Yup, you heard me right. A natural beauty oil that is completely oil-free.
Everyone’s looking for the best beauty oils that will keep skin hydrated all day without being greasy or clogging pores. On the other hand, there are plenty of skin care products that claim to moisturize but leave your skin dried out after just a few hours.
Squalane oil is a natural oil product that works incredibly on skin. It has a complicated history within the beauty market, which is probably why squalane skin care hasn’t kicked every other moisturizing product out the market. But now it’s looking to be a multi-million dollar industry — it works that well!
What is Squalane?
Squalane is a lipid found naturally in both plant and animal fats. In the past, most squalane oil for skin came from extracting pure squalene (not the same substance as squalane) from shark liver fat and hydrogenating it to produce squalane.
Squalane shark liver oil is the most cost effective way of producing squalane. But now, the particular species of shark used to make squalane skin care is in danger of being hunted to the point of extinction.
Squalane serum from plant-based products, like olive oil or coconut oil, work just as well on our skin — but they’re a lot more expensive to manufacture than shark oil. However, a recent breakthrough in the beauty industry offers the possibility of creating sugar squalane as a renewable alternative.
What Sets Squalane Oil Apart
There’s a reason why so many of even the best skin care products do a mediocre job of moisturizing our skin. Most skin hydrating beauty oils on the market are based in polyunsaturated oils. Unsaturated oils have at least one double bond within their fatty acid chains — and the more double bonds within a fatty acid chain, the less stable the compound will be. Polyunsaturated oils have several double bounds, which makes them even more unstable.
So what does that mean when it comes to skin care? Beauty oils that contain polyunsaturated oil will go rancid when exposed to heat — so they’re actually making your skin age more quickly by oxidizing on your face! Polyunsaturated fats can even cause skin cell damage when exposed to UV rays.
Unlike most other beauty products, pure squalane is a saturated fat. Saturated fats have no double bonds within their fatty acids — only single bonds. This makes saturated fats like squalane much more stable and safe to use than unsaturated fats, like squalene. Squalene in skin care is not very effective, so it will sometimes be converted to squalane oil by undergoing the hydrogenation process.
Benefits of Squalane Oil
If you’re looking for natural skin care that is gentle, non-greasy, and leaves you moisturized all day, look no further than squalane. As soon as you apply a bit of it to your skin, you’ll feel the difference right away. This light beauty oil seeps into your skin without clogging your pores. You won’t believe how soft and moisturized your skin will feel all day.
With squalane, you don’t have to worry if you’re using the best moisturizer for your skin type. Squalane oil is suitable for all skin types — it won’t dry out oily skin or make dry skin greasy. Because it is indeed an oil, some people are turned off by it immediately, thinking that if they use squalane oil, acne will be the outcome.
In fact, squalane skin care can help slow down overactive oil glands. And for those with dry, cracked skin, squalane oil has incredible soothing properties. This makes squalane serum perfect for those suffering from psoriasis or eczema.
Squalane Oil is Here to Stay
Squalane skin care is definitely a hot topic in the beauty industry right now. But unlike a lot of beauty products that come and go, squalane skin oil has been around for a long time. It’s just that so many people are miseducated about it (like using harsh squalene products instead of squalane oil) that it sometimes gets a bad rap. The better we’re able to harness a renewable resource for it, the more accessible it will be.
No matter how you look at it, squalane skin care is here to stay.