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Biossance

Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist

1.01 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Biossance’s Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist positions itself as a soothing tonic to restore skin’s moisture and ease the stress of the day. Unfortunately, it contains some ingredients that can stress skin out!

This water-light liquid comes in an opaque plastic bottle with a spray nozzle on top. The mist dispensed is fine, as claimed, and it sinks into skin almost instantly, providing lightweight moisture that’s suitable for all skin types.

The formula (which is pretty much a toner in all but name) has some worthy ingredients, including its namesake squalane, which is a source of fatty acids and antioxidants. Two forms of skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate are also in the mix.

But that’s where the positives end. Along with those hydrating ingredients, this includes fragrant lavender, orange peel, and geranium oils, and the fragrance ingredients limonene, citronellol, geraniol, and linalool. While it might be pleasant to your nose, it’s doing your skin a disservice.

Fragrance ingredients irritate skin, leading to all sorts of problems, including drier skin, the opposite of this product’s purported goal (see More Info for details). There are far better toners and mists available in all price ranges that won’t put your skin at risk for irritation.

Pros:
  • Lightweight mist sinks quickly into skin for instant hydration.
  • Contains skin-beneficial squalane and two forms of sodium hyaluronate.
Cons:
  • Contains numerous fragrant oils and fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Replenish and refresh skin depleted by exercise, stress, overindulgence and everyday life. In addition to squalane, it features two types of hyaluronic acid to restore hydration within the skin and on the surface for complete, skin plumping moisture protection. Ultra-fine, No Compromise™ mist for a weightless veil of nourishing, mineral-rich moisture—morning, night and on-the-go.

Water/Aqua, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Squalane, Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Lysine, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

Biossance is the commercial beauty arm of biotechnology brand Amyris. Amyris manufactures plant sugars (like that from sugar cane) into specialty ingredients for use by other companies, but chose to center Biossance around one ingredient in particular: plant-based squalane.

Each Biossance product prominently features squalane; so much that it’s in the name of every offering. Squalane has its merits—it’s an excellent skin-conditioning ingredient and has antioxidant properties—but skin needs much more than one focused ingredient to feel, look, and perform its best.

Thankfully, Biossance includes other ingredients in many of its squalane-centric products and these are also impressive, particularly bakuchiol (which has many retinol-like properties), antioxidants, and peptides. Unfortunately, the brand also uses a number of fragrance ingredients in many of its products, and whether naturally-derived or not, fragrance is known to irritate skin—even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place. For this reason, most of the brand’s offerings wind up being middle-of-the-road, though there are a couple of standouts.

For more on Biossance, visit the brand’s website at https://biossance.com/.

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