Is your skin dull, and depleted?
Or maybe it lacks hydration and is feels parched and dry.
If that’s the case it may be time to break out the squalane, with it’s naturally occurring lipids that make up 12% of the oil in your skin – your skin identifies it as it’s own, so it absorbs beautifully.
Even your friends will be using terms like ‘dewy’ to describe you.
So trust us when we tell you – after using this radiance-boosting oil, you’ll struggle to let anything else touch your goddess- y face.
So what exactly is Squalane?
We don’t blame you for asking, as botanicals go it can be a little confusing.
With terms like squalane – the olive derived origin that we prefer to use, and squalene – the sharked derived of all things, which also happens to possess a large amount of squalene.
The latter, of course, is a big no-no in our clean beauty, cruelty-free book.
That aside, Squalane a naturally occurring lipid, has a real affinity with the skin.
The sebaceous secretions are responsible for producing the lovely oil (sebum) that keeps skin soft and supple; The rest, in case you are curious, is wax, triglycerides, fatty acids, and unicorn tears, ok not quite but it sounds intriguing right? All of which helps squalane to naturally integrate within the skin tissues.
The Benefits of squalane
Because squalane is an integral component of our sebum and considered a natural protection agent for the epidermis, after regular application you will begin to see results like lessened lines, a more hydrated appearance, and radiance instead of dullness.
Levels of squalane peak in our early 20s, and then decline rapidly, impairing the natural function of the skin. For this reason, we recommend regularly applying our plant-derived squalane.
If you want to switch things up a bit, you can also find it in large quantities in our barrier restoring bio lipid, which contains a whole host of skin-replenishing ingredients like lovely ceramides and phospholipids.
Offers hydrating properties: If humectants like hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA are a tall glass of water for your skin, that bind and increase water content, then squalane is the lock to that key, keeping water locked against the skin, increasing hydration by occluding the skin and preventing it from escaping.
Improves moisturisation: Squalane’s emollient properties help to ease dry patches and repair an impaired barrier function. The application of squalane softens the skin, the oils affinity with the skin means it penetrates relatively deep, where it breaks down the lamellar structures of the keratinous layer – the tough protective layer of skin, keeping everthing smooth and supple.
An important anti-inflammatory: A study was carried out on squalane involving 20 human participants who suffered from a chronic itching condition, related to kidney disease known as uremic pruritis in 2004.
One-half of the participants applied a gel containing 80 percent water, aloe vera extract, squalane, and vitamin E, twice daily for two weeks. The other participants used nothing at all, after the two weeks of treatment, the participants that used the gel showed significant improvements in redness, inflammation, and itching compared to the control group.
For this reason, we include it in ceramide repair balm along with a number of other barrier repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, for their important skin healing properties.
It is super anti-ageing: Squalane is an antioxidant that naturally occurs in the skin, fighting off free radicals that can lead to premature ageing, helping to reduce fine lines and UV damage. There are some schools of thought that think squalane may also lighten areas of pigmentation, although to date no conclusive studies.
Barrier repairing: The high concentrations of Omegas 3, 6, and 7 work to regenerate skin cells for a supple, smooth, and toned complexion. Combined with high palmitoleic acid levels found in squalane, it replenishes an impaired skin rebuilding the skins protective barrier function.
A natural prebiotic: In the field of dermatology, it is thought that squalane may help to suppress the growth of pathogenic bacteria, supporting microbiome diversity; therefore, rebuilding the delicate microflora that makes up the acid mantle, which is important for skin health.
The naked truth
Let’s quickly recap, and have a look at some of the beneficial properties of this wonderful oil:
- it helps to speed up the healing process of the skin, promoting cellular growth
- naturally found within the skin, the lipids encourage the skin to retain its own natural oils
- an antioxidant, it’s highly stable against oxidation and protecting against environmental damage
- barrier repairing, it is an important emollient that softens rough-textured skin, leaving no oily residue
- an anti-inflammatory, it relieves inflamed and ultra-sensitive skin, helping to counteract conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and post-operative skin
After reading this, if you are anything like us, we can’t wait to reach for a bottle of this liquid gold and start slathering it all over our face
With results like lessened fine lines, a more hydrated overall appearance, and radiance instead of dullness – who can blame us.
Biological activities of squalane: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6253993/
What the heck is squalane:https://www.self.com/story/what-is-squalane-oil-skin-care
Plant sources of squalane: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ija/2018/1829160/
Benefits of squalane: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1526-0968.2004.00175.