Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

December 1 - Squalane can be found in many skincare products. But what is it exactly? And why should you include it in your skincare regimen?

What is Squalane?

Squalane is a saturated oil that mimics the skin’s natural oils. It’s derived from Squalene ( with an e), which is found in the human body, in our sebum. Our skin’s oil is made up of about 13% Squalene. Our body’s Squalene production slows down after 30, so it can cause drier skin. Once produced from shark livers, today its produced from sources like olives, rice bran, and sugar cane. Squalene can be unstable in skincare products (it can go rancid quickly) so its converted into a more stable form that can be used in skincare: squalane.

What are the benefits of squalane?

Before we get into the benefits, squalane is suitable for all skin types. It’s non-comedogenic, so you won’t have to worry about it clogging your pores. Now… on to the benefits.

  1. Squalane protect our skin’s barrier. Our skin barrier protects us from pollution, UV rays, toxins, etc. It also holds in moisture and regulates our temperature.
  2. It’s anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce any swelling, irritation, and redness.
  3. It increases collagen and firms the skin.
  4. It’s a natural antioxidant that fights free radicals that cause cell damage.
  5. It helps to prevent moisture loss
  6. It’s very light and doesn’t feel greasy on your skin. It moisturizes your skin and makes it feel supple.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it may help with psoriasis and eczema.

Squalane can also benefit your hair and nails. It helps with dry, damaged hair and can help prevent breakage by nourishing it and keeping it moisturized. Squalane can also help nourish your dry cuticles.

With all the benefits of squalane, it’s definitely an ingredient you should add into your skincare arsenal.

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