Review: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

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The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

I’ve had this product for a while. I forgot that I purchased it, lol. So just last week, I started using it. I’ve been using water-resistant sunscreen every day, and I needed a product that’ll help to remove every single drop of product that’s on my face. I’m also using a homemade cleansing oil to remove my makeup (if I’m using any) and sunscreen. Double the cleansing duty! Using a cleansing oil and The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser seems like a good idea. Why not? I have a bottle of it. Let’s try it out!

Squalane on my face! Yes, no??

I’m not too big on squalane. I can’t use this ingredient on my face. I’ve tried squalane oil on my face, and it seems like it just sits on my face and doesn’t moisturize my skin. It also gets in my hair and makes it oily. I tried using it in the morning and at night. I tried using it in the morning only and at night only. It didn’t work out either way. It makes a huge mess. But the main reason why I stopped using it is because it makes me breakout every single time I use it. My skin just doesn’t like oils in general. I’ve also tried other oils like jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and argan oil. Plenty of others too. They all failed on me. I even had to give up on my heavy, rich moisturizing cream because it started to clog my pores. I didn’t know it was my moisturizer that was causing breakouts until I stopped using it. My skin definitely looks so much better without oils and rich creams.

My Thoughts on The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser!

So I purchased this product in 1.7 oz. It also comes in a larger size (5 oz.). I bought this product on a whim. I didn’t think much about it at that time. The packaging of this product feels pretty cheap. I’ve used other products from The Ordinary in this type of packaging, and they all have the same feel to them — tacky and cheap. When dispensed from the tube, the product is a white cream. It’s not runny. I mixed it with a little bit of water to lather it up. This cleanser doesn’t lather up. It just feels creamy on the skin. It didn’t feel like a legit cleanser. It’s not foamy. Not even one bit. I ended up using it as a makeup and sunscreen remover instead of a stand alone cleanser right after I used my cleansing oil. So what I did was cleanse my face with my cleansing oil and remove the oil with a cotton pad with micellar water. I didn’t know I had a new bottle of micellar water so I’m using that too, lol. More on this micellar water product in another post! Once my skin is dry and clean, I take a small dollop of the squalane cleanser, mix it with a little water, and massage it into the skin. The squalane cleanser actually rinses clean and helps to remove whatever is left on my skin. That can be any leftover residue, dirt, debris. I liked how it rinsed off clean. It didn’t leave any residue behind or make my skin feel sticky. It was really easy to use and rinse off. Some facial cleansers can get a little messy. This one was really simple to move across my face. It reminds me of a cleansing balm without being or feeling oily.

This is what the squalane cleanser looks like. Ooooooooo, kinda interesting. lol.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Overall, I think this product works. I’m not going to replace my main cleanser with it by any means. I’m still feeling sketchy about squalane since I’ve had bad experiences with it. But, I didn’t have to leave this product on my face for long. It gets rinsed off. I haven’t had any breakouts from using this squalane cleanser (yet). It doesn’t seem like it’ll be a problem. I hope! ha! Will I purchase it again? Honestly, I don’t really need it. I’ll use it in the meantime since I have it. I still prefer my cleansing oil as my makeup remover. I’m currently using a mixture of almond oil and olive oil. I kind of spontaneously created this mixture out of the blue. Olive oil is definitely one of my favorite makeup remover oils. So it’s a no for me on The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. It could work for others though.

You can read more on my thoughts on The Ordinary skin care products right here!

Moving on to Olay Regenerist Vitamin C Peptide 24 Brightening Facial Cleanser…

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Olay Regenerist Vitamin C Peptide 24 Brightening Facial Cleanser

I finished Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser! Now I’m using a new product from Olay. It’s very similar to the Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. This time, it’s Vitamin C Peptide 24 Brightening Facial Cleanser. This facial cleanser contains vitamin b3, vitamin c, peptides to exfoliate and brighten dull skin. Looking at the ingredients, the major differences between the two products is that the Brightening Facial Cleanser contains 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid and fragrance. Both of these products contain niacinamide and salicylic acid. It’s not advertised as an acne treatment product, but for some reason it works as one on my skin. Also, the Brightening Facial Cleanser doesn’t mention it being a cream cleanser. It’s a cream cleanser. The texture and consistency feels just the same as the Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. The only difference is what I mentioned before. It contains ascorbic and fragrance. The fragrance in this product isn’t too bad. It’s not too overwhelming.

