Squalane VS Squalene
Squalane? Squalene? These two words look and sound so alike, but what is the difference? Let’s simplify this. Squalene, with an e, is an organic liquid produced by the body and is found in plants, animals, and humans. It’s a natural compound found in our oil glands that helps hydrate and retain moisture in the skin. However, naturally, the production of squalene by the human body significantly declines after age 30. Sadly, this compound of ours we yearn to preserve has an expiration date.
Squalene is a natural lipid found in many animals and plants including human sebum to naturally lubricate and protect our skin. Unfortunately, most products use unethically sourced squalene from shark liver oil.
Squalane is a more stable and much lighter (even good for oily, acne skin) derivative of squalene. Harvested from plant sources like olives, rice bran and wheat germ oil it is an extremely beneficial ingredient to reduce fine lines and dry skin.
Olive derived squalane is more sustainable for the ecosystem, and better for your skin - improving skin elasticity, diminishes age spots and scars, firms the skin and gives you a youthful appearance.
How does Squalene Oil Benefit Skin?
Squalane (or squalene) oil as it occurs naturally is vital for retaining healthy skin. It mimics the oil our skin produces naturally. To get into the nitty gritty, squalane helps replenish moisture by squeezing into spaces between skin cells; this is how it keeps your skin cells intact, moisturized, and sealed. Not only is it a great emollient for combating dryness, wrinkles, and crow’s feet, but has additional benefits for other skin concerns. Squalane oil also contains antioxidant properties that helps target problems such as dark circles and puffiness which makes it a great under eye cream.
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Where does Squalane come from?
You might have heard squalene being associated with sharks. Sounds crazy but, in fact, squalene is also found in high concentrations in shark liver. Yes, our beautiful ocean animals. However, due to ethical reasons, most cosmetic and beauty brands have shifted away from obtaining shark-derived squalene. Now, you can find many plant-derived squalane products such as the Sonage Luster Eye Crème. It especially hydrates the eye area, which is the thinnest and most delicate part of your face, to improve under-eye puffiness, crow’s feet, and dark circles. Plant sourced squalene contains similar properties as shark squalene, delivering the same effective benefits to help combat dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Best skin types for Squalane?
Squalane oil is safe for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin. According to New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Bhanusali, Squalane contains anti-inflammatory properties and is non-comedogenic which makes it a great treatment for calming redness associated with breakouts without clogging pores. Although it contains beneficial antioxidant properties for all skin types, squalane is more widely used as an anti-aging and hydrating treatment.
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How to apply Squalene for eye area?
To maximize your results from Squalane, you can apply it anywhere your skin is experiencing dryness. We highly recommend you apply a serum, focusing on the eye area as it is the thinnest area of skin on your face.