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What the Heck Is Squalane Oil and Why Is It Suddenly in All My Skin-Care Products?
Maybe you’ve been missing out, but it feels like you just woke up one day and suddenly everything had squalane oil in it: doesn’t it? Products containing squalane often tout benefits related to moisturizing the skin, managing stubborn acne, and sometimes even antioxidant properties. So, what the heck is squalane oil and should I be slathering it on my face like everyone else?
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What is squalane oil?
The first thing to know about squalane is that it’s a hydrogenated version of squalene, a compound produced naturally by our sebaceous glands. The hydrogenation process makes squalane more shelf-stable than squalene and, therefore, easier to use in skin-care products.
The sebaceous glands are responsible for producing sebum, which is a cocktail of wax esters, triglycerides, and squalene. Together, these things create a protective coating on top of the stratum carenum, the protective outer layer of skin. Sebum helps moisturize the outer layer of skin and keep that barrier intact.
Oh and, uh, maybe you’ve heard something about squalane and sharks? In fact, squalene is also found in high amounts in shark livers, which is traditionally where we got squalene (and squalane) from. Thankfully, most major companies have shifted away from using shark-derived squalane and it’s unlikely you’ll find it on the market in the U.S. Instead, many companies now get their squalane from plant sources, such as olive oil.
On its own, squalane doesn’t feel greasy and acts like an emollient when applied to the skin. That means that it can squeeze into the spaces between skin cells and make your face feel smoother. In doing so, it can also help keep moisture in your face by sealing that outer layer tight without being too heavy or occlusive
- It can effectively slow down the signs of ageing in your skin.
Who will get the most out of using squalane?
Those with dry or combination skin who are looking to add a lightweight moisturizer may From what we do know about squalane, it would be great as a moisturizing ingredient, because of the fact that its such a strong lipid, it helps lock moisture into the skin.
Research suggests that squalane is very unlikely to be an irritant, so it’s an attractive option for those with sensitive skin.
Squalane is a great skin moisturizer. It’s natural emollients, so it locks moisture into your skin, helps prevent fine lines, and ease dry patches. Squalene is helpful for extra-dry or mature skin and great for acne-prone or oily skin, when used cautiously.
- Looking for a moisturizer that is non-tacky but still does what it promises? Squa-La-Land is your newest best friend, and it's full of hydrating, moisture-locking ingredients like olive oil derived squalane, lavender oil, and glycerin.
- Because squalane is such a hydrating ingredient, it makes sense that it would be included our range of products. Our hydrating serum with additional lavender oil and glycerin help round out the hydrating effects, and a stable form of Squalane derived from Olive Oil, lets you wake up with glowing, happy-looking skin.
- Squalane is an admitted favourite ingredient for many celebrities and skin care experts around the world.
The Subtle Yet Significant Difference Between Squalane and Squalene in Skin Care:
- Squalene (with an “e”) is a lipid produced naturally by your own skin cells. But the amount of squalene your body produces declines with age.
- Peak production of this natural moisturizer occurs in the teen years, with production slowing down in your 20s or 30s. As a result, your skin becomes drier and rougher.
- Squalene isn’t only natural in humans. The moisturizer is naturally present in olives, rice bran, and sugarcane. It’s also found and harvested from shark livers.
- Animal and plant squalene is too unstable to be used in skin care products. When exposed to oxygen, it can become rancid and spoil quickly.
- Before it can be used in skin care products, squalene must be hydrogenated into squalane (with an “a”), which is a stable form of the molecule.
- Hydrogenation is the process of converting squalene from an unsaturated oil to a saturated oil (squalane). Hydrogenation makes the oil more skin-friendly and helps increase its shelf life.
- Because of its well-documented emollient properties, people with dry and/or mature skin can especially benefit from using squalane, though it can really benefit all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
- Additionally, since it works to naturally seal in moisture, squalane can aid in skin-care problems wherein the skin barrier is disrupted and transepidermal water loss is an issue. These include things like eczema, acne, and even psoriasis.
