You have heard of aloe vera, and you probably know about hyaluronic acid. You also know the fact that retinol has been one of the buzzwords in the skincare world for a couple of years. But, what do you know what is squalane?
Squalane is a powerful ingredient that will hydrate and repair your skin. While the list of squalane benefits goes on, here is what is so special about this flagship ingredient.
What is squalane?
Squalane is a natural ingredient, derived from scalene from our body. It is one of the most common lipids produced by our skin cells, and it is an important part of our sebum. Namely, there are between 14 and 16% of it in our sebum. It is also a fat-soluble ingredient which is why it can be a part of oil-based skincare.
Squalane is a hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, colorless ingredient that will not irritate your skin, while its texture is soft and it will not clog the pores of your skin. So light, and yet so powerful!
What does squalane do for the skin?
Since squalane is a natural component of sebum, it strengthens the skin barrier and helps the skin to retain moisture. It also helps your skin stay clean of impurities and pollutants. Squalane-based moisturizers are ideal for every skin type, but especially for dry skin.
Squalane is known as an effective antioxidant that fights free radicals or culprits that speed up the process of aging. This magical ingredient penetrates the skin deeply and distributes itself perfectly over the entire surface, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. That’s why squalane is the main ingredient of the FOREO SERUM SERUM SERUM, a micro-capsule infused formula that stays locked beneath the skin longer.
It is also a great ally for unifying the complexion by helping your skin to eliminate imperfections, spots, or scars… Therefore, it is one of the often-used ingredients in anti-stain products and treatments.
Since it is antibacterial, squalane is perfect for skincare for those who have acne-prone or eczema-prone skin. It will purify the skin while regulating excess sebum production.
A hair protector
Using squalane for hair is one of the best things you can do when it comes to hair care. It gives your hair a silky and non-greasy touch while helping to strengthen the hydration of the scalp. Your hair will be revitalized, shiny, and beautiful.
A texture agent
It is often used as a texture agent in many makeup products such as lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, or foundation. It gives a natural finish without oily shining and it makes application of the certain product easier and smoother. Also, the pigments of the makeup product are better-distributed thanks to squalane.
Where can you find squalane?
Fun fact! Squalene is one of the main components of the shark liver and derived squalane is what we are talking about. While there are a lot of less barbaric ways of supplying, many manufacturers still use shark liver as the main source. So, before you start to use a product, do your research and check if the product is cruelty-free.
You can find squalene in olive oil, rice, sugar cane, palm oil, or beets. It is extracted from these veggies and cereals via the process of distillation.
Finally, there is synthetic squalane made during a complex process that relies on the transformation of hydrocarbons to obtain synthetic molecules of squalane.
Your skin will thank you later
This magic worker is definitely an ingredient that is going to be more and more popular in the future due to its inflammatory, anti-aging, hydrating, and many more properties. Include it in your skincare routine and your skin (and hair!) will thank you later.
The perfect ingredient for the Foreo serum, it’s all about hydration
Such an informative article!! I’ll have to try out the Foreo serum!
This article is very helpful, thank you for detaield explanation. As my skin age I started noticing that it is getting very dry and that my skin routine, which mostly consists of hydrating moisutisers does not suit me anymore, I will try with squalane
You’re welcome, dear Ebru. And don’t forget to share results with us. 🙂
I need to get this ingredient into my skincare routine immediately. There are so many serums out there, one ingredient or multi , I get completely lost ….
Hi, hi, Jenna! Thank you for sharing! YES – Squalane is great for your skin. 😀 When it comes to choosing a perfect serum, I would highly recommend our SERUM SERUM SERUM which you can find here: https://www.foreo.com/serum-serum-serum
I had no idea it comes from our body. With age we are producing less and less of those important elements that keep us young so we have to somehow replenish those artificially. It’s awesome that skincare industry and science can do a lot about it ))
Yees! And we hope that we are doing something good about it. Beauty and technology are BFF, so why wouldn’t we use that friendship to improve our skincare? 🙂
So many uses! I love the serum from foreo and it really makes my skin dewy and nourished.
Dear Linda, thanks for the comment! Our Serum Serum Serum will leave your skin G-L-O-W-I-N-G!
I need the FOREO SERUM SERUM SERUM
Looks like i need to update my skincare with this magic squalane ingredient . Seems extremely beneficial. Where was I all this time?