Friday 1 April 2022

What The F*** Is Squalane?

Squalane is a derivative of squalene, a powerful natural substance that is found in olives, rice bran, wheat germ and palm trees. Importantly, squalene is also found naturally in our blood and skin, blessing us with protection and hydration. At birth, about 12% of our skin surface is made of squalene. However sadly its production begins to decline rapidly in our mid-to-late twenties. By 50, squalene production drops below 5%. Squalane is derived from squalene through a process called hydrogenation; this process increases its shelf life and makes it more stable.

Squalane is a hero skincare ingredient as it promotes skin elasticity, diminishes age spots and hyper pigmentation and promotes cell regeneration and oxygenation. The free-radical fighter also prevents UV damage, increases skin hydration and locks in moisture. It diminishes the production of excess oil, helps combat skin allergies, eczema, psoriasis and post-operative scar tissues and stimulates better blood circulation to rejuvenate skintone. It is one gorgeous ingredient.

Squalane is highly effective because its molecular structure resembles the skin’s own design, enabling it to completely and rapidly penetrate the skin. It can permeate into the skin at a rate of 2mm per second, so it won’t clog pores or leave a greasy residue behind.

If you want to get a squalane fix, you'll find this hero ingredient in the Indeed Labs Squalane Facial Oil, Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, and Murad Targeted Wrinkle Corrector. The Indeed Labs Squalane Facial Oil (£19.99 is derived 100% from sugarcane, making the ingredient highly stable. The lightweight non-greasy oil is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the skin's moisture balance. The Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial (£45 is perfect for skin that's hungover, overly-parched, or just in need of some serious TLC. It is an overnight mask that is packed with niacinamide, sodium PCA, plant squalane, five forms of ceramides, and omega fatty acids that plump and restore the skin, boosting hydration and correcting uneven tone and texture. Finally, Murad's Targeted Wrinkle Corrector (£70 is an instant skin transformer that works in three ways to fill and blur wrinkles. It firstly fills wrinkles with bioavailable hyaluronic acid, it then boosts elasticity with hexapeptide, and then it prevents future wrinkles with plant squalane.

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