What is Squalane Oil?
Squalane/squalene oil is a natural moisturizer that can be found in both plants and animals and in fact, humans naturally have squalene in their skin. Squalene makes up about 12% of human sebum (Ref: link).
What is sebum?
Sebum is a mixture of lipids and waxes that our skin produces to protect it from the environment. As we age, we lose some of the sebum that our skin produces, which can lead to drier, less elastic skin. Squalane oil may help to replenish the sebum that our skin loses as we age.
What is the difference between squalane and squalene oil?
Squalane oil and squalene oil are both natural moisturizers, but they come from different sources. Squalane oil is a type of lipid that is derived from plants, while squalene oil is a type of lipid that is typically derived from animals and is what humans produce. Squalane is derived from plants, typically olives, and then refined to create an oil that is similar in molecular structure to human sebum. Both oils are beneficial for the skin, but squalane oil is also more stable than squalene oil and therefore, has a longer shelf life.
Squalane is derived from plants, typically olives, and then refined to create an oil that is similar in molecular structure to human sebum. This makes it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin as it is non-irritating.
- Squalane oil is a natural and non-toxic oil that has numerous benefits for the skin.
- Squalane oil can help to moisturize the skin.
- Squalane oil can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Squalane oil can help to improve the skin's elasticity.
Recent studies have shown that squalane oil has many other benefits for the skin, including: reducing wrinkles, protecting against UV radiation, fighting acne, and more!
Will Squalane clog pores?
No, squalane will not clog pores; it's non-comedogenic, meaning it will not cause blackheads or other types of acne. Although it's often derived from olives, it is different than applying olive oil to your skin. Refined olive oil has a larger molecular weight, which gives it a thicker consistency and makes it feel heavier on the skin. Olive-derived squalane is made of smaller molecules that mimic our skin's natural sebum. This molecular weight helps it to easily absorb into the skin, rather than sitting on top of the skin. It's comedogenic ratins is 0-1, and anything 2 and under is broadly considered non-comedogenic.
In fact, it can actually help to reduce the appearance of pores and improve the overall texture of your skin, including clearing up existing acne. Because squalane contains anti-inflammatory properties, it can be beneficial for anyone who suffers from skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, as well as those with sensitive skin. The oil can help to soothe and calm the skin while helping to reduce inflammation.
How do I use squalane?
Since squalane is light and fast-absorbing, it can be used on its own as a moisturizer or added to your favorite skincare products. Our Morning Dew Face Oil contains squalane oil, as well as rosehip and jojoba oil.