Yup, you heard me right — an oil-based natural skin care product that is completely oil-free. And it’s about time. Everyone’s looking for a face moisturizer that will keep skin hydrated all day without being greasy or clogging pores. On the other hand, there are plenty of skin care products that claim to moisturize but leave your skin dried out after just a few hours.
The BEST Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Open Pores (And It’s NATURAL!)
Squalane oil is a natural oil product that works incredibly on skin. It has a complicated history within the beauty market, which is probably why squalane skin care hasn’t kicked every other moisturizing product out the market. But now it’s looking to be a multi-million dollar industry — it works that well!
What is Squalane?
Squalane is a lipid found naturally in both plant and animal fats. In the past, most squalane oil came from extracting squalene (not the same substance as squalane) from shark liver fat and hydrogenating it to produce squalane. (We’ll talk more about the importance of the hydrogenation process in a bit.) Using shark fat was the most cost effective way of producing it. But now the particular species of shark used to make squalane is in danger of being hunted to the point of extinction.
Squalane from plant-based products, like olive oil or coconut oil, work just as well on our skin — but they’re a lot more expensive to manufacture than shark oil. However, a recent breakthrough in the beauty industry offers the possibility of created sugar-based squalane as a renewable alternative.
What Sets Squalane Apart
There’s a reason why so many of even the best skin care products do a mediocre job of moisturizing our skin. Most skin hydrating oils on the market are based in polyunsaturated oils. Unsaturated oils have at least one double bond within their fatty acid chains — and the more double bonds within a fatty acid chain, the less stable the compound will be. Polyunsaturated oils have several double bonds, which makes them even more unstable.
So what does that mean when it comes to skin care? Products that contain polyunsaturated oil will go rancid when exposed to heat — so they’re actually making your skin age more quickly by oxidizing on your face! Polyunsaturated fats can even cause skin cell damage when exposed to UV rays.
Unlike most other beauty products, squalane is a saturated fat. Saturated fats have no double bonds within their fatty acids — only single bonds. This makes saturated fats like squalane much more stable and safe to use than unsaturated fats, like squalene. Squalene does not work as well as a skin care product, so it will sometimes undergo the hydrogenation process to convert it to squalane.
Benefits of Squalane
If you’re looking for natural skin care that is gentle, non-greasy and leaves you moisturized all day, look no further than squalane. As soon as you apply a bit of it to your skin, you’ll feel the difference right away. This light oil seeps into your skin without clogging your pores. You won’t believe how soft and moisturized your skin will feel all day.
With squalane, you don’t have to worry if you’re using the best moisturizer for your skin type. Squalane oil is suitable for all skin types — it won’t dry out oily skin or make dry skin greasy. Because it is indeed an oil, some people are turned off by it immediately, thinking that if they use squalane, acne will be the outcome. In fact, squalane can help slow down overactive oil glands. And for those with dry, cracked skin, squalane has incredible soothing properties. This makes squalane perfect for those suffering from psoriasis or eczema.
Not Just a Trend
Squalane skin care is definitely a hot topic in the beauty industry right now. But unlike a lot of beauty products that come and go, squalane has been around for a long time. It’s just that so many people are miseducated about it (like using harsh squalene products instead of squalane) that it sometimes gets a bad rap. The better we’re able to harness a renewable resource for it, the more accessible it will be.
No matter how you look at it, squalane is here to stay.