As we move from the warmer to colder months, it's time to not only take out our warm electric blankets but our heavier emollient products too. We're a huge fan of switching up our skincare to adapt with the change in season, so it's only fitting to chat about squalane.
What is squalane?
Now, first things first, lets get the terms correct. Squalene (with an e) is naturally found in our bodies. It is secreted through the sebaceous glands to maintain skin hydration and provide barrier protection. Due to its structure, squalene is prone to instability. Since we, humans, are so clever, we have found a way to make this lipid more stable. How? Through a process called hydrogenation. The change in chemical structure warrants a new name - Squalane, with an a.
Squalane is now more commonly extracted from botanical sources such as olives, wheat germ, sugar cane and other plants.
What does squalane do?
Squalene (with an e) is one of the lipids found in human sebum. It helps lubricate and protect the skin from water loss and any environmental stressors.
As with everything else, as we age, we start to produce less squalene. Then, we say hello squalane (with an a) to topically help our body lubricate and protect itself. It's a natural emollient that helps lock moisture into the skin to prevent dry patches, fine lines and wrinkles.
What are the benefits of squalane?
Pretty much any one can use it. Squalane is a great skin moisturiser for both dry, oily, acne prone, mature skin types.
- It moisturises the skin - Since it's an emollient and also naturally found on the skin, it works like the skin's own oils to help strengthen the skin barrier and restore suppleness.
- Prevents and reduces appearance of fine lines - Dehydration is the first sign of pre-mature aging. Squalane helps the bricks and mortar structure of our skin to prolong a more youthful look and texture.
- Softens the textures of the skin - When the skin is well hydrated and has minimal transepidermal water loss, it has a soft and supple feeling. Since squalane is an emollient, it helps trap water into the skin and avoids dehydration.
- It's non-comedogenic - This is why it's perfect for all skin types. It's light and breathable and doesn't clog up the pores.
- It has antioxidant properties - Squalane can help defend the body against environmental aggressors, like pollution and sun exposure. It helps neutralise damaging free radicals to keep the skin strong, youthful and healthy.
Our splendrous favourites
Nebula Adaptogen Clarity Ampoule
A potent clarifying treatment and gentle glow-enhancing elixir in one. featherlight, fast-absorbing formula specifically designed to help distressed skin prone to acne, blemishes, and excess oil. It contains a bioactive blend which includes Sea Lavender, Ginseng Adaptogens, squalane.
Shea & Squalane Rich Body Butter
Formulated to deeply hydrate and soften the skin. This body butter contains an intense, rich blend of shea, mowrah, mango, exotic pistachio and macadamia oils. This long-lasting, fast absorbing, no greasy body butter gives a smooth appearance while protecting the skin’s health with Squalane and Aloe Extract.
Revitage™ Replenishing Squalane & Argan Oil Serum
This oil serum is 100% organic, pure and chock-full of active botanicals that shakes dry, dehydrated skin back to life. This product rewards the skin with nourishing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.