Squalane it has wonderful benefits for the skin.
Why? Because it is naturally found in our sebaceous secretions as a precursor to 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 persecond.
Levels of squalane in our skin peak in our early 20s, and then decline rapidly, which is why it’s a good idea to ensure it is in your skincare products.
The oil is a naturally-occurring lipid found in plants, such as rice bran, olives, and wheat germ.
More controversially, it can be found in shark’s liver oil; this is pronounced squalene.
I prefer to use the plant-based, olive-derived version in my fomulae.
Properties and Uses
The reason this oil is compatible with our skin can be attributed to the fact that it occurs naturally in human sebum, which is comprised of 25% squalane.
Although it is an integral part of our skin’s tissues, the levels can reduce quite significantly as we age; impairing the natural function of our skin.
It is thought that this decline is partly responsible for the ageing process, making it a perfect ingredient for mature skin types.
Benefits of Squalane
The most notable benefits of this oil is its ability to rapidly penetrate the skin’s tissues.
Let’s have a look at some of the beneficial properties of this wonderful oil:
- As an antioxidant, it’s highly stable against oxidation and preventing age spots
- It can heal chapped and cracked skin
- It has natural antibacterial properties
- Helps to prevent damage from ultra violet rays
- Encourages the skin to retain its natural oils
- Speeds up the healing process 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 love to harness its benefits; combining it with evening primrose oil and jojoba. This is because the high concentrations of Omegas 3, 6 and 7 work to regenerate skin cells for a supple, smooth, and toned complexion.
Rich squalane oil replenishes the skin’s essential Palmitoleic Acid levels – a natural, skin-plumping oil that depletes with age – helping to restore the barrier function, and leaving the skin hydrated, radiant, and positively youthful.