28th June 2021

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum- Reviewed

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I was skeptical when I first heard Biossance were releasing a Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum, largely due to the fact that I rarely use a standalone Vitamin C product in my routine, despite knowing how great they are at providing antioxidant protection, collagen boosting and brightening, very few formulas are suited to my skin type and don’t cause irritation or breakouts.

This one however is more than welcome to join the elite club of Vitamin C’s I love using. Firstly, the texture is light, ‘lotiony’ and non sticky,  so I often skip moisturiser and go straight to SPF if using in the AM which is great for a quick routine. The squalane hit in this means I get all the moisture I need for the day.

As well as using vitamin c derivative ethyl ascorbic acid, the addition of Licorice Root and Shiitake Mushroom extract help boost the formulas brightening powers, which I much prefer as I tend to avoid pure ascorbic acid and this is much more stable and less prone to oxidising quickly.

As far as dark spots go, it’s definitely worked on some of the more recent dark spots left behind from breakouts but is yet to shift anything that has been on my skin for a while, and I’m not entirely sure that it will, but that isn’t particularly what I was looking for it to do, I tend to prefer Retinoids, AHAs and Azelaic Acid to take care of anything more stubborn.

Overall, I think this is a great product, for any skin type. It’s given me another option for a brightening antioxidant treatment that I feel makes a visible difference to my skin.

I think it’s best suited to someone who hasn’t got on with other vitamin C products before, or wants a sophisticated formula that they know they will see no irritation from but results will be cumulative being that vitamin C derivatives like ethyl ascorbic acid tend to require more consistency before you can see results.

If you’d prefer an oil formula, have a dryer skin or prefer something more gentle, you may find you prefer the other bestselling vitamin C offering from the brand- the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, which uses THD ascorbate.

Biossance is cruelty free (like all skincare sold in the UK). The brand is available at Selfridges stores and online, Cult Beauty, Sephora and Biossance.com. 

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