The latest product I got a chance to test for Truth In Aging is the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil ($32). I’m a woman with dry, extremely sensitive skin who has graced this planet for almost 61 years. Like any beauty-conscious consumer, I’m interested in trying new products, but given my skin’s propensity for irritation, I typically have some reservations about testing anything without first doing a little homework. I’m pretty familiar with face serums but had never heard of “facial oil” or the ingredient squalane for that matter.
While I do have dry skin, the thought of slathering my face with oil and calling it “beneficial” didn’t really strike me as practical. Needless to say, I had no idea what to expect from this product prior to use. So, I did a little research on squalane oil, tried the product for 30 days and had a mostly positive experience.
As per usual, when I received the product I went through my ceremonial unwrapping of the package and diligently set about reading what I call the “bells and whistles,” which really boils down to any and all information contained in the packaging or printed on the product. Right away, the list of ingredients piqued my interest. According to the packaging, Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil is “paraben free, phthalate free, sulfate free, artificial fragrance free, and contains 100% Squalane Oil (olive-derived)…[and] promotes skin elasticity, diminishes age spots, and boosts cell regeneration and oxygenation.” The fine-print also claims the oil is “ideal for all skin types-dry, oily, combination, acne-prone, and sensitive.”
The general instructions were to apply a few drops to cleansed skin in the morning and at night. I was able to incorporate the oil into my regular skin care regimen without any adverse reaction or interference with the products I normally use. For example, I cleansed my skin in the morning and applied my usual face serum and eye crème. In turn, I applied the Indie Lee Facial Oil on top, as a finishing touch. I did not use a moisturizer over the oil, as I didn’t feel it necessary. If I planned on being outdoors, I applied my SPF-containing moisturizer as needed. I followed a similar routine at night, and after a month of applying the oil twice per day, half the bottle still remained. On the downside, the product is dispensed via a pump, and I felt the use of a dropper would be more conducive to accurately delivering the suggested amount of oil per use. I found about half a pump was plenty to cover the surface of my face per application. The product went on well, but it left a bit of sheen or “glow,” which remained even after allowing plenty of time for absorption. I realize some women prefer this look, but personally I felt it looked oily, and I typically enjoy a more “matte” finished look. After using the product regularly, my skin felt softer, more supple and less dry. Luckily, I do not suffer from dark spots, so I cannot speak to the product’s effect in that area.
I should note that after trying Squalane Oil for a month, I came across some information that suggested the oil penetrates the skin more deeply than most beauty/skin aides and can be used as a precursor to applying other treatments or crèmes and can, in some cases, aid in their absorption and effectiveness. I also learned that Squalane oil can be derived from various sources. While primarily olive-derived, Squalane oil can also be found in shark liver, and I would suggest anyone interested in using Squalane oil ensure the products they purchase are sourced from the former, not the latter. Reportedly, the harvesting of shark liver to procure the oil for products containing Squalane is putting some species of sharks perilously close to being endangered.