Every year as the season transitions to warmer, sunnier weather, my skin always freaks out. Yours too? Whether it’s the change in humidity, general climate, or even sleep (ugh, daylight savings time screws me up for several weeks, minimum), I always end up switching my moisturizer around this time of the year.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I’d ordered a few new products, and I wanted to share one of the standouts with you — Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil. I’ve come across this brand before when browsing local beauty shops…you can’t miss the bold, clean, color-blocked packaging. I was ordering some May Lindstrom products from Beautylish, saw this particular oil, and figured for the price, I’d give it a try. To be honest, while I love facial oils, I’ve found that some are definitely far superior than others, with price (unfortunately) usually being the factor that makes the standouts amazing. Given its $32 price tag (affordable in the world of luxury facial oils) and an ingredient I’d never heard of (squalane?), I was curious.
So here’s the scoop: this is the facial oil for people who hate facial oils, for all the reasons you’d assume one would. A) It’s pretty much odorless, so if you’re one of those people who can’t stand the floral/botanical fragrance of many facial oils, consider this a huge plus. But (B) what’s amazing to me about squalane oil is that how fast it soaks into the skin, without leaving any oily, greasy residue. A few of the reviews I’d read had mentioned this, and I found myself thinking, “Yeah, I’ll have to see it to believe it.” Well, I believe it. On my skin, a few drops of oil soaks in nearly instantly. And yet, the after effect is skin that feels supple, really smooth, and extremely soft.
I used the oil on its own after cleansing for about a week and a half, and for the last week or so, have been mixing a pump of serum with several drops of the oil. Mix it all up in my hands, then apply to the face, neck, décolletage. The oil mixes extremely well with other serums, and the effect has been great — no-makeup-needed, smooth, blemish free, happy skin (Side note: I read online that squalane oil has antibacterial properties, so it makes sense it could help you stay pimple free!). But the nice part is, the mixture soaks in quickly enough that if I am applying some concealer or cream foundation (I use this for both), I’m not waiting around for my skin to feel prepped and ready.
I’ve been using the oil a lot, both morning and night — and
probably definitely more than I need to each time — and I’d estimate that after 3.5 weeks of use, I’ve worked my way through about a fifth of the bottle (which includes the time I knocked it over and spilled at least a dropper full!). The instructions say to use 2-3 drops for the face, but I’ve been using more like 6 to 7, to also apply to the neck and décolletage.
Are you a facial oil devotee, or are they not your thing? If you’ve been thinking about trying one, Indie Lee’s Squalane Facial Oil is a great place to start! You can find it at Beautylish (it was my first time ordering from them earlier this month, and I had a great customer service experience), Anthropologie, Credo, Space NK, or the Indie Lee website.
PS – I was searching around for info on squalane oil and came across this article, and this one too. I also found that you can order generic squalane oil on Amazon for a lower price, but there seems to be some debate about how to guarantee the oil is 100% naturally derived from olives (and organic ones at that), versus animals, so bargain hunt cautiously. Either way, if you try out this magical ingredient, let me know what you think!
More reviews of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, Jasmine Garden and Tata Harper’s new Purifying Mask to come!