I’ve recently found and fallen in love with The Ordinary Skincare line. It’s affordable, concentrated and simple. So for this weeks Friday Favorites, I’ve chosen two products that I’ve been reaching for lately and loving my results. They are the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% & 100% Squalane.
What is an Alpha Lipoic Acid & why do I need it?
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a natural and powerful antioxidant. It helps fight off free radicals which help contribute to premature aging. It can restore and renew the appearance of the skin, by visibly helping with texture and tone. ALA also helps with inflammation and can have a soothing effect. So you’re resurfacing and stimulating the skin, without the inflammation that a lot of Retinols leave you with. I personally love this product for hyperpigmentation and because the Retinols leave my skin vulnerable to burning in the summer, I reach for an ALA. However, you should still be careful and be sure to use your SPF daily when using this product.
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If you’re in your late 20s and 30s+ and you’re not already using an anti-aging product, nows the time. If you are hesitant about starting a Retinol then ALA is a great place to start. It’s effective yet gentle and it will also help prep the skin for something stronger like a Retinol. Ask me how to do this!
Did you know: Yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes are good sources of alpha–lipoic acid.
What is Squalane, I know it sounds like Squid…
Well, we’re pretty close Squalene oil is an unsaturated oil. It’s produced by our own skin cells. It can also be found in olives, sugarcane, rice bran, palm trees and shark liver. Squalane oil is a saturated oil.
If you caught that, YES, there are two types of oils, Squalene vs. Squalane. Squalene Oil is an unsaturated oil, meaning its unstable and goes bad fast. So often you will not find this form in skincare products and if you do, try to avoid it. What we’re looking for is Squalane Oil, which is a saturated oil. It is formed when squalene undergoes hydrogenation processing, making it more stable. Meaning it will last longer and be more beneficial to you.
What are the benefits?
- First off don’t be scared to try this product if you have oily or acne prone skin! Squalane can help regulate oil production, and because its non-comedogenic, it will not clog your pores.
- It is more stable than Coconut Oil, making it a better choice for moisturizing, as it absorbs quickly.
- It helps with irritation so this product is ideal for sensitive skin types. Its even been shown to soothe the skin. Making it also a great choice for those suffering from dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
Overall Squalane is an amazing oil. I become excited whenever I see a line that includes this ingredient. I highly recommend it over other oils and The Ordinary skincare line has one of the top-rated ones. Ask me how to use it.
I hope you enjoyed this Friday Favorite FF. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding the use or application of these products. You can also find more information by clicking the highlighted areas.
Thoughts expressed here are from personal and professional experience. Everyone has individual health and skincare concerns which might pose a contraindication. As always you should consult your physician, skincare technician or other licensed professional to discuss your background before starting any new products.