So, what do you know about squalane, other than it’s got a bit of an unusual sounding name?
Pronounced ‘skwey-leen’, squalane is a mighty moisturising product that’s found naturally in our skin and blood, as well as in olives, rice bran, and wheatgerm. It works by mimicking the natural oil in our skin.
While they are both natural substances, they aren’t the same thing.
The skincare product equivalent of squalene, which is actually too unstable to be bottled and turned into a beauty product because it becomes rancid really quickly once it’s exposed to oxygen.
Squalane is created by hydrogenating squalene. This essentially involves turning squalene from an unsaturated oil into a saturated oil.
What’s not to love about squalane?! It’s essentially a dose of the skin’s natural moisturiser that’s been bottled up for you to use to help maintain your squalene levels, as well as generally quench your skin.
What’s more, because it’s a natural moisturiser, you can use it twice a day in an oil, serum or moisturiser form. Plus, you can apply it directly to your face, after water-based treatments and before moisturiser.
One of the biggest benefits, which we alluded to at the start of this post, is that squalane can help replenish the skin’s moisture levels.
But that’s not where the benefits the end. You see, squalane can be used on more than just your skin, it can be used on your hair, as it mimics the hair’s natural sebum too. But that’s not all, you can also use it on your nails and cuticles and to moisturise your lips and the area underneath your eyes.
Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits of using squalane oils, creams and serums:
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Last updated: 15 May 2020