Squalane: What is it and why is it in my skincare products?

You’ve probably heard YouTubers and beauty influencers mention squalene or squalane when they read the ingredients in their latest skincare find. What is it though? What does it do? Why do people love it so much?

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What is squalene and where does it come from?

There is Squalene in your own sebum actually. About 10-12% of your natural skin oil is Squalene. It is a natural emollient that seals in moisture and protects your skin from the elements.

Squalene was originally derived from shark liver oil but that has been abandoned. These days will most likely be made from olives. There are a few other alternatives like rice bran, wheat germ, sugar cane or amaranth seed oils but nine times out of ten it will be olives.

Now, I’ve mentioned SqualEne but what is SqualAne. Squalene is the base product. The naturally sourced plant version can be quite unstable and go off very quickly through oxidation. That is why it is hydrogenated (combined with hydrogen) to stabilise it and make it lighter. Squalene can also clog pores but lighter Squalane is non-comedogenic and this is what you will find in your skincare products.

What are the benefits of Squalane?

  1. It is a natural emollient that locks moisture into the skin.
  2. Like your own sebum, squalane has anti-microbial properties.
  3. It balances our own oil production which makes it excellent for naturally oily and acne prone skin.
  4. It is an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radical and environmental damage.
  5. It is non-greasy and excellent for acne prone skin because it so closely resembles our natural oils.
  6. It softens and smooths the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our own natural Squalene depletes as we get older leaving skin drier and more prone to wrinkling.
  7. It boosts blood circulation which will support collagen production to firm the skin while providing it with fresh nutrients and oxygen for a healthy glow.
  8. It has anti-inflammatory properties and does not irritate sensitive skin so it is used to treat skin conditions like eczema.
  9. It very rarely causes allergic reactions, again, because it so closely resembles our own sebum
  10. It is easily absorbed and incorporated into the skin.
  11. It helps other skincare ingredients to be absorbed more easily.
  12. It does not chemically interact with other ingredients.
  13. Squalane helps to heal wounds and reduce scarring.

So, what are some of the best uses for Squalane oil?

  1. Use it to help the active ingredients in your serums penetrate and to seal in moisture. Simply apply a few drops of Squalane to your hands and press it into your skin after applying your serums to help them sink in.
  2. For a dewy finish, add a drop of Squalane oil to your foundation.
  3. Use a few drops on a dry or irritated scalp to soothe itching and dandruff.
  4. Use squalane oil to soothe your skin after a day in the sun. Apply the oil to sunburned skin to reduce redness and inflammation as well as provide healing moisture.
  5. Apply a few drops of squalane oil to dry or cracked lips to moisturise them. Works very well if you apply it before bed. Just smear the stuff all over your face and go to bed.
  6. If you are struggling with a rash or eczema, try some squalane oil as a non irritating moisturiser. 100% natural squalane oil does not have any fragrance or colour added so check your labels before you buy.
  7. Soothe dry hands and cuticles. Apply squalane oil to your hands and cuticles when they look a bit shabby. It’s a great oil to use during a manicure as well. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue that can lift your nail polish.
  8. Smooth out rough or cracked heels. You know we are coming into sandal season. Soften and smooth cracked heels by applying squalane oil to your feet at night. Cover with socks and go to bed!
  9. Smooth down flyaways and frizz. Apply a drop of squalane to your hands and smooth it over your hair to tame frizz without making your hair greasy like heavier oils.
  10. As an after shave treatment for both your legs and your man’s face. Squalane penetrates a little too quickly for me to use it as a shaving oil. It works better as an after shave balm especially on my underarms or bikini area. It reduces redness and prevents ingrown hair very nicely. For men, it helps to soften the beard before shaving and it prevents irritation and razor burn.

Squalane products that won’t break the bank!

There are some seriously expensive squalane products out there. They are great, I have to problem with high end products. However, and this is a big one, you can buy 100% natural squalane and add it to your cosmetics with wonderful results. You don’t have to pay a fortune for a brand name.

The Ordinary: 100% Plant-Derived Squalane 30ml

“A Lightweight Plant-Derived Solution to Support Healthy Hydration. Slightly oil like in its consistency but never greasy – our squalane is an exceptional emollient and skin softener. Use on its own as a substitute non-comedogenic moisturiser or boost your hydration routine with a squalane pre-moisturise.


Facetheory Squalane Oil O7 (100ml)

100% Pure Vegan Olive Squalane –
“An exceptional hydrator. Slightly oil like in its consistency but never greasy – our squalane is an exceptional emollient and skin softener. Use on its own as a substitute non-comedogenic moisturiser or boost your hydration routine with a squalane pre-moisturise. ”


Naturals Best Squalane Oil 30ml

100% Pure Olive Oil Squalane Oleic
Restores Skin Elasticity – Cold Pressed – Suitable for Vegans
Reduce fine lines and wrinkles with our pure organic squalane oil. It absorbs at superfast speed replicating the molecular structure of our skin. It leaves no oily or greasy residue, does not clog pores and leaves only soft, plump and dewy skin


Mayumi Squalene Ultra Fine Oil 33 ml

Squalene Skin Oil penetrates deep into the skin to help accelerate new cell growth, quiet skin, heal burns, protect from the elements, and soothe shaving irritations.


Botanical Beauty Italian Squalane Oil – 120ml

Non greasy, 100% Ultra-Pure, 100% Natural. Promotes skin elasticity, helps to diminish age spots, and boosts cell oxygenation. Ideal for all skin types. Healthy, beautiful skincare year round.


Squalane me up Scotty! There are a few trends as far as ingredients go that warrant a bit of investigation. I’m going to look into some of them and write more about them. Things like Hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide. Stay tuned!

Be your gorgeous self always!

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