Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel
Biossance’s Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel earns our top recommendation with an impressive formula that really does work great for the eye area.
To start, the hydrating gel texture is dispensed via an opaque, pump-bottle, which helps keep its anti-aging antioxidants stable, ensuring you get the most out of the formula over the long haul. Speaking of antioxidants, they’re in no short supply and include niacinamide + algae, cucumber, goji, grape and green tea extracts.
The namesake antioxidant in this eye gel, squalane, is incredibly moisturizing and a wonderful source of beneficial fatty acids. We’re equally excited about the peptides that Biossance included, particularly acetyl tetrapeptide-5, which has promising research behind its ability to smooth out wrinkles and reduce undereye puffiness caused by fluid retention.
In terms of this eye gel’s claim to reduce dark circles, don’t expect dramatic results there. The formula can help skin look healthier overall, and there are some ingredients that can help contribute to a slight brightening of skin (depending on the cause of your dark circles), but you aren’t likely to see a major difference.
That aside, Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel is an excellent, fragrance-free formula to consider with a weightless, silky-gel texture compatible with any skin type.
- Ultra-moisturizing formula with a lightweight, silky-gel texture.
- Impressive mix of anti-aging antioxidants.
- Contains a peptide that can potentially help with under-eye puffiness.
- Fragrance-free formula.
A weightless, ultra-hydrating eye gel that reduces the look of puffiness and dark circles.
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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