It could be said the ingredient squalane (not to be confused with squalene) is invaluable when it comes to creating the world’s best moisturizers. But, it’s uses are more diverse than just moisturizing (fun fact- you can use squalane oil to remedy split ends!) Read on to learn more about this genuinely fantastic skincare staple.
Squalane and squalene are often mistaken for the same compound because molecularly, they are so similar. Both are lipids found in some vegetable oils and certain fish oils, and both are produced naturally in the human body by sebaceous glands. These glands in the skin are what lubricates the skin and hair.
The significant difference between the two is that squalane is a more saturated derivative of squalene. Since the body’s natural production of squalene decreases over time, squalane is a vital ingredient in quality skin care products. When squalene is no longer as effective in keeping the skin hydrated, squalane steps in to mimic your skin’s own moisture.
Interestingly, traditionally, squalane was sourced from the livers of sharks. But, because of concern for sustainability (it takes approximately 3000 shark livers to produce one ton of squalane) and environmental concerns, other sources such as rice, cane sugar, olive oil, and other vegetable oils are used. (source)
Squalane oil and creams contain antioxidants, helping to fight skin damage from exposure to UV-rays and exposure to pollutants in the environment. Squalane’s antioxidants also help fight free radicals, which can be found in the body, both skin damage and exposure to free radicals can accelerate the aging process in skin cells.
Using products containing squalane regularly can boost collagen production, firming the skin, so it appears younger and healthier. It’s also perfect for all skin types, and it’s noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
As if all that wasn’t enough, squalane also has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and reduce redness and swelling in irritated skin. It is a great topical ingredient to help relieve inflammatory skin conditions such as inflammatory acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
So we hope we’ve educated you a little bit about one of our favorite ingredients, squalane really is a miracle worker. For more information about squalane and its properties, visit our friends at SkinInc.com
You can find squalane in our LaFlore® Live Probiotic Serum Concentrate.