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Squalane: A key hydrating ingredient to add to your skincare and haircare routine
Healthy skin is attributed to well hydrated skin which is critical for good barrier function of the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin. Moisturisers are thus key to retain or increase the level of moisture in the skin. Hydrated skin is more elastic, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and is less prone to inflammation and itchiness.
If you have been looking to add a moisturiser to your skincare routine, you are probably aware of the various hydrating ingredients present in moisturisers, but like many, don’t know how they work. One such ingredient is squalane, a popular hydrant found in many moisturisers and sworn by many big skincare brands.
What is squalane?
Squalane is a hydrating oil that is the hydrogenated form of squalene, a polysaturated hydrocarbon that is produced by the skin and found in many plant species as well. Squalane is used in cosmetic and skincare products for its stability and durability along with being less susceptible to oxidation. Squalane is also a lightweight, colourless and odourless emollient that is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores), making it an ideal moisturising ingredient for many skincare products. Moreover, its non-greasy after-feel makes it a suitable ingredient for all skin types.
Benefits of Squalane for the Skin
Squalane is an effective moisturiser that softens dry and irritated skin. It also works as an occlusive on the skin by forming a thin layer in order to prevent moisture loss and effectively repair barrier function. Furthermore, research highlights squalane’s capacity to penetrate the human skin, as well as to increase transport and the absorption of other active substances.
Squalene that is found naturally in the skin, depletes with age. Using skincare products with squalane can help replenish this reserve, thus boosting collagen production that helps skin look firmer. Moreover, the antioxidation properties of squalane can prevent signs of ageing of the skin caused by oxidative damage from exposure to the sun and pollutants.
Benefits of Squalane for the Hair
The magic of Squalane does not end with the skin, but extends to the scalp as well!! Squalane is the ingredient of choice in haircare products like shampoos, conditioners, serums to replenish moisture in the strands making hair less frizzy and increasing the silky texture and shine of the hair, while remaining non-greasy and giving it a healthy look.
Remember, Squalane is naturally sourced:
In the times of sustainability and clean products, squalane emerges as an ideal personal care ingredient due to its availability in nature. The animal sources include shark liver, but plant based squalane is the choice for all cosmetic products! Plant-based squalene can be found in olives and sugarcane, making it a popular vegan ingredient. Upon hydrogenation of squalene, squalane is derived which is then used in skincare products.
Phytosqualane is a clean, vegan product that protects the skin from water loss, UV light, and external irritants, resulting in healthy skin that is radiant with a natural glow.
Let’s use our skin care mindfully….Let’s GoSkin+ve