Skin benefits of squalane
Hydrated skin is healthy skin. So, when applied topically, squalane has tremendous benefits.
- Boosting hydration can help your skin appear more vibrant and healthier. The antioxidants in these oils and creams also fight skin damage and free radicals, which can both accelerate the ageing process.
- Squalane is also a detoxifier.
- Regular use can boost collagen production, resulting in firmer skin.
As your body produces less and less squalene, dry skin can become a normal occurrence. However, natural skin care ingredients mimicking your body’s natural sebum can boost hydration and increase your moisture level. This can result in healthier-looking skin and hair and help improve a variety of skin conditions.
Squalane used in our product is a highly-effective emollient and natural antioxidant. Historically, they’ve been used in the medical field to treat wounds and skin problems.
- Squalane in skincare can reduce wrinkles, eliminate scars, reverse UV damage, lighten freckles and erase skin pigmentation, all while fighting free radicals. On some people it can even be used as a spot treatment.
- The skin readily receives the serum and while it does provide superior hydration, it’s lightweight enough for all skin types and will never feel heavy or greasy on the skin.
- Because its molecular structure is so close to the skin’s own, squalane oil penetrates deep into the pores where it targets your skin care concerns at a cellular level.
Squalane oil fights off skin-damaging free radicals that contribute to the signs of ageing. It balances oil production, providing just enough moisture to keep the skin clear and healthy.
Squalane oil also has powerful anti-aging properties and will help the skin age gracefully as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to help with skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Last, but not least, squalane oil helps to boost blood circulation, which promotes the formation of collagen for firmer, plumper skin and an instant skin glow!
Squalane for acne or oily skin:
If you have acne-prone or oily skin, using the wrong skin care products can trigger a breakout or worsen blemishes. Squalane, however, is safe for all skin types.
It’s an excellent alternative if other oils are too heavy or greasy for your skin. Despite being an oil, it’s lightweight and noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores.
- It deeply penetrates pores and improves skin at the cellular level, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
According to proven research, squalane has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness and swelling. Helps heal allergies.
Direction of use: While squalane won’t clog your pores, natural skin oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria can. So before applying squalane to your face, use a gentle cleanser to clean out your pores. Also, exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells.
- Squalane is great for eczema.
Squalane also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can soothe a variety of inflammatory skin problems. These include:
- inflammatory acne
Dry skin is a symptom of these skin conditions. However, keeping your skin hydrated can boost your moisture level, reducing flare-ups and dry patches.
- Locks in weightless moisture
- Calms and protects
- Improves elasticity
- Balances oil production without clogging pores
WHAT MAKES OUR SQUALANE BETTER?
We make our squalane using ethically and sustainably sourced olive oil. For years, some companies used shark’s liver. Many have since switched to olives, but crop variability and natural occurring impurities can make the end result unpredictable, both in terms of quality and availability. AULI’s shelf-stable, 100% vegan squalane is consistent and reliable making it nature’s best moisturiser for you and the planet.
Do a patch test with your squalane:
For those with sensitive skin, while it is not thought to be particularly irritating, it is always important to be cautious when starting new products to make sure your skin can tolerate it.
With any skin care product, there’s a risk of irritation or an allergic reaction — even when a product is determined safe. If you’re using squalane for the first time, don’t apply over a large area of your body. Test the essence on a patch of skin like your inner arm to ensure you aren’t allergic to it. Signs of an allergic reaction include:
Be mindful of the environment. Use squalane derived from plants, not sharks.
Also, be mindful of the environmental impact of squalane. Squalene can be harvested from the liver of sharks, which isn’t environmentally friendly or sustainable.
When shopping for squalane, look specifically for oils that are 100% plant-derived. AULI uses squalane from plants, not sharks. Oil derived from plants is CRUELTY FREE and sustainable.
Our Squalane Saves Sharks Every Year!!!
Our 100% plant-derived squalane is ethically and sustainably sourced, keeping sharks safe from liver harvesting.
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