So, I’ve been using Olay Regenerist Vitamin C Peptide 24 Brightening Facial Cleanser for about 1-2 weeks. I only use it 2-3 times a week. I don’t think it’s necessary to use it any more than that. I don’t use it as a facial cleanser. I use it as an acne treatment. It seems to have a positive effect on my acne when I use it as an acne treatment. This facial cleanser does leave residue behind on the skin. Just like the Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. Just knowing that, it’s not a good idea to use it as a stand alone facial cleanser. With that in mind, I always follow up with another face wash after using the Brightening Facial Cleanser to prevent breakouts from occurring.

This facial cleanser tingles a little bit. But after a while, my skin got used to it. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t use it every day. I’ve noticed some breakouts diminishing after using this product (like the Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser). It’s not something I would rely on to get rid of my acne or at least maintain clear skin. It’s just something extra I have in my skin care routine to help my acne. So far, it has helped clear up my skin along with other products that I use for my acne. I’m not sure if it has helped brighten my skin. It’s awesome that it contains vitamin c. So this facial cleanser is very similar to the Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. I think I like it a lot more so far. I’m not having any issues with the fragrance. And the ingredients are almost, nearly identical.

After using the Brightening Facial Cleanser, even though I liked the Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser, the one with the vitamin c is so much better. I like vitamin c in my products, and this is working just like the Collagen one. I guess I’ll stick to the vitamin c one for now…

If you missed out on my posts on Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser…

Review: Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser

1 Week Using Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. Goodbye Acne?

1 Month Using Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser & What I’m Doing Now for My Acne…

1 Month Using Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser & What I’m Doing Now for My Acne…

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Review: Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser

I’ve been using Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser for a month. I started off using it in the morning and night. It worked great! It helped clear out a bunch of stubborn closed comedones that wouldn’t budge. Left my skin feeling soft and smooth after each use. I wasn’t using it as a facial cleanser but an acne treatment. It contains salicylic acid, but it’s not known as an acne treatment or a salicylic acid treatment. I tried using it as a face wash when I first purchased it, but that didn’t work out. It clogged my pores terribly. I noticed pimples on my face very quick. This cleanser leaves an oily, fatty film behind on the skin. It just doesn’t leave the skin feeling clean after rinsing it off. If you have clog-prone skin, it’s a good idea to use another facial cleanser afterwards to make sure all of that grease is taken off of the skin. As an acne treatment, it’s wonderful! It worked to unclog pores. Finally, something that works to unclog these annoying, clogged pores that I’ve had for months! Possibly years!

So I continued using the cream cleanser for the next couple of weeks. My skin looked even better. A lot softer and smoother. It helped with the texture of my skin too. With this cream cleanser, even though the texture of product is heavy and moisturizing on the skin, it’s best to use it with a heavy duty moisturizer. Don’t be fooled just because it’s cream-based. It can dry out the skin. My skin became so dry when I was only using a lightweight moisturizer or no moisturizer with this product. Sorry, I couldn’t find a moisturizer that worked on my skin during that time. But it truly works better when used with a heavier moisturizer or layers of moisturizers (what I do, read more about what moisturizers I like by clicking the link!), since my skin is so finicky, lol. My skin didn’t feel dry at all, and I was able to use it twice a day with no irritation or redness. πŸ‘πŸ»

I loved the results of this product, but I decided to get back on tret. Read about my break from tret here! πŸ‘ˆπŸ» And get ready for an update on my experience with tret soon! It turns out Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser and tret don’t go well together. They’re both exfoliants, and my skin burns when I use Olay too often with tret. So I’m only using the cream cleanser a few times a week at night. Yes, I know this stuff helped my acne, but my skin has settled and is ready to take on tret again. It’s been a whole month off of tret. I think it’s time to reintroduce it back in. From my past experience, retinoids do wonders for my acne and skin texture. Other than that, this is a good product for the price and effectiveness. I’m still shocked ’til this day. I tried so many acne treatments over the years, and I saw noticeable results within 1 week of using this cream cleanser! I just didn’t expect it to work on my acne. I’m very impressed! I’ll keep it around, since it helps to improve my skin.

⭐ If you missed out on my earlier tret posts…

My experience with tret the first week…

After 1 Month on Tret + Skin Care Routine. Here are My Results.

2 Months on Tret. My results. πŸ™‚

1 Week Using Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. Goodbye Acne?

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Review: Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser

Even though I couldn’t use Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser as a stand alone facial cleanser, I continued to use it because I have it. What am I to do with this facial cleanser? Throw it out? I think not! lol. I used Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser as a pre-cleanser. So I use the Olay cream cleanser first. Next, I use my daily cleanser to rinse off any residue left behind by the Olay cream cleanser. The Olay cream cleanser is notorious for leaving a thin layer of film behind on the skin. It doesn’t make a good facial cleanser at all. Well, on my skin it doesn’t. I have oily skin, and I need a facial cleanser that removes sebum, dirt, debris from my skin very thoroughly. This doesn’t cut it. But…

