Squalane is a skin-identical ingredient, meaning it’s already present in the human body. This is why it’s so well-tolerated and well-absorbed when formulated into skincare products. Known for its incredible hydrating abilities, squalane is a powerful moisturiser and emollient, meaning it locks moisture in, prevents water loss, and keeps the skin soft and supple.
Why is Squalene such an important skincare ingredient?
Squalane makes up around 10% of our skin’s natural sebum, oils produced by the sebaceous glands that perform a host of important functions for protecting and repairing the skin. As we age, our natural production of squalane slows, so applying topically is a great way to help plump and hydrate the skin. It also has antioxidant properties, which help to defend the skin against free radical damage generated from environmental factors like UV exposure and pollution.
What’s the difference between squalene and squalane?
Although it often comes in oil form, squalane is lightweight and non-greasy. The ingredient will be listed as either squalane or squalene. Both are efficacious, but squalane is much lighter in consistency so is a great option for oily or congested skin types. Squalene, on the other hand, is better suited to dry or mature skins.
How can I incorporate Squalene into my regime?
Squalane is commonly found in serum and cream formulations in combination with other active ingredients to enhance their benefits such as algae, hyaluronic acid, retinol and Vitamin C. This ingredient can also be easily incorporated into your routine by adding a few drops of pure squalane into your moisturiser for a supercharged dose of hydration.
Squalene can be used after, or with your serums, depending on your preference. If your skin is feeling particularly devitalised, or if you’ve been exposed to central heating or prolonged periods of stress, applying it in the evenings will allow it to really infuse overnight, supporting your skin’s own processes of healing and regeneration as you sleep.