It has wonderful benefits for the skin.
Because it is found in our sebaceous secretions, it’s a precursor of cholesterol.
It has an ability to completely and rapidly penetrate our skin.
Studies have found it can permeate into the skin at a rate of around 2 mm/second.
Levels of squalane in our skin peaks in our early 20s, and then declines rapidly, which is why it’s a good idea to ensure it is in your skincare.
The oil is a naturally occuring lipid found in plants such as rice bran, olives and wheat germ.
Or more controversially it is a naturally occuring lipid found in sharks liver oil, which is pronounced squalene.
I prefer to use the plant based in my fomulations, from olives.
PROPERTIES AND USES
Squalane is a light emollient, that contains natural lipids found within our skin, which is why it has such a nice skin feel.
The reason this oil is compatible with our skin’s own natural oils, can be attributed to the fact, that it occurs in human sebum, which is comprised of 25% squalane.
Although it is an integral part of our skins tissues, as we age the levels can reduce quite significantly, which impairs the natural function of our skin.
It is thought that this decline is partly responsible for the ageing process, which is what makes it the perfect ingredient for a mature skin type.
BENEFITS OF SQUALANE
The most notable benefits of this oil is it’s ability to rapidly penetrate the skin’s tissues, this it does on average at a rate of 3mm per second.
Lets have a look at some of the beneficial properties of this wonderful oil:
- It’s an antioxidant, highly stable against oxidation and prevents age spots
- Heals chapped and cracked skin
- It has natural antibacterial properties
- Helps prevent damage from ultra violet rays
- Helps skin retain its natural oils
- Speeds the healing of the skin and promotes cell growth
- Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Relieves dehydrated and ultra-sensitive, skin
- Softens rough-textured skin, leaving no oily residue
- Helpful in counteracting eczema, psoriasis, and post-operative skin
- Helps to boost cellular regeneration and oxygenation
I like to combine it with evening primrose oil, this is because squalane is low in linoleic acid, combining it with EPO gives it an added boost.
This combination leaves the skin hydrated, radiant and positively youthful.
From nature with love x