The Benefits Of Adding Squalane To Your Skincare Routine

Squalene makes up 10-12% of the skin’s natural oils/sebum. It is one of the natural lipids that help to keep the skin hydrated and the oil levels balanced. Research has shown that squalane has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce skin redness and irritation. Unlike hyaluronic acid, which increases skin's water content, squalane is a super hydrator that acts as a barrier to keep moisture locked in, so the skin feels supple and plump for throughout the day.

Benefits of Squalane for Skin:

    • Makes skin soft & supple: Squalane is great for softening and deeply hydrating the skin. It also helps to support the natural outer barrier of the skin.
    • Calms redness & irritation: It is a great option for sensitive, dry and irritated skin, as it has been shown to help calm inflammation.
    • Great for all skin types: Squalane is non-comedogenic, so it can be used for all skin types. Those that suffer from sensitive, dry, or irritated skin will see the most benefits from using squalane on their daily skincare routine, but anyone can benefit from this superstar skincare ingredient.
    • Super hydrator & barrier repair:  This ingredient is known for locking in hydration by creating a protective barrier on the skin's surface while helping repair the barrier for optimal health.
    • Balances oil production: People with oily acne-prone skin would benefit greatly from using squalane in their daily skincare routine. Since it mimics our own natural skin oils, introducing squalane to your skincare program can help regulate the amount of sebum the skin makes. 
    • Anti-aging: This lovely ingredient helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One of the main benefits seems to be that squalene protects the skin against damage from free radicals. When the balance of free radicals is disturbed, it can lead to damage to your cells and accelerate aging, squalane helps to counteract this issue.
    • Antioxidant: Squalene has been identified to have antioxidant properties for the skin due to squalene’s ability to be an oxygen-scavenging agent which in turn helps squalane counteract some of the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. Antioxidants may aid to fight aging by boosting the skin's natural protection from UV rays and free radicals, which are the cause for damage skin cells and damage to the natural collagen structure within the skin. 

That said, squalane as an ingredient is best to be used as part of a moisturizer, as opposed to on its own. Where can you find a moisturizer that also contains squalane? You can find it here. We recommend Poet's Garden Alchemist Drench Day Cream for its high amount of squalane, vitamins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, plus this product is fully vegan/cruelty free, which we love. Over time, using squalane in skincare can reduce scars, reverse UV damage, lighten freckles and erase skin pigmentation, all while fighting free radicals. (Visible results should be seen within 8-12 weeks of using this ingredient regularly into your skin care routine).

Now that you know about the wonderful benefits of this powerhouse ingredient, what are you waiting for? Come shop with us and tell us below what you thought about our Drench Day Cream and this fabulous ingredient. 


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