Face Oils Euphoria: Between Squalane And Rose Hip Seed Oil
Seriouslyyyyy, it is just ten-days left before this year turns into 2018! And as we looking back to the 2017 beauty ingredients trend, everywhere I look; there are always three key-ingredients that people always buzzing about. Aaaanddd, those three key ingredients are *drum-roll please LOL* Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane Oil, and Rose Hip Seed Oil.
To respect those ingredients, I would like to share my personal experience with two of them, in my most favorite products (promised, I will talk about Hyaluronic Acid later in my next post) the magnificent, affordable The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane.
I swear to you, I could find both Squalane and Rose Hip Seed Oil in my several skincare products on my beauty cabinet; from Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil; which contains Amaranthus Squalane Oil to Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser; which as you could tell - contains Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil in it. Now, let me introduce you to them both 💚
What Is Rose Hip Seed Oil?
Previously, I have been writing about Rose Hip Seed Oil in Bahasa. If you want to read it, please head to this page. Otherwise, Rose Hip Seed Oil is a pure plant-derived oil (so by nature, it is a sustainable and vegan-friendly ingredient y'all!) sourced from the seeds of specific wild rose bush, Rosa Canina, Rosa aff. rubiginosa or Rosa moschata. This plant is mainly cultivated in Andes Mountain area in South America, even though you can also find some of it in Europe and Africa region. Can you imagine how far the oil making process goes from the farmer to manufacturer until you can grab it on your hands? It is so awesome.
The Rose Hip Seed Oil contains the most essentials, nourishing and anti-inflammatory fatty-acids, Omega-6 and Omega-3. This makes Rose Hip Seed Oil is one of the best ingredients to treat signs of aging, heal scars-mark faster, can be used to treat pigmentation, hydrate skin and provide a strong protective anti-oxidant boost–all without the super heavy oily feel of a traditional liquid oil like olive oil. In a nutshell, it really does a lot of hard work for the skin.
Rose Hip Seed Oil, as I mentioned before, is the results of processing Rose Hip Seed and squeezing the oil out. It is very important to get only organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, and do not use the Rose Hip Seed Oil that is not certified organic. Can you imagine if all the toxins from plant-pesticides also carried in the oils? The toxins will be absorbed by your skin when you use it. An important rule when to choose Rose Hip Seed Oil for a direct usage: please always buy the certified organic oil.
How About The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil?
I will be honest with you, there are several Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil from another brand- but I am hooked on this one. It so damn-affordable, only USD 16.90 (around IDR 229.000) while the other brand's oil starting from USD 39.90 (around IDR 542.000). The bottle size also just right, 30ml and is enough for 6 months usage - so I am not wasting anything. For those who wonder, I bought them via Benscrub.com the price is IDR 289.000. I think I am a huge fan of The Ordinary/Deciem already. Their products are on-point, literally works like magic and easy to get even in Indonesia (salute to the e-marketplace ecosystem LOL).
About the oil itself, the consistency of the oil texture is quite thick and the color of the oil is a bit light-yellow. I would rather suggest to use it as a night treatment, unless your skin is very dry til it's flaky and got massive redness, then yes, I think you should use it in the morning after the shower as well. The scent of the oil is like an abundant fatty-acids; almost like tons of salmons. It is not that enjoyable, but it still bearable and worth to use because the results are amazing. This oil can be used in any kind of skin types, especially if you want to heal acne scars, get rid the aging signs and need a booster for extra hydration.
To me, The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil has a special place in my heart. This is my very first clean skincare product and also my very first face oil. Before I've been using Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil but of course, the purpose of the product is different. That one is for cleansing my skin, but this is for a hydration purpose. I am scared at first (because I thought it's going to clog my pores and make my skin breakouts) but thankfully, I tried and nothing bad happened. This oil also efficiently improved my dry skin condition to be more balanced. I feel that because of my skin is getting a better hydration, the fine lines under my eyes also less visible. It is a life-saver!
What Is Squalane Oil?
If you misspelled/mistyped Squalane into Squalene (only different by one letter: the one with 'a' and the other with 'e') on Google, there will be lots of articles with title "Squalene VS Squalane". Before I let you know the difference between Squalane and Rose Hip Seed Oil, it is important to know the difference between those things first (complicated, I know, but trust me, this is important).
Squalene (mainly derived from sharks) and Squalane (a new form of Squalene, the more sustainable, plant-derived and vegan friendly) are a molecule that can coat and protect skin from environmental aggressors, pollution or any free radicals that can penetrate the epidermis and raise havoc to our collagens- which is why this oil is so lethal. It is like our invisible, natural shield.
