Is your skin dull and depleted?
Or maybe it lacks hydration and feels parched and dry?
If that’s the case, it may be time to break out the squalane.
With its naturally-occurring lipids that make up 12% of the oil in your skin, your skin identifies it as its own, absorbing it beautifully.
Even your friends will use 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-like face.
So, what exactly is squalane?
We don’t blame you for the asking; as botanicals go, it can be a little confusing.
With terms like squalane, we prefer to use the olive-derived origin; squalene, the shark-derived derivative, also possesses a large amount of squalene.
The latter, of course, is a big no-no in our clean, beautiful, cruelty-free book.
That aside, squalane, a naturally occurring lipid, has a natural affinity with the skin.
The sebaceous secretions are responsible for producing the lovely oil (sebum) that keeps skin soft and supple.
The rest, if you are curious, is wax, triglycerides, fatty acids, and unicorn tears – ok, not quite, but it sounds intriguing, right?
All of which help squalane to integrate within the skin tissues naturally.
The benefits of squalane
Because squalane is an integral component of our sebum and is considered a natural protection agent for the epidermis, you will begin to see results after regular application like lessened lines and a more hydrated appearance – radiance instead of dullness.
Levels of squalane peak in our early 20s and then decline rapidly, impairing the skin’s natural function. For this reason, we recommend regularly applying our plant-derived squalane.
Suppose you want to switch things up a bit. In that case, you can also find it in large quantities in our barrier-restoring Bio Lipid Complex, 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, which binds and increases 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 squalane application softens the skin. The oil’s affinity with the skin means it penetrates relatively deep, breaking down the keratinous layer’s lamellar structures – the tough, protective layer of skin, keeping everything smooth and supple.
A significant anti-inflammatory: A study was carried out on squalane in 2004, involving 20 human participants who suffered from a chronic itching condition related to kidney disease, known as uremic pruritis.
One-half of the participants applied a gel containing 80 per cent water, aloe vera extract, squalane, and vitamin E, twice daily for two weeks, while the other participants used nothing at all. After the two weeks of treatment, the gel participants showed significant improvements in redness, inflammation, and itching compared to the control group.
For this reason, we include it in Ceramide Repair Balm and several 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. Some schools of thought think squalane may also lighten pigmentation areas, although, to date, there have been 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 blemished skin, rebuilding the skin’s 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 essential for skin health.
To conclude. The naked truth
Let’s quickly recap and have a look at some of the beneficial properties of this beautiful 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 natural oils
- an antioxidant, it’s highly stable against oxidation and protects against environmental damage
- barrier repairing, it is a crucial 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.
2 thoughts on “Squalane Made from Olives”
I’M confused!! is squalene made from olives or shark
Hi there this article explains it really well for you, hope it helps http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Formulation-Science/Squalane-versus-squalene-are-you-aware-of-what-you-may-be-paying-for..regards Samantha