Squalane, the trendy new ingredient that is taking the skincare world by storm. You can find it almost everywhere, from lipsticks, lotions, foundations, and sunscreens to a plethora of other products. The question is, why is this what is it exactly? Why is it so popular and most importantly what is it going to do for you skin? Before diving deeper into this topic, it’s vital to know the difference between squalane (spelled with an a) and squalene (spelled with an e).
What’s the Difference?
Our body is fully equipped to moisturize our skin through squalene, a lipid produced naturally by our cells. This compound forms a good 13% of human sebum.
The amount of squalene produced by our body declines with age, peaking during the teens and steadily slowing down in our 20s and 30s. This results in rough, dull and dry skin over the years. External moisturizers are used to make up for what’s missing. This is where squalane comes in.
Squalane is created by hydrogenating squalene to make it more stable. This process works towards making the oil more skin-friendly while also extending its shelf life.
Squalane is a highly versatile product. It has steadily climbed the ladder to international fame because of its incredible moisturizing and hydrating properties. It works well with every skin type and aids in acne prevention.
Squalane is also an adaptogen, which means it can give the skin what it needs at any given time. Talk about a multitasker.
Where Does Squalane Come From?
In addition to being found naturally in human skin and blood, this compound has been sourced from the livers of deep-sea sharks. Squalane can also be found in rice bran, olives, and wheat germ. If you’re an animal lover or a vegan, remember to check out the source before purchasing. (Side Note: We use only olive derived squalane in our products.)
7 Reasons Squalane Is So Good for the Skin
#1 Provides Moisturization and Hydration
Squalane has loads of benefits that work towards making our skin soft, plump, and healthy when applied topically. It is an incredible emollient.
Keeping our skin hydrated boosts the skin’s moisture level and makes it less susceptible to dryness and flare-ups. Squalane is similar to our natural body oil, so it tends to lock in the required moisture for the skin.
#2 Lessens Swelling and Redness
Acne-prone and sensitive skin-type people know the pain of finding products that would not trigger a breakout. The search is over: squalane has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and redness.
Unlike other moisturizers, squalane is clinically proven to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating, even for the most sensitive skin type. It has a soothing effect when applied to the skin. Not only that, but this compound also alleviates itchiness and discomfort.
#3 Avoids Clogging Pores
Squalane is non comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores. This super lightweight compound does not give the skin a greasy look when applied. It is quite similar to the skin’s natural oil, squalene, which makes it easier to absorb. Plus, it is known to improve the skin at the cellular level.
#4 Repairs Oxidative Damage
Like other antioxidants, squalane neutralizes skin damage due to free radicals, which in turn is caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. The antioxidant effect protects the skin’s oil from lipid peroxidation, a process that damages the skin’s pore-lining from where the oil originates. Squalane also helps repair the skin’s vital barrier for added protection from the environment.
#5 Slows The Signs of Aging
As our skin slows down the production of squalene in our early 20s, it is important to look for products that can help fight signs of wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness. Squalane not only restores a healthy amount of moisture to the skin, but it also increases the skin’s elasticity and health, making it glow and appear younger-looking.
#6 Balances Natural Oils
Natural oils produced by our skin stops the skin from drying out. However, extreme seasonal changes, hormonal imbalances, and other environmental factors can lead to the skin producing too much sebum. This leads to extra greasy skin. Good thing squalane hydrates your skin without leading to an overproduction of skin oils.
#7 Helps Reduce Dark Spots
Do you have dark spots that refuse to fade? Try using squalane for a noticeable improvement in your overall skin tone. Aside from removing dark spots and blemishes, this product can help even out your complexion.
To sum it up, squalane (note the spelling) mimics the natural oils produced by our skin. It is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after ingredients in the world of skincare. That’s why when we decided to and add Le Shea (our new body balm) squalane was a must use ingredient. Our commitment to helping you achieve your most moisturized skin requires the most moisturizing ingredients. As with any product, remember to do a patch test for possible allergies. Better safe than sorry, right?