Squalane oil is officially one of the hottest ingredients in skincare and for good reason. It’s miraculous for your skin. Here’s why…
You may have noticed an ingredient causing quite a stir within the beauty industry. It’s not that plant-based Squalane oil is a recent discovery, its more about the fact that it’s more readily available in its pure form.
I also admit, that while products have listed squalene oil in their ingredients list, I didn’t think much about it until Deciem revolutionized the industry by making these types of ingredients (some in single, pure form) readily available to buy at low prices. You can essentially become your own chemist tailoring your ingredients to what your skin needs.
Once I started using it in my little moisture cocktail, I can’t live without it. Ok, so maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but seriously, it hydrates my skin, and nails like none other. And, I slather it all over my lips. Yes, it’s liquid oil, but I love it. I let it sink into my lips and then I apply a natural lip balm with butters to act as my sealer. Game Changer.
What is Squalane Oil?
Squalane oil is a fully-stable, 100 % saturated product from its original form called squalene oil, a polyunsaturated hydrocarbon. The human body produces squalene naturally, which is why it is an amazing hydrator for your skin. To put it simply, it’s super compatible with our skin and bodies. Our body registers and accepts it like it would if produced naturally.
Squalane vs. Squalene
When purchasing this magnificent oil or a product that contains it, be sure it states that it squalane with an “a,” which is created from hydrogenated squalene oil. If squalene oil is not hydrogenated, it will oxidize and be useless. Squalane oil (which is also produced from sharks but is no longer popular in this form) is produced mainly from plants such olive, sugarcane, rice bran and wheat germ.
When looking to buy one (Biossance and The Ordinary have great ones) look for 100% pure product.
Benefits of Squalane Oil?
Because it possesses very similar properties to human sebum and is super compatible with the natural oils present in the skin, it becomes an amazing hydrator. It’s highly emollient and easily absorbed and therefore improves skin’s elasticity and plumpness. Some dermatologists also say that it helps fight bacteria and help regulate excess oil production in your skin.
Instantly, you’ll skin will feel smooth, soft, and hydrated. I can’t say enough great things about it. Throughout the dry winter, my skin is pink in spots, hard to keep moisturized and flakey. But with Squalane Oil, all of these symptoms are gone! It’s a continued part of my moisturizing routine. I apply it right after a serum and before my main moisturizing cream.
Go out and get yourself a bottle. You won’t regret it. You can also use it on nails and hair!
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito