What is squalane?
First of all, you have to differentiate “squalane” from “squalene”. Squalene (with an -e) is a substance that is naturally produced by your body and by the sebaceous glands of your skin. With aging, one’s skin tends to produce less squalene, and this phenomenon is partly responsible for the apparition of lines and wrinkles on the face.
Squalane (with an -a) is a form of squalene that has been hydrogenated in order to be more shelf-stable and easier to use in skincare products.
Initially, squalene was mainly shark-derived (hence its name), as you can find it in great quantity in shark livers. Nowadays, companies tend to avoid as much as possible animal squalene to concentrate their production on plant-derived squalane, extracted from plants such as olive oil, sugarcane, and rice.
What are the skin benefits of squalane?
The main benefit of squalane is that it is an excellent moisturizer. As is it very close to the oil your own skin produces, it balances the natural oils of your skin to help you avoid the “oily skin” effect on your face. The good moisture of the skin has great benefits: it helps to reduce the apparition of lines and wrinkles for an anti-aging effect, it improves skin’s strength and elasticity and it can help to reduce redness and irritations. A regular use of squalane oil in your facial routine can also increase your collagen production. It will help your skin to stay firm.
Squalane oil can also be used for the rest of your body, and in your hair care routine to improve its moisture and shine.
How do you use squalane oil?
Squalane oil is a product that can be used pure. Make sure that the oil you choose does not contain other ingredients than squalane oil, to get the best benefits during your skincare and to avoid additives or chemicals. In order to make the most of your squalane oil, we recommend you the following steps in your skin beauty routine:
1) Cleanse your face, to eliminate all the residues and impurities before putting any product on
2) Tone or exfoliate your skin, to get rid of dead skin
3) Apply your treatment products, if using
4) Apply your serum or hydrating mist, which are liquid and quick to absorb
5) Apply a few drops of squalane oil to your face
6) Apply your moisturizer or your sunscreen if using
7) Apply makeup
You can also use products that already contain squalane oil such as a cream or a moisturizer to save time and narrow down the number of products on your skin. It must be specified that squalane oil is safe to use, including while pregnant.
In your hair care routine, you just have to massage a few drops of squalane oil between your hands and into your hair before showering.
What skin types is squalane good for?
The advantage of this natural product is that it is suitable for all skin types and conditions. Whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive, combination or acne-prone, squalane oil helps the skin to balance its own production of oils to stay moisturized and to alleviate possible discomfort. On top of that, it is a non-comedogenic product, which means that it does not clog pores, it lets the skin free of any obstruction, unlike some other kinds of oils. It is a very good plant-derived product which will accompany you in your new skincare routine.