Still not-so-secretly hoping to stumble across a magical fountain of youth? Look no further than the oil of an olive. No, we’re not talking about that beloved butter alternative in your pantry. We’re talking about a compound that’s derived from olives, and it’s called squalane. This natural oil is known for its many skin benefits, which include restoring all types of complexions to a soft, supple state. And the hits don’t stop there! So why else is squalane such an amazing skincare ingredient? Let us count the ways…
Squalane is amazing for your skin because…
1. It’s all natural.
And when we say “all natural” we really mean it. Squalane is derived from squalene, which is naturally produced by all humans (and animals). What does this mean for your skin? Well, for starters, it’s a welcome addition to your complexion. Because high concentrations of squalene are naturally found in your skin’s lipids, the body recognizes squalane immediately when it’s applied to the complexion and invites it in to work its magic. This means that, unlike other types of moisturizing agents or creams, squalane doesn’t simply sit on top of the skin, which can contribute to an oily or greasy feeling. Instead, more of it gets absorbed, resulting in a dose of hydration you will surely see and feel in your skin!
2. It’s plant-based.
Way back when, squalane was derived from shark liver, which certainly doesn’t work for most people — whether you love Shark Week or just follow an eco-conscious lifestyle. These days, however, almost all companies are using squalane sourced from olives, which makes it a natural and highly effective, plant-based alternative to many cosmetic moisturizers.
3. It works with all skin types.
Young, mature, dry, oily, just in need of a little pick me up — whatever your skin type, squalane’s powers don’t discriminate. Got blemish trouble? Squalane’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties may also help acne-prone skin. If clogged pores can become an issue for you, it’s important that you pay close attention to the spelling on the label when you shop — closely related squalene is considered highly comedogenic and is not recommended for use on anyone with acne-prone or super oily skin. Squalane, however, is not known to clog pores, and because it’s absorbed right away, it won’t leave a slick residue behind when it’s gently patted onto the skin.
4. It’s multifunctional.
Squalane is known for working wonders on the face, but it doesn’t stop there. The powerful hydrating properties of squalane can be used on any part of the body where dry skin or signs of aging tend to show up. So if dry heels are what ails you, apply some squalane to the dry skin on your feet and cover ‘em with cotton socks before bed to moisturize those heels. Fine lines starting to migrate below the jawline? Squalane can easily be patted on the neck and chest for an added boost of hydration. And it’s not just the skin that benefits — dry, thirsty hair can also get in on the action! To treat dry ends, simply rub a drop or two into your palms and press them into your tips for a boost of moisture and shine.
It’s even more multifunctional when it’s combined with other hydrating, moisturizing ingredients (like Hyaluronic Acid) in the SLMD Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum!
5. It’s hydrating.
Ahh, the many benefits of hydration. Keeping your skin properly hydrated keeps it stronger, healthier, and less apt to developing tiny cracks, which can make your body more prone to harmful toxins and bacteria. Not only does your skin feel better when it stays hydrated, it looks better too. Properly hydrated skin tends to have a plumpness to it, and this can hide signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Win-win indeed.
The hydrating properties of squalane can also benefit anyone with oily skin. Why? Because keeping your skin hydrated prevents the sebaceous glands from overproducing sebum, which often happens when drying ingredients (like alcohol) strip the skin of necessary oils.
Fun fact: The sebum that your body’s sebaceous glands create is made of more than 10% squalane. So you know you’re doing your body good when you add it to your skincare regimen — it’s something your body naturally makes… and needs.
6. It protects your skin.
Not only does squalane protect your skin from fine lines and dryness, it may also provide a little defense from an environmental trigger that almost all of us must contend with on a daily basis: the sun. Or, rather, those UV rays that can lead to burns, hyperpigmentation, and even cancer. One of squalane’s many benefits includes fighting off free radicals, thanks to its antioxidant properties. And preventing free radicals from attacking can lead to healthy, happy skin over time.
The other thing that makes squalane a famed protector is that it locks in moisture by creating a seal on your pores, ensuring helpful ingredients are delivered deep into your skin but preventing crucial moisture from leaving your body. For an added boost, a squalane-based serum or facial oil can help lock in moisture, allow ingredients to penetrate deeper, and protect the surface of your skin. Additionally, squalane has even been known to improve symptoms of eczema thanks to its ability to regenerate skin cells and soothe the surface of otherwise dry skin.
Ready to try out some squalane in your routine?
Check out the SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which features hydrating hyaluronic acid and moisturizing squalane. Together, they deliver a serious dose of moisture and skin plumping hydration.
You can use the SLMD Serum (or anything squalane based) in place of your regular moisturizer or as a step 2.5 after cleansing and treating but before using your heavier moisturizer. Got oily skin? Try using one drop of squalane serum every other night. Got dry skin? Use 1-2 drops of squalane day and/or night to give your thirsty skin a treat.