April 25th is World Malaria Day. You might be asking yourself, what does malaria have to do with Biossance? The story began back 2003 when a group of scientists made a bold proposal to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: they had developed a technology that could produce a cure for malaria—and they wanted to create the treatments and give the patented technology away. The Gates Foundation agreed. This brought scientists together from Amyris, UC Berkeley, Sanofi and the Institute for OneWorld Health to produce millions of medications and find a way to distribute them where needed most.
Today, over 120 million malaria cures have been delivered to treat children suffering from the disease—all at no profit. And this important work has paid off. In the last decade, the number of malaria cases has declined from roughly 500 million to about 212 million cases globally, and deaths from malaria have fallen to below half a million. While there is still much work to be done, these treatments have made a meaningful impact toward one day eradicating malaria.
Drawing on the same lifesaving science used to create these malaria treatments, our parent company, Amyris, has continued to develop many new ingredients that help the sustainability of our planet. That’s where Biossance’s squalane comes into the picture. Bio-fermented from rapidly renewable sugarcane, our 100% plant-based squalane is a highly stable and effective super skin moisturizer. And this is fantastic news from an environmental standpoint, since squalane was originally harvested from shark liver (obviously not so great for the environment or the sharks).
As you can see, helping people and the planet is part of our roots. We have partnered with Zagaya, a nonprofit started by a few of the founders of Amyris. Zagaya, through their Drops for Life program, donates cures for malaria to treat children in sub-Sahara Africa, where the deadly disease takes its heaviest toll. Contributions from Biossance help enable Drops for Life to purchase and distribute thousands of these highly effective malarial treatments, keeping kids healthy across the globe.
Biossance is proud to be a part of Amyris and the science that continues to help people and the planet, as well as support much needed programs like Drops for Life. We’re excited to see what future discoveries unfold to make our lives and world a better place.
Properly layering your skincare products is key to ensuring that they live up to their maximum potential. As important as this fundamental skincare knowledge is, we know it can be confusing. Here is a complete guide we’re sharing on AM and PM layering, plus tips from Kherata, Biossance Sales and Education Manager, on how to master the essential act of layering.
Three years ago, we launched this facial oil as our second product, after our head-to-toe hydrating 100% Squalane Oil. Our team of scientists set out to create another powerfully hydrating formula except this time, we wanted to make our first skincare product specifically for the face–one that still features the weightless hydration of squalane while also offering additional treatment benefits. Our standout formula comes packed with an exclusive set of ingredients that work together to visibly hydrate, firm, and give skin a healthy, radiant glow.
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