only ingredient listed. Although squalane is a very good ingredient for dry skin, especially when used in pure form, skin needs more than what a single ingredient can provide. Still, this one ingredient is a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids which have been shown to protect skin’s surface oil from oxidizing.
The fragrance-free oil is packaged just like many other products from The Inkey List: a short, opaque bottle topped with a cap that lets you dispense the oil drop-by-drop (if you shake it once opened) or, if more is needed, you can squeeze the bottle so the oil streams out. Its functional packaging that also serves to protect the squalane’s vulnerable components from light and air.
Although we don’t recommend using Squalane Face Oil as your sole moisturizer, it can be a great option to layer or mix with a well-rounded serum or moisturizer for times your skin needs extra hydration or is feeling parched (think seasonal dryness or the occasional stubborn dry patch).
One aesthetic note worth mentioning: although squalane isn’t truly non-greasy, it does feel much less greasy than many other emollient oils, which makes it workable for those with combination skin that includes dry areas.
- Squalane is a good source of moisturizing fatty acids.
- Opaque bottle packaging keeps the squalane from going rancid.
- Fragrance free.
- It’s just squalane, and skin needs more than that.
This 100 percent plant-derived Squalane Oil is lightweight, non-greasy oil, and super-hydrating for healthy, glowing skin. It can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and support oil control, making it a great choice for all skin types from dry to oily skin.
The Inkey List is the creation of Colette Newberry and Mark Curry, respectively the former branding and product developers of the widespread UK-based drugstore chain Boots, which has its own namesake skin care line. As with a number of up-and-coming “indie” brands, the media coverage centers on their inexpensive products with minimalist formulas that tend to focus on a single star ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, or retinol.
If you’re wondering about the inspiration for the name, it’s the pronunciation of the acronym “INCI,” which stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, an agreed-upon, regulated list of how cosmetics ingredients should be identified on product labels. Each product has its chief ingredient listed on the packaging with dictionary-style writing underneath showing how the name is phoneticized, a clever and slightly erudite touch.
Though the formulas are somewhat basic, The Inkey List gets its packaging spot-on – all products are in opaque containers, with no jars or clear containers to be found. Fragrance isn’t on this brand’s radar, either--at least not in terms of adding it to their products (which will make your skin very happy).
We’d like to see more complex formulas, but then again such formulas cost more to make, and The Inkey List is mostly a bargain brand. We wrote “mostly” because in some cases, on an ounce-per-ounce basis, The Inkey List costs just as much as some other brands offering the same type of products (like leave-on exfoliants) in larger sizes.
Even with the predominantly one-note ingredient theme, the brand typically includes beneficial ingredients in efficacious amounts and skips irritants, with the exception of a couple a products that contain witch hazel water and drying denatured alcohol.
That aside, the brand offers a good selection of effective products, something we’re always glad to see. The Inkey List is sold exclusively in the U.S. at Sephora; you can learn more about the brand here: https://www.sephora.com/brand/the-inkey-list.
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