Squalane and Squalene in skin care. Same thing? Or not? Yes and No. Both are a natural component of human sebum. Sebum is the natural oil found in your own skin. Both are also found in rice bran, wheat germ, olive oil and yuck, shark liver (what do you want to put on your skin, hmm?). Squalene is often derived from sharks for cosmetic use. Particularly in Japanese products. Squalane is derived from squalene. Both do exactly the same thing on and in your skin. So other than the fact that you may not want to use oil derived from a shark, why choose squalane derived from plant sources? Squalene is highly unstable as a cosmetic ingredient. No matter what it is derived from. Shark, rice bran, olive oil, etc. This is because it is a double bond molecule. Meaning a very short shelf life and quick to oxidize or spoil. Squalane is not a double bond molecule, so it is much more stable as a cosmetic ingredient. Squalane has a shelf life of over 2 years and does not oxidize quickly with exposure to air. So, squalane is a derivative of squalene. Squalane has all the great qualities of squalene. And when derived from olive oil is environment and animal friendly. I absolutely prefer to put something on my face that is plant derived rather than animal. How about you? Since plant derived squalane is so similar to the natural squalane in our own skins sebum, our bodies ‘identify’ it as being ‘our own’ . Our naturally occurring moisture. Squalane is also responsible for the synthesis of cholesterol, steroids and vitamin D. And since it is a derivative it is more saturated with the good stuff we want, leaving behind components that we don’t need. Did you know that squalane as a natural oil lipid composes up to 15% of skin fats in the teenage years? Once we enter our 20′s it begins to decline. This can mean pre-mature aging in your 30′s and 40′s. And by the time we are 50 it can be as low as 5%. So not good. This means skin that can be excessively dry. Lipids and fats in the skin are very necessary as they provide a barrier to moisture loss. Squalane is colorless, odorless, tasteless, transparent, stable and homogeneous liquid oil. When applied to the skin directly it is fully absorbed in 2 minutes or less. I have used olive oil on my skin directly and mixed in with my moisturizer. Guess what. The squalane derived from olive oil went into my skin so much faster! It wasn’t greasy at all. Totally absorbed. And when I mix it with my day or night moisturizer it’s amazing. Gives the products I already love the boost I need in the winter and imparts an elegant, creamier texture to them. Using olive oil squalane will super moisturize your skin. Your skin will feel supple, look plumper and wrinkles will be less apparent. There is no real proof that it helps in anti-aging but I have read that it is considered by some to have anti-oxidant properties and is completely non-irritating. Non-irritating in 100% concentration. I can vouch for that. It has never caused me one teeny tiny problem. I want to dip my whole body in it. Squalane is effective not only as a fabulous moisturizer, it is incredible for chapped, dry skin anywhere on the body. As well as skin that has actually cracked from dryness. Think cuticles on your fingers and toes, and those dry winter heels. I just dip a cotton swab in it and drop the squalane into the palm of my hand and mix it with my moisturizer 1 application at a time. You do not need a lot, a couple drops. Play with it until you know what is best for you. If you happen to have an eye dropper, even better.
Mayumi Squalane: One of the best skin lotion on the market! 7 Oils promote calming, soothing, and moisturizing at cellular levels. Skin will absorb quickly without leaving or feeling an oily film. Contains, Squalane (Olive and Sugar Cane), Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9, Hi-Vitamin A, C & E, Panthenol Allantoin, Beta Glutan.