Squalane is frequently used in cosmetics and we often call it out as a good moisturizer. But talk about an understatement. This stuff is magical!
Here’s some discoveries we have made about Squalane.
Here is the truth about squalane vs. squalene.
- What’s the difference between squalene and squalane?
Squalene and squalane sound like two sides of the same coin, and, in a way, they are. First discovered in human sebum during the early part of the past century, squalene comprises approximately 12% of sebaceous secretions. Because of this, squalene was considered valuable in skin care but, due to its unsaturated state, was found to be highly unstable when in the presence of oxygen.
Several decades later, squalene from shark liver oil was hydrogenated to form oxygen-stable squalane. Today, squalene and its hydrogenated counterpart, squalane, are obtained largely from olive and other natural oils. Both are excellent lubricants and moisturizers, and are highly compatible with the skin. However, of the two, squalene is highly comedogenic and, therefore, is not recommended for oily or acneic skin.
The first thing to clear up is that squalane and squalene are actually the same thing. Squalane is basically a more stable version of squalene and, therefore, it is squalane that usually shows up in cosmetics. The second thing is that squalane was originally obtained from shark livers and sometimes it still is. The fish-friendly alternative is squalane made from olives. Unfortunately not all cosmetic manufacturers state the provenance of their squalane.
Our TRS Bye-Bye Dry Squalane is derived from olives 🙂
Anyway, the key question is…
Why Does Squalane Work So Well?
Highly refined squalane from olive demonstrates the most notable squalane characteristic: its ability to completely and rapidly penetrate the skin. Apparently, it can permeate into the skin at a rate of 2 mm/second. I can vouch for that. I put a large dollop on my finger and it was completely absorbed (with hardly any rubbing in) within a couple of minutes.
Once absorbed it is doing all manner of helpful things. Squalane is an antioxidant, prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots, promotes cell growth and is antibacterial.
Other studies show that certain carcinogenic chemicals are inactivated when exposed to squalane over a period of time.
Where to find Squalane?
We highly recommend using TRS Bye-Bye Dry Serum, http://www.secure-booker.com/facialbungalow/ShopOnline/Product/1942837/TRS-Bye-Bye-Dry-Squalane.
Derived from the olive, Squalane has a very small molecular structure and penetrates the skin to hydrate and moisturize. This highly refined moisturizing oil boosts the skin’s natural ability to regenerate as it protects from earth’s harsh elements
• Smooths away deep wrinkles
• Provides intense moisturizer