What is Squalane?
Squalane is a very interesting skincare ingredient. Squalane is a light oil called an emollient which is a type of compound that works like your skin’s own oil called sebum to help prevent moisture loss. In the world of chemistry, it is labelled as a hydrocarbon and skin-friendly hydrocarbons include petrolatum and mineral oils so if you wish to avoid these then squalane oil is a good alternative.
What’s the difference between squalane and squalene?
Squalene is an oil that is naturally produced in our skin. Unfortunately, its production declines with age with production slowing down by mid-30s. Squalene is not only made by us, it is found in olives, sugar cane, rice bran and is also found in shark livers. Both animal and plant squalene are too unstable to be used in skincare products. This light oil turns rancid very quickly.
Before squalene is used in skincare, it undergoes a process called hydrogenation which turns squalene into squalane (with an a) which is very stable, increases its shelf-life and makes the product skin-friendly. The squalane used these days is a vegan product usually derived from olives.
Squalane and its benefits for skin
Squalane oil has superb moisturising benefits for skin and additionally it is an oil-soluble antioxidant which means that it works not only to moisturise skin but protects skin from damaging radicals that are produced when skin is exposed to UV radiation which occurs daily. As mentioned earlier, squalene production declines with age and so squalane can take its place instead and offer the same protection.
Squalane’s sebum-like feel means it can moisturise skin to keep is soft to touch, however unlike too much sebum, its lightweight feel means that it does not feel greasy, nor does it clog pores. And another plus is that skin recognises squalane like it does ceramides and cholesterol, where it works to help repair the skin’s barrier, which can help to keep skin looking hydrated, younger, and less reactive. Squalane’s resemblance to squalene means that it is highly unlikely to irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction.
Garden of Wisdom 100% Pure Squalane Oil is obtained using a method of extraction that provides a super-light, non-greasy oil that deeply hydrates without clogging pores.
How to use Squalane oil
Caring for skin is not about one single ingredient because skin is composed in simple terms of water and oil, so you need to hydrate and moisturise it. Additionally, there are other components such as peptides, collagen, ceramides and numerous other compounds within skin, so it is best to blend squalane face oil with other helpful compounds such as retinol, peptides, vitamin C as well as other moisturisers such as shea butter. One pump of squalane oil can be added to, for example, Fulvic Face Cream or your favourite face cream to not only provide additional benefits but to also moisturise dry and very dry skin. Squalane can be added to your cleanser to prevent it stripping skin of its natural oils.
Squalane is also an excellent addition to your favourite body lotion such as Fulvic Body Lotion to restore suppleness to skin.
Squalane is not only about face and body. You can apply the oil to your hair to moisturise dry hair helping to prevent breakage. Place a few drops of squalane and massage into your hair or onto the scalp to address a dry & irritated scalp.
As your body produces less squalene as you age, dry skin and dry hair become more common concerns. Natural ingredients such as Squalane Oil mimic sebum and so help to moisturise skin without irritation.
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