For some reason, we live in a world where beauty products have become very complicated. Between foaming cleansers for oily skin, bar cleansers for acne-prone skin, you have to admit, it gets confusing, and it doesn’t help that these said beauty products don’t necessarily deliver what they’ve promised — even after you’ve forked out about $200 for them.
Enter The Ordinary’s brand new gentle, moisturising cleanser, the Squalane Cleanser. The brand is not new to beauty junkies; it has singlehandedly changed the face of skincare, delivering high-performance products at bargain prices. Considering all the products that have come before it, you can’t help but to expect a lot from one itty bitty bottle of cleanser. This tiny but mighty baby delivers, though.
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It's finally here. Say hello to The Ordinary's first-ever (took way too long 🙈) cleanser. The soap-free and non-comedogenic nature of The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser protects the integrity of epidermal lipids and leaves any skin type feeling cleansed, moisturized and soft. Squalane, alongside other gentle esters, works to trap and dissolve facial impurities and makeup (even waterproof mascara), detaching them from the surface of the skin. Subsequently, the emulsifying sucrose esters blend the dissolved makeup and facial impurities with water, allowing them to be easily and efficiently rinsed away. 💦 The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser undergoes 3 textural phases; 1) Balm-like upon dispensing, 2) Oil-like after rubbing between the palms of your hands and 3) Milk-like when combined with water. The cleanser should only be applied to dry skin once it has entered the oil-like phase. This change in texture is crucial in order to facilitate the efficient dissolving of facial impurities and makeup. Although 50ml may not seem like a lot, the balm- (and later, oil-) like consistency of this formula spreads very easily and as such, a small amount is required upon application. We understand that more is always more for some, but please don’t be sad – a cuddlier size is already in the works. 🤗
At $17, the Squalane Cleanser will cost you less than a pair of movie tickets, and the star ingredient is vegan squalane — an ingredient that is already found in our skin. It is a a natural lipid found in our skin’s sebum that is deeply hydrating without feeling heavy.
You start with a dollop of the product, and warm it up between the palms of your dry hands. When it melts into a slick buttery consistency, you massage it on your face and it’ll melt your makeup — even the most stubborn — with ease. Once you’re done, just wash it off.
The cleanser is a game changer, removing the need to double cleanse with an oil-based cleanser to get rid of makeup before and following it up with a foaming, or a water-based cleanser to remove the greasy residue. The best part is: this is just the first of the growing family of The Ordinary cleansers. Our wallets (and faces) are ready.
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