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The Ordinary's 100% Plant-derived Squalane Oil Review

I love facial oils to nourish my skin at night, but sometimes they can be super greasy. However, a couple of years ago I heard about squalane, a plant-derived oil-like and moisturizing ingredient that has a similar makeup as the sebum in the skin without the greasy feel of facial oils, and I just had to give it a go. The Ordinary Plant-derived Squalane Oil has been a staple in my winter skincare routine, and today I’ll be sharing the tea!

The Ordinary Squalane Oil

My Experience with the 100% Plant-derived Squalane Oil from The Ordinary

My first rodeo with a squalane-based product was The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, so it just made sense for me to try the oil when looking for more hydrating products for winter.

In terms of texture, squalane oil is a lightweight clear oil that seamlessly absorbs into the skin. It leaves the skin with a nice glow but isn’t greasy at all, which is what I love most. It claims to hydrate and provide a suppleness to the skin, and I can attest to that. I use it every night as the last step of my routine and wake up with soft, supple, and dewy skin.

This oil is so light and can be used on oily skin as well, so no worries about getting your pores clogged. It can be used as a stand-alone moisturizer as well, so if you do not want to layer a moisturizer and oil at night, that's fine. However, during winter, I'll say it's best to layer both.


Using this facial oil at night is a guarantee of waking up with soft and supple skin. It is ideal when struggling with an impaired barrier and when using strong actives that have the potential to irritate the skin. 

My Pros and Cons



It hydrates the skin effectively 

Lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin

Doesn’t clog the pores and is safe for oily skin


The Ordinary Squalane Oil

What is this 100% Plant-derived Squalane Oil from The Ordinary?

This serum is made up of 100% squalane, a lightweight, hydrating oil-like active naturally produced by the human body, but its production decreases with age. Extracted from olives, sugarcane, or sharks, it's a stable and non-comedogenic emollient that mimics the skin's natural oils. Squalane penetrates deeply to moisturize without leaving an oily residue, improves skin elasticity, and forms a protective barrier against environmental damage. It mimics the natural sebum found in the skin and is beneficial for all skin types, promoting hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and soothing dry or irritated skin.

Benefits of The Ordinary 100% Plant-derived Squalane Oil 

  • Hydration: It forms a protective barrier, preventing moisture loss and keeping the skin hydrated, resulting in a soft and supple complexion.

  • Balancing Sebum: It has a unique ability to hydrate both dry and oily areas of the skin. It can help balance oiliness by providing moisture where needed without making the skin feel greasy. 

  • Enhancing Skin Barrier: The Ordinary's Squalane Oil helps strengthen the skin's natural barrier, reducing trans-epidermal water loss and improving overall skin health. This also contributes to balancing sebum in the skin by regulating the skin’s ability to stay hydrated.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Squalane possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritation and redness. Inflammation can stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oil or hyperpigmentation.  So, reducing inflammation may contribute to sebum regulation.

  • Improving Texture: Because squalane has emollient properties, this facial oil can contribute to softening, smoothening, and improving textured skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Final Thoughts

The Ordinary Squalane Oil

The Ordinary Squalane Oil is an amazing product that I will highly recommend to everyone trying to improve their skin hydration and barrier repair. I also love the fact that it is non-comedogenic and is safe for oily skin

Where to Buy the 100% Plant-derived Squalane Oil from The Ordinary


Should I Use the 100% Plant-derived Squalane Oil in the Morning or Night?

It is best to use facial oils at night. This is the time when the skin undergoes the least amount of stress and takes time to absorb nourishing oils like squalane and to regenerate itself.


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