Protection for any skin type
Our product specialist Tash explains the benefits Squalane, a hydrating, soothing and protecting oil for any skin type.
✎ Tash Havos
Contributing writer /
Firstly, it’s no typo – Squalane is different to Squalene. Essentially, Squalane the hydrogenated version of Squalene. This turns the Squalene from an unsaturated oil to a saturated one, extending its shelf life and makes the product less prone to oxidation.
Both substances are a naturally occurring component of human sebum; Squalene accounting for fifteen percent of the total lipid mixture. Although this naturally-occurring oil within our bodies, the beauty industry extracts it from plants – in particular, olives.
Research has shown that Squalane is non-irritating up to 100% of its concentration. For all of its glory, it’s suitable for every skin type. It leaves a non-oily residue due to its ability to sink into the skin almost immediately.
Here are the benefits of Squalane and the things it can do for your skin:
Squalane is the ultimate quick-fix hydrator and moisturiser. It sinks into the skin so fast, is super lightweight in consistency, and leaves skin non-greasy. It can also act as a treatment for any dryness around your eye and lip area that needs repairing.
This is music to the ears of those who suffer from any acute or chronic skin conditions. Unlike other oils or moisturisers, Squalane is clinically proven to be non-irritating, making it a no-brainer for those who suffer from sensitivities.
Non-Comedogenic & Oil Control
I can already hear the sounds of acne-sufferers cringing at the thought of putting any oil on their face. The fact is, Squalane doesn’t clog pores. As it’s naturally found in our sebum, our skin welcomes the hydration, and sinks straight into the dermal layers of the skin without sitting on the surface. This makes it a fantastic option for those who suffer from enlarged pores or oily skin.
Protects UV damaged skin
Now – there is one major catch. This benefit is specific to Squalene only. Due to the lack of double hydrogen bonds, Squalane does not possess antioxidant activity. Squalene on the other hand, naturally defends the skin by creating a photoprotective barrier against the damaging effects of sun exposure.
Despite Squalene’s antioxidant-rich properties, to treat any sort of inflammatory condition you need to be using Squalane. It’s known that acne-prone skin has double the amount of Squalene in the sebum. Any excess would be detrimental to add into your skincare routine. Bottom line: Use Squalane.
There’s no real trick to applying Squalane like other oils. As its incredibly fast-absorbing, it is less likely to interfere with absorption of other products. Personally, if I’m using a heavier moisturiser, I’d use it underneath. In the summer months, my skin needs less, so I will apply it over a hydrating mist or Hyaluronic serum. Another tip: add one or two drops into your makeup for easier application and hydration throughout the day.