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Squalane (Squalane): This skin-identical fat makes the skin supple

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INCI: Squalane

Effect/function: skin-identical fat, strengthens the skin barrier

Tolerability: very good (also suitable for acne or rosacea )

What is Squalane?

Squalane (INCI: Squalane ) is a skin-identical fat . It is used as an ingredient in cosmetic products, but can also be used pure.

Squalene (with an “e”), which is very similar to squalane, is found in the skin of every person. However, since squalene is very unstable and would break down immediately, it is converted into squalane through hydrogenation. Squalane is a very stable oil and impresses with skin-friendly and skin-protecting benefits.

Squalane origin

Vegetable squalane (also phytosqualane ) is obtained from olive oil or sugar cane. But be careful: Unfortunately, some cosmetic products also use squalane from shark liver. This is unnecessary and anything but animal-friendly. Sharks are important for the biological balance of the oceans. Without sharks, many species would become extinct.

Squalane effect

Squalane makes the skin supple and soft. It strengthens the skin barrier .

It is a sustainable and natural replacement for mineral oil. And it is low-irritant and is therefore particularly suitable for sensitive, stressed skin that is prone to redness, impurities and dryness. In contrast to typical vegetable oils, it is not only significantly more stable - it is also better at retaining moisture in the skin . In this respect it is as good as mineral oil. Typical plant oils don't retain moisture as well as squalane or caprylic/capric triglyceride (also a skin-identical fat). In contrast to unprocessed vegetable oils such as argan oil, almond oil and the like, squalane does not feed acne bacteria and does not clog the pores. It is also suitable for rosacea .

This is what squalane can do:

  • keeps moisture ideally in your skin

  • makes your skin supple and lets you shine

  • strengthens the skin barrier

  • improves skin elasticity

  • helps compensate for UV damage (does not replace sun protection)

  • reduces lines and wrinkles

  • Has an antioxidant effect: Prevents fat oxidation on the skin, so fewer pimples appear

  • Does not clog pores: suitable for all skin types

  • Penetrates 20 times deeper than other moisture-retaining oils

  • Helps that other active ingredients can be 40 times more effective

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Squalane skin feel

Squalane is a transparent oil. The feel is very different from typical vegetable oils. It is a very light, dry oil and does not leave a greasy film. If you find the oil in your care products, you can assume that the products are well absorbed into your skin.

Enhance make-up with squalane

You can also use squalane to add more glow to your makeup. For example, you can mix mineral makeup with squalane to improve texture.

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Squalane, squalane, squalene: what does what mean?

Squalene: Is a natural component of the skin. Squalene has a very short shelf life and therefore cannot be used as an ingredient in cosmetic products.

Squalane: Is very similar to squalene. However, it has been converted to remain semi-arc for longer.

Squalane: Is the internationally standardized name for squalane according to the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) .

Phytosqualane: This is what squalane is often called to emphasize that it is plant-based squalane and was not obtained from shark liver.

What is the difference between squalane and squalene?

Squalene, which occurs naturally in your skin, has an antioxidant effect, but is unstable. This means: It can break down (oxidize) when it comes into contact with sunlight. This can cause pimples or blackheads. That's why sunscreen protects against blackheads and pimples. ( You can find the right sunscreen for you here .)

To prevent the fat from breaking down (in the bottle or on the skin), squalene is converted into a stable squalane via hydrogenation. Squalane protects your skin from fats oxidizing, for example from blackheads.

This is why it is often said that squalane has an antioxidant effect. More correct would be: It prevents fat oxidation on the skin. In fact, squalene is even more powerful in antioxidants, but it cannot prevent fat oxidation.

If you want a squalane that is richer in antioxidants and vitamins, you can use our Human Glow , which combines the effects of antioxidants, vitamins and squalane in a serum oil.

Products with plant-based squalane

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