Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum

Plant-derived retinol serum with niacinamide that fights signs of aging

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Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
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  • EWG

    EWG

  • Vegan

    Vegan

  • Cruelty Free

    Cruelty Free

  • Nontoxic

    Nontoxic

  • Paraben free

    Paraben free

  • Synthetic fragrance free

    Synthetic fragrance free

  • PEG free

    PEG free

Clinical Report

% Confirm

  • 100% saw a visible reduction in wrinkles after 1 week*
  • 100% agree that skin appeared brighter after 1 week*
  • 97% saw an increase in skin firmness after 1 week*
You asked, we listenedthe packaging of your favorite serum just got an upgrade.
Our lightweight, powerfully effective Squalane + Phyto-Retinol serum is now housed in an innovative, ultra-light bottle with our 100% recyclable, airless pump that dispenses every last drop of product. Featuring bakuchiol, a plant-derived alternative to retinol, and niacinamide, our anti-aging serum reduces the look of lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin without irritation or sensitivity.
This Squalane + Phyto-Retinol serum formula was clinically evaluated and found to be non-irritating and effective for all skin types*.

If you thought you couldn’t get the benefits of retinol and niacinamide, think again.

  • Reduces the look of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Visibly improves firmness
  • Evens the look of skin tone
  • Plant-based alternative to retinol—bakuchiol
  • Features our 100% recyclable, airless pump that dispenses every last drop
  • 70% lighter packaging made from post-consumer recycled plastic to help minimize our carbon footprint through reducing carbon emissions in transit

For external use only. Use only as directed. We recommend a patch test prior to use if you are particularly sensitive. If irritation occurs, consult a dermatologist.

  • EWG

    EWG

  • Vegan

    Vegan

  • Cruelty Free

    Cruelty Free

  • Nontoxic

    Nontoxic

  • Paraben free

    Paraben free

  • Synthetic fragrance free

    Synthetic fragrance free

  • PEG free

    PEG free

Directions:

  • Massage 1-2 pumps of the squalane + phyto-retinol serum onto clean face and neck, morning and night.

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Layering Guide:

  • Step 1: Cleanser
  • Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser
  • Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil
  • Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser
  • Step 2: Toner
  • Squalane + BHA Pore Minimizing Toner
  • Step 3: Mask
  • Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial
  • Step 4: Eye Treatment
  • Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel
  • Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
  • Step 5: Treatment
  • Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
  • Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum
  • Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum
  • Step 6: Moisturizer
  • Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
  • Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
  • Step 7: Oil
  • 100% Squalane Oil
  • Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
  • Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil
  • Step 8: Sunscreen
  • Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
  • Step 9: Makeup
  • Apply foundation, BB/CC creams and any color cosmetics
  • Anytime: After Step 1, Over Makeup, or Throughout the Day
  • Squalane + Omega Repair Hand Cream
  • Squalane + Hyaluronic Toning Mist
  • Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm
BAKUCHIOL
  • SQUALANE: Derived from sugarcane, it mimics body's natural hydrating oils to provide weightless moisture to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin and prevent overdrying.
  • Niacinamide: Helps even out skin tone, improves skin barrier function and skin texture

All Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Squalane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Bakuchiol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Lecithin, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene

  • 1What does "phyto" mean?

    Phyto comes from the Greek word “phyton” which means “plant”. When you see the word “phyto” it means that the product or ingredient comes from a plant source. We call our serum Phyto-Retinol because the main ingredient, bakuchiol, is a plant-derived retinol alternative.
  • 2How does bakuchiol work like retinol? How do you get the same benefits without the irritation?

    Bakuchiol works by mimicking the beneficial activity of retinol. In clinical studies, bakuchiol was found to target several of the same gene expression receptors as retinol, and had similar effects on boosting Collagen I, II and III. Bakuchiol also has strong antioxidant properties and is suitable for daytime use, unlike retinol.
  • 3Does Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum have the same restrictions as traditional retinol?

    No, the product is free of retinol or retinoids. The “retinol-like” effects come from bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative that has similar benefits, but because it works in a different way, doesn’t have the irritation or sun sensitivity associated with retinol.
  • 4How much PCR%, why not 100%?

    Our new component is made from 50% PCR and is 100% curbside recycle ready - this is the highest percent of PCR we are able to include without compromising the performance of the packaging or its recyclability. Our priority was to deliver a better user experience that minimized waste, increased recyclability, and lowered our carbon footprint.
  • 5How do I ensure I have removed all product?

    We have switched to an airless pump component to minimize product waste left in the component. To remove the pump and ensure you have used up all product, simply pull off the white pump cap and remove the copper pump - if difficult to remove by hand, a pair of pliers will do the trick!
  • 6Is this Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    Since Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum does not contain any retinol or retinoids, it does not have the same contraindications as retinol. However, as with any product applied to the skin we recommend checking with your doctor before using while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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06/26/2022
Anonymous
United States

Love This!

Best retinol serum I have tried on my sensitive skin. Love that is is EWG verified. I also appreciate the sample sizes you offer. I am exploring other Biossance products & so far have been impressed with everything I’ve tried. Keep up the good work

  • What is your skin type? Sensitive
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Age Prevention
  • How old are you? 45-54
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06/24/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Love it!

Skin feels great, pores and lines reduced. Gives my skin a nice glow!

  • What is your skin type? Combination
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • How old are you? 45-54
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06/18/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Smoothest skin ever

This serum makes my skin feel the smoothest it's ever been everyday. It is light, absorbs into my skin easily, and layers with other products perfectly. I never felt before that I could use a lot of products–my skin would always end up feeling clogged and I'd develop some kind of spots or irritation. However, I've been following the Biossance directions in layering cleansers, serums, and moisturizers and they are each so light and perfect that my skin feels super hydrated yet never clogged or heavy. It feels natural but much much better.

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06/17/2022
Teresa W.
United States United States

Phyto Retinol Serum

This is my favorite Biossance product. Its perfect for my skin. Sonetimes I mix it with my tretinoin at night for an extra boost. It feels great when used alone as well.

  • What is your skin type? Normal
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Lifting & Firming
  • How old are you? 55
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06/15/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

Yesssss

Such a good product!

  • What is your skin type? Combination
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Blemishes
  • How old are you? 25-34

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROMISE

Our commitment to people and planet applies to everything we create. We innovate every aspect of our company and supply chain to do better for our world and be the leading pioneers in sustainable beauty.

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  • RENEWABLE RESOURCES

    Our squalane is derived from renewable sugarcane.
  • PLANET-FIRST PROCESSES

    Formulated using the latest sustainable methods. No deforestation and developed in far proximity from rainforests. Low water usage.
  • CONSCIOUS PACKAGING

    Sugarcane and Forest Stewardship Council-certified boxes (FSC).
  • SAFE PRODUCTS

    Vegan, cruelty-free and nontoxic for people and the environment.
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    All of our inner and outer cartons. (This excludes our airless bottle components and pumps.) We are working towards more sustainable solutions.