The skincare industry tends to promote some ingredients and make them the must-have ones. That was the case with squalane. This ingredient has quickly gone from under the radar to everyone-must-know-about-it. What is squalane and how it can help your skin? We have all the answers you need.
Our bodies have a system that provides them with moisture, but sometimes not enough hydration especially when you get a bit older. That is why many decide to try external moisturizers, like squalane.
What is Squalane?
First of all, we need to understand the difference between squalane and squalene. Squalene is a molecule that we are born with, but it tends to decrease as we get old. It is a main component of sebum, an oily substance that protects and moisturizes the skin. Squalene makes up 10 to 12% of your skin oil.
On the other hand, squalane is a more stable version of squalene. It is biomimetic, which means it imitates the function of sebum. When in moisturizers squalane is great for keeping skin moisturized.
Where Does Squalane Come From?
Both squalene and squalane can be developed in a few different ways. In the past, squalene was delivered from the livers of sharks. The sharks have a lot of fat in their livers, so they can survive in the deep waters. In fact, squalene was the main ingredient in shark liver oil. Since killing sharks for a beauty product is very cruel, there is another way squalene can be derived.
Squalene can be derived from plants like olives, sugarcane, rice beans, and others. The sugarcane-derived squalene is stable and very effective. Not to mention this type of squalene development can save two million sharks per year.
6 Benefits of Squalane for Skin
It moisturizes the skin
Squalane is an ingredient that will not only moisturize the skin but leave it plump and luminous. Even though it is a lightweight ingredient it serves perfectly as a hydrator, since it is similar to the skin’s own oil.
It reduces the signs of fine lines and wrinkles
Squalane also works as an antioxidant. This means it can reduce those first signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
It controls oil
Since squalane mimics skin’s natural oil, the good thing is that it can also control natural sebum. The skin recognizes squalane as natural oil, therefore it produces less on its own. That is why moisturizers with squalane are recommended for people with oily skin.
I can fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation
A powerful antioxidant such as squalane is can reduce and even fade dark spots on the face and prevent hyperpigmentation. This ingredient works hard on improving the skin’s texture as well. This Gymsegbe Multi-Elite eye cream is enriched with squalane and it will surely repair the skin’s texture, even dark spots, and lines.
It can reduce redness
Squalane will ease the discomfort on the skin and even reduce the signs of redness. It has a gentle effect on the skin, so any concern is minimized.
It soothes skin and eases irritations
Fatty acids are part of squalane as well, so they can help prevent irritation. These fats will also soothe and nourish the skin.