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No, you don’t really need a dedicated eye cream, I talked about that in length already. There obviously are exceptions to that “rule”, as there always are in skincare, and one if them is: I want a separate eye product or a product with a special texture. (More info: Are eye creams just a waste of money?)
So today let’s talk about the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream, its texture, its ingredients and what it might possibly do for your under eyes.
What the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream claims
Instantly lifts, firms & smooths the look of skin.
It has apparently also won three awards and has some clinical reports in which 33 women using it for 28 days rated improvement in wrinkles, firmness and lift around their eyes. There is also a before and after picture on the website that looks impressive – but we all know by now not to trust those, don’t we?
Facts about the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
Prize and size
One pot contains 15 ml and retails for 54 $ on the website here. It is vegan.
Texture and smell
The eye cream has a salmon color, is firm to the touch, but melts into the skin and has absolutely no scent. I mean, I sometimes get a whiff of, well, the scent of a cream, but only when I sniff very hard.
How to use the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
I am not sure if the salmon color is meant to counteract dark under eye circles, but if it is, it is way too subtle to have more than a barely noticeable brightening effect. Once smoothed on the skin, the color seems to disappear, at least on me. (More info: How to get rid of dark circles under the eyes)
Despite the initial firmness it is easy to spread and rich without being greasy. I usually prefer more lightweight textures during the day, but have used this without any problems under makeup as well.
Ingredients of the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
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Apart from the Squalane, which is used as emollient alongside quite a few others, and Glycerin, a well-known humectant, there is also Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, an emollient smoothing out the skin and Olivem 1000, made up of Sorbitan Olivate and Cetearyl Olivate, which is moisturizing, barrier repairing and soothing according to the manufacturer.
It also contains Panthenol, which is soothing, and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 claiming to boost collagen production. (More info: Everything you need to know about peptides in skincare)
The orangey color most likely comes from Astaxanthin, a pigment that also doubles up as antioxidant and often comes from algae – there is your explanation for the “Marine Algae” part of the name.
Does it live up to its claims?
I don’t find it to firm and lift the skin, as I wouldn’t expect from topical skincare anyway, but it definitely smooths out the eye area due to ist rich texture. (More info: Can skincare cure acne? Limitations of topical products)
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream to?
While I enjoy the cream, I am pretty set in my eye cream ways: Something light in the mornings and something with retinol at night, so I don’t think I will repurchase. To be honest, I didn’t see any firming and lifting when I used the cream either, but wouldn’t expect skincare to have that effect. (More info: My current favorite skincare of 2021)
It has a beautiful texture though and definitely has an immediate smoothing effect on the under eyes, so I think it will work great as morning eye cream for those that have mature skin with fine lines that their concealer tends to settle into, as this was efficiently prevented for me with a layer of Biossance before makeup.
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