What’s Squalane and Why Should You Care?
The key to beautiful skin is moisture and trying to achieve this with one powerhouse ingredient that delivers hydration and protection might seem impossible, but have you heard of squalane?
What is Squalane?
Let’s clear a few things up and it’s all got to do with an ‘a’ and ‘e’. There’s a big difference between squalane and squalene and it’s not just the spelling. Our body naturally produces squalene but for use in skincare products, the ingredient is harvested from shark liver and should be a no-go zone in any product. Not only is this ingredient harvested from an animal it’s also not a stable ingredient, has a short shelf life, can clog pores and is not suitable for oily skin.
Squalane on the other hand is a plant-based vegan ingredient derived from sugar cane or olives. It doesn’t clog pores, has a long shelf life, is ultra-hydrating and has a weightless feel on the skin. Now that we’ve cleared things up, what exactly is squalane.
A highly versatile fatty molecule that’s estimated to make up to 11% of your skin’s oil. Squalane is a lightweight lipid that absorbs without leaving a greasy residue. It’s a mega hydrator that acts as a barrier to keep moisture locked into your skin, leaving it soft, supple, and plump.
Benefits of Squalane for Skin
Calms inflammation: Helps calm redness and inflammation and is a great option for dry and irritated skin.
Softens the skin: Squalane supports the natural outer barrier of the skin so its great for softening and smoothing skin.
Great for dry skin types: As squalane is non-comedogenic its great for all skin types especially those with dry or irritated skin because it’s lightweight and not greasy.
Locks in hydration: Locks in hydration as it creates a barrier on the skins surface.
Moisturises: It’s great for those with dry or mature skin because of its great moisturising and emollient properties.
Regulates oil production: Since squalane mimics what we naturally produce it can help regulate the amount of sebum the skin makes.
Does Squalane Cause Acne?
Squalane is suitable for all skin types to use, even those with oily skin. Unlike heavy oils, squalane is an incredibly light weight oil that your body already naturally produces so it’s unlikely that it will cause acne.
What Other Ingredients Does It Work Well With?
Sometimes when using oils, you may have noticed that they sit on top of the skin without fully absorbing. To combat this, apply another active ingredient like BHAs, AHAs, PHAs, and retinols straight after squalane or use a product that already combines squalane with active ingredients like a moisturizer infused with squalane.
Hydrating Day Defence with Squalane, Retinol & Macadamia Oil
Can I Use Squalane Everyday?
Plant-based squalane is safe to use daily, morning and night. Side effects of squalane are not common but if you do experience a reaction, cease use and consult a health care professional.