In the early 90s, the beauty industry mostly used Squalene before Squalane was found. This is a luxury, hefty priced ingredient that derived from unsustainable, inhuman ingredients; an oil that derived from deep-sea shark's liver and also highly unstable, quick to oxidize due it's natural molecule's form.
Squalane, is the modern, more sustainable version of Squalene. Made from hydrogenation form of Squalene derived from plants. The most common plant to derive Squalane is olive fruit, sugar cane, rice brans, wheat germ and palm trees. Aside from the plant-derived, actually Squalane also found naturally in human blood and skin. The scientist said we have the highest peak of Squalane amount by the age of 25, but decreased along as we aged and in the age of 50, the natural-human production Squalane drops below 5%. But worry not, we can always try to feed our body with an external usage of Squalane.
And What Is The Difference Compared To Rose Hip Seed Oil?
Actually, Squalane and Rose Hip Seed Oil provide almost similar benefits for the skin. Although the molecule's type is different, both of them offers:
- Powerful, natural anti-aging properties. Both help to stimulates better blood-oxygen circulation and the oils shields the skin from free-radicals. Thus, it improve the skin's elasticity level which makes the skin become firm.
- Potent hydration agent to make the skin's moisture level become balanced and supple.
- Have the ability to repair scars, redness including eczema.
The key difference is Squalane diminishes the production of excess oil, which is more suitable for acne sufferers with oily skin.
Alright, So How Was The 100% Plant-Derived Squalane?
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is my very first Squalane. Similar with the Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary, there are other brands that offers pure plant-derived Squalane oil such as Indie-Lee and Biossance. But again, amongst all, The Ordinary is the most affordable one. I got this beautiful, colorless and odorless oil with only USD 12.90 (around IDR 175.000). While, Indie-Lee Squalane is USD 32.00 (around IDR 432.000) and Biossance is USD 58 (around IDR 788.000). The bottle size is similar with the Rose Hip Seed oil, it came with size 30 ml with a secure, packaging box. However, The Ordinary did not stated what is their Squalane plant sources.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane has different texture from Rose Hip Seed Oil even though the benefits for skins are almost similar. This oil is transparent, very light-weight and absorbs eaaasily on my skin. I don't have to massage it for minutes to wait the oil sink in onto my skin. I am truly addicted with this oil, and now I am using it before I applied my moisturizer cream and sunblock every morning. It adds a very nice smooth and velvety texture on my face.
Due to the very light texture, this oil is suitable to use both on morning and night skincare treatment. If I use Squalane oil in my night routine, I still can add night cream after the oil application for extra moisture. But if I am using Rose Hip Seed oil during night routine, the oil texture is thick enough so I don't have to add anything. Otherwise, it will be so greasy.
What I noticed with the Squalane usage this past six weeks, this obviously add an extra hydration on my skin (without make my face shiny) and makes my skin's texture more smooth like a baby's butt hehe. I feel that the oil sink in so well because when my lunch-time comes, I feel the hydration level on my skin is still on-the-lock.
This oil is suitable for any skin types, and proven to be non-comedogenic so it will not clogged your pores. Most importantly, the texture is light-weight, so I would highly recommend this for oily and acne prone skin. In conclusion, since both Squalane and Rose Hip Seed Oil is made for any kind of skin types and conditions, feel free to choose one of the oils. But, for oily skin- Squalane is definitely a better option. I hope it helps, and I am dying to know your story if you ever tried another brand for both oils aside from The Ordinary 😍😍😍
I really, really hope that you had an amazing year throughout 2017 and I wish all of your remaining bucket-lists will come true next year. As we counting down the days, I think this is also the perfect time to start listing the 2018 New-Year resolutions hehee...
Speaking of New Year resolutions, back in early 2017, never-ever crossed my mind even once that I will start writing a blog (moreover, a skin-care blog!). But, this happened and I am very grateful. I met many wonderful people in this #skincarecommunity (yes, and this is including you *HUGE KISSES AND HUGS*), who are willing to share the love and pass the knowledge about clean, green skincare products which it's a very rare topic in Indonesia. I am happy, I am content, I am grateful and can not wait to face 2018 with more lovely people, to find more enjoyable things to do and to start more creative projects.
I wish you have a wonderful holiday and happy new year 2018, Beautiful! 🌸✨
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Personal Ratings: 10/10
Ingredient: Rosa Canina Seed Oil
Repeat Purchase: Yes
100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Personal Ratings: 10/10
Ingredient: Plant-Derived Squalane
Repeat Purchase: Yes