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

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  • 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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05/15/2022
Bridget M.
United States United States

I can feel it working

I’ve been using this for well over a year, and it’s really helped smooth my skin and reduce fine lines. Even though I’m over inching closer to 50, and almost skincare advice includes retinol, I do not want to use traditional retinol because of the sunburn potential. I don’t know how this compares, but my skin looks smoother and healthier. I’m all in on Biossance to help my skin age healthfully because it works and it’s sustainable and planet-friendly.

  • What is your skin type? Dry
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • How old are you? 45-54
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05/14/2022
Deirdra R.
United States United States

Sensitive Skin

Unfortunately, I couldn’t use this product because my face started to burn as soon as I put it on. I have very sensitive skin so it’s been hard trying to find a serum my skin will allow me to use. I do love the biossance products though and they give me hope that I can find natural ingredients in products that will in fact work.

  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Top Concern Redness & Sensitivity
  • Age 35-44
05/16/2022

Biossance

Thank you for telling us about your experience. We are so sorry you have had a negative experience with Phyto-Retinol Serum. All of our products are formulated to the highest standards of safety and are thoroughly tested, and we always recommend a patch test prior to use if you are particularly sensitive.. Unfortunately, you may have a personal sensitivity to an ingredient in the product. No matter how gentle something is, there may be a few people who can’t use it. One of our advisors from our customer care department has been in touch with you and are so glad that they will be able to support you in your journey to resolve this issue! You can also reach out at customercare@biossance.com so we can better assist you or reach out to us on LiveChat by finding the gray chat bubble on the bottom right of Biossance.com. We are more than happy to help you out with selecting the right products for your skin type. The Biossance Team

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05/14/2022
Anonymous
United States United States

So far so good

I have only been using this product for about 10 days but my skin definitely feels great. I do use it in conjunction with a few other products but I have super sensitive skin and I have no issues with this serum.

  • What is your skin type? Sensitive
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Dry Skin
  • How old are you? 45-54
BY
05/09/2022
Brie Y.
United States United States

Works great for some people

I got a deluxe sample of this product, so I gave it a try. Unfortunately, it was too harsh for my sensitive skin, but my sister and mom love the serum! They saw differences in the tone/texture of skin within a few days of using the serum. My mom and sister both have normal skin.

  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Top Concern Redness & Sensitivity
  • Age 25-34
TS
05/05/2022
Tanja S.
United States United States

Retinol

Love this product!

  • What is your skin type? Combination
  • What skin issue concerns you most? Blemishes
  • How old are you? 35-44

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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.
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    Vegan, cruelty-free and nontoxic for people and the environment.
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