The cleanser feels so soft, velvety, and smooth on the skin. I always look forward to using it. I’m in love with the texture and consistency of the product. I just wish my skin could handle a creamy cleanser like this. It’s just so gentle on the skin and doesn’t irritate the skin at all. Well, besides the slight burning sensation in the beginning. Don’t worry, that stinging sensation eventually went away after a whole week of using it twice a day. It must be the salicylic acid in this product that’s doing that. Also, my skin isn’t as dry anymore using this cleanser, since it’s so creamy and rich. It leaves my skin more moisturized compared to using my main cleanser alone (PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash 10%). The ingredients in this cleanser isn’t too bad either. It contains moisturizers, niacinamide, snow mushroom, and collagen peptides.

During the first week, I started to notice a breakout again even with cleansing my skin with another facial cleanser after using Olay cream cleanser. But these pimples were much different. It didn’t fill up my pores (what it did without following up with another facial cleanser). It was unclogging them. I can see closed comedones moving up to the surface, and my skin smoothing out. I spent so much time on prescription acne treatments, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And this is working?? This is truly amazing. Salicylic acid usually doesn’t work on my acne, but this seems to be working. I just didn’t expect it. And it’s super affordable and accessible too. I’m hooked! Well, as long as it continues to clear up my skin!

So it seems like this facial cleanser (or treatment, what I use it as) is working on my acne. Who knew. I just purchased it to replace my facial cleanser, but I ended up with something that cleared up most of my leftover acne without drying my entire face out! I’m so happy! My skin isn’t fully clear yet, but it’s moving in that direction. I mean, it’s only been 1 week on this product. Salicylic acid takes time to work too. So far, I have some small areas that need to be cleared out, but I think it’s going to happen in a few weeks. Everyone, my skin is almost officially clear, and I’m ecstatic about the results!! I haven’t worn any makeup for the past weeks due to the brightness, smoothness, and how my clear my skin looks. I can’t wait to see results next week! A new update soon to see if it’s truly working! I like what I’m seeing after 1 week! πŸ˜€

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Review: Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser

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Review: Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser

I’m on the search for a new face wash. Something that’s more hydrating and less drying. I’m currently using PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash (10%). It works to clean my skin, but it can be drying sometimes. Still, I want something that doesn’t dry my skin out the more I use it. I’m looking for a more moisturizing facial cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin. So! I found Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream Cleanser. The purpose of this cream cleanser is to gently exfoliate the skin, prepping it for other collagen peptide 24 products (sorry, this was the only product I purchased from the collagen peptide 24 line), contains niacinamide (vitamin b3) and collagen peptides. It’s fragrance-free, phthalates-free, mineral oil free, and free of synthetic dyes. Now here’s my experience with this face wash!

This is a cream cleanser, and it truly really is. The texture of the product is soft, creamy, and smooth. I was really excited to use it because of this. When applied to the skin, it feels soft and moisturizing. What I expected from a cream cleanser. It feels so creamy and dreamy on the skin. It stung my skin just a little bit. I wonder if it’s due to the salicylic acid that it contains. Yes, it contains salicylic acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin within the pores! I wonder if it’ll be good for acne! I haven’t found a salicylic acid product that works on my skin just yet. This cream cleanser also contains tiny little granules to exfoliate the skin. It’s not harsh on the skin at all. The creaminess of the cleanser prevents the granules from being too rough on the skin. I don’t think it did anything for my skin, so it was just there. It didn’t irritate my skin.

Other than that, I really liked how it felt on my skin. It didn’t dry out my skin and left it feeling hydrated after rinsing the product off. But, unfortunately, it didn’t leave my skin feeling clean. There was a thin layer of product left behind on my skin. So this face wash felt too lubricating and fatty on my skin. It contains fatty alcohols, such as stearyl alcohol and cetyl alcohol. I like the niacinamide and peptides, but it’s obviously not the right facial cleanser for my skin type. I ended up with clogged pores due to it not rinsing off clean. This was within a couple of days of using it. I love how the cleanser feels gentle on the skin and moisturizes my skin, but I need something that cleans my skin thoroughly. I guess I’m back to PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash.

βœ… Pros

❌ Cons

I didn’t get to use the facial cleanser long enough to see if the salicylic acid in this product did anything for my acne. Well, that’s too bad, lol. But, overall, the cleanser was just too heavy for my skin type. I have oily skin, but I was dealing with some skin dryness. I thought this facial cleanser could help a bit with the dryness. Nope. I developed more breakouts due to it not cleaning my skin good enough. So, I won’t purchase it again. It seems like it could work for someone with normal or dry skin without any skin issues. It’s not for me. Moving on…

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