Squalane is a rich emollient and is the hydrogenated form of squalene. It is a lipid that is naturally found in the skin and secreted by the sebaceous oil glands. The use of squalene was the topic of controversy due to the fact it was earlier sourced from shark liver, however, most companies today are using plant-based forms of squalene sourced from olives and sugar cane in their products.
So why is it beneficial for the skin?
The emollient is perfect for softening or smoothing the skin as it helps to support the natural outer barrier of the skin.
Calms irritated skin
Squalene is a good option for dry and irritated skin, helping to calm redness and inflammation.
This ingredient is most beneficial for those with dry or mature skin because of its great moisturizing and emollient properties.
Works well with acne
Squalene is non-comedogenic, meaning it works well on skin suffering from acne. Since it mimics what we naturally produce, introducing squalane oil can help regulate the amount of sebum the body makes.
Protects and creates a barrier
It’s perfect for people exposed to harsh environmental factors such as sunburn. This substance is not only known for locking in hydration but also creating a protective barrier on the skin’s surface.
(Contributed by Nikhita H.)