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Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

The skin is the largest organ and your body's first defense to your environment. This is why having healthy skin is not only essential for a healthy life but it also enhances beauty. Having healthy skin involves following a skin care ritual that involves moisturizing. For many reasons, moisturizing should not be overlooked because it helps to keep the skin hydrated and also helps to repair the skin constantly. A good amount of moisture in one’s skin is a sure way to reduce the emergence of skin problems. Keeping skin moisturized will help keep skin hydrated and healthy.

The skincare industry in recent times has paid more attention to incorporating the use of natural products into beauty regimen. Natural ingredients with moisturizing, healing, anti-aging properties etc., have played particular roles in this revolution. Squalane oil is not just one of those products but one of the most reliable moisturizing ingredients everyone who seeks to maintain a sustainable skincare regimen should look out for.

Squalane oil is a saturated by-product of Squalene oil. Squalane oil is created only when squalene oil undergoes the hydrogenation process. It is only during the hydrogenation process that squalene is turned from unsaturated oil to saturated and more skin-friendly oil. The difference in both oils lies in the fact that squalene cannot be used for skin care in its raw state unless it undergoes hydrogenation processing in order to become stable and useful to the skin.

There are multiple sources of squalene. In its original state, squalene is present and can be sourced from humans, plants and animals. Naturally, the human body liver produces squalene but as humans begin to age, the body’s natural production of squalene declines. Because of demand in the skin care industry, squalane can be harvested from cruelty free and environmentally friendly plant sources such as olives, sugarcane, and rice bran.

Squalane is tailored to suit all skin types- for dry, oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin; squalane meets your skin needs. Squalane in skincare products serve as a quick absorbing moisturizer which leaves one’s skin not only hydrated and soft, but provides a silky smooth and luxurious feel to the skin. As an antioxidant, it helps to protect the skin from free radicals that can cause age spots and premature aging, and when used overtime, it can help to fade dark pigmentation. Squalane has been known to help in the regulation of excess oil production, making it suitable for people with oily skin. Those with sensitive or acne-prone skin can benefit from squalane's antibacterial properties and gentle non-irritating qualities.

From serving as an powerful emollient to having anti-aging properties and being non-comedogenic, squalane is one of the most amazing skincare ingredients you can have. Getting skincare products that are infused with squalane is a sure way to keep up enviable skin.