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Squalane has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, but in recent years it has become increasingly popular in the skincare industry due to its numerous benefits for the skin.
In this article, we will explore the benefits of squalane in skincare, with a particular focus on its ability to hydrate the skin and its anti-aging properties.
What is Squalane?
Squalane is a natural, colorless, and odorless oil that is derived from squalene, which is a naturally occurring compound found in the sebum of human skin.
In skincare, squalane is used for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Because it is chemically similar to the sebum that is naturally produced by our skin, it is easily absorbed and can help to strengthen the skin barrier and retain moisture.
This makes squalane a popular ingredient in many moisturizers, serums, and other skincare products.
Squalane vs. Squalene
Squalane and squalene are two similar compounds that are often confused, but they have some key differences.
Squalene is a natural organic compound that is produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin and can also be found in certain foods, such as olive oil and shark liver oil.
As is the case with hyaluronic acid, the amount of squalene produced by the body decreases as we age, leaving the skin dry.
Unfortunately Squalene from plants and animals can be unstable in skin care products.
Squalane, on the other hand, is a hydrogenated form of squalene, which makes it more stable and less prone to oxidation than squalene.
Benefits of Using Squalane in Skincare Products
Squalane is a star ingredient in skincare formulas due to its many benefits for the skin, including its moisturizing and protective power, as well as its anti-aging properties.
Skin Hydration and Elasticity
Squalane is an excellent moisturizer for the skin. It is easily absorbed by the skin and helps to keep it hydrated. It can help to strengthen the skin barrier and retain moisture, which contribute to prevent dryness, flakiness, and other signs of dehydration.
Squalane is an effective and natural antioxidant, which means it can help protect the skin against free radicals and other environmental stressors that can cause premature aging. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and calm the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
Squalane is non-comedogenic, which means it does not clog pores. This makes it a good choice for people with acne-prone or oily skin.
Suitable for All Skin Types
Squalane is well tolerated by all skin types, including sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
It is gentle and non-irritating, making it an ideal ingredient for people with sensitive or reactive skin. It is also known to decrease skin roughness, and therefore is an ally for dry and dehydrated skin.
Squalane in Your Skincare Routine
Overall, squalane is a safe and effective ingredient that offers many benefits for the skin. It can help to keep the skin hydrated, protect it against environmental stressors, and reduce the signs of aging, making it an extremely valuable addition to any skincare routine.
At FEY, you will find squalane in the anti-aging best seller ETERNA, our 3-in-1 anti-aging night cream, designed to repair, hydrate and brighten your skin while you sleep.
Historically, squalane was derived from shark liver oil, which raised environmental concerns due to the impact of shark overfishing on ocean ecosystems.
A second generation of squalane derived from olive (and other sources such as amaranth or rice) brought an environmentally conscious and cruelty-free solution to the skincare industry.
At FEY, we have chosen to source only 100% plant-derived squalane. We use a third generation, highly sustainable, GMO-free, USDA certified 100% biobased sugarcane-derived squalane, produced by bio-fermentation. Clinical tests have shown superior anti-aging benefits such as a 51% reduction in the appearance of wrinkles after 28 days.
Our 29 ingredients, squalane-formulated night cream ETERNA includes a potent complex of hyaluronic acid, Japanese Sophora flower extract, niacinamide (vitamin B3) and vitamin E to offer you the best of anti-aging skincare.
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