Ingredient spotlight: squalane

Ingredient spotlight: squalane

Do you faithfully apply your moisturizer twice a day yet still feel like your skin is dry,tight and a bit dull looking?

Between cold weather, spring winds, snow, and dry indoor heat, even layering on your products and moisturizer may not be enough.

You need a powerhouse ingredient that delivers hydration, smooths your skin and protect your skin’s barrier and microbiome.

Enter squalene

Squalene is a colorless poly-unsaturated liquid that’s found naturally in many animals and plants, including human skin and its naturally made oil, sebum.

It’s one of the many natural lipids (oils) your body produces to lubricate and protect your skin.

Squalene is estimated to make up about 10 to 12 percent of your skin’s oil. When you’re young and dealing with oily skin and breakouts, too much sebum can be a problem.

But as you get older, your body makes less of it and has less natural protection against moisture loss.

Less sebum combined with less self made hyaluronic acid and slower skin cell turnover means your skin becomes naturally drier as you get older.

And we’re all getting older.

That’s squalene. What’s squalene?

If you’re a stickler for spelling like I am, you’ve noticed that we’ve been talking about the squalene that naturally occurs in your skin. But the ingredient used in skin care products is squalene. What’s the difference?

Naturally occurring squalene is highly unstable so it’s not good to use in skin care products that are going to be used for more than a day. Squalane is squalene that’s been stabilized through hydrogenation so that’s it’s stable in your skin care products.

Because it mimics your skin’s own natural oils, squalane is a highly effective moisturizer for all skin types, including sensitive and oily skin.

Originally, squalane came from shark livers (horrible on so many levels). Sadly some companies still use animals as a source of squalene.

Not SunWindSnow. We are a dedicated cruelty free company. Hard stop. Non-negotiable.

Happily, squalene also is sourced form olives, sugar cane, or rice.

Monsoon, SunWindSnow’s newest moisturizer comes from olives. You should be able to check the label of a squalene product and find out what the source of squalene is.

Thank goodness.

Here are some of the many benefits of squalane:

 It moisturizes your skin.

Squalane serves as a lightweight moisturizer and leaves your skin hydrated, supple, and luminous. It absorbs quickly. Because it’s so similar to your skin’s own oil, it tends to provide just the right amount of moisture without over (or under) doing it.

It softens your skin’s texture.

Because of its hydrating and antioxidant properties, squalane can help improve the look of your skin’s texture, reduce leathery and dry areas, and give you a  smoother complexion. Over time it can even help to reduce the appearance of pores and other spots on your skin.

It makes fine lines less noticeable.

Squalane nourishes your skin which helps the tone, texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It makes your skin more luminous and gives you a refreshed look.

It soothes your skin and prevents irritation.

Too much sun, wind, or snow? Squalane is soothing. It reduces redness and  irritation and helps your skin barrier repair itself.

It won’t make you break out

Squalene is considered an adaptogen. This means it gives your skin exactly what it needs-not too much or too little oil. It won’t clog your pores or cause break outs. Many people who suffer from acne and breakouts often actually have dry skin. Squalane can help.

It can help fade the look of dark spots.

Squalane has antioxidant properties which means it can brighten and even out your complexion. Including those dark spots.

It’s similar to your own skin’s oil.

Because its makeup is so close to your skin’s own oil, squalane can help you retain the youthful glow that was so natural when you were younger. It works on almost all skin types, including sensitive skin because it’s so closely related to what our bodies produce.

It’s light and breathable.

It’s never greasy and offers moisture without the added heaviness that some oils and products create.

You see, moisturizer seals in the water/moisture in your skin and supports your skin’s natural oils. It keeps your skin from flaking.

If your skin is dry or very dry, try using squalane.

The best way to apply a squalane product like Monsoon Extreme Hydration is to put a light layer on after your serum and before your regular moisturizer. Let the squalane absorb for a moment, the pat on your moisturizer. And, of course, don’t forget your sunscreen if it’s daytime.

You can use squalane on any parts of you that are dry. Think elbows, knees, hands, as well as your face and neck.

You’ll see the results almost immediately-moister, softer, more luminous skin- and they’ll get better over time.

Squalane can also be used on its own as a light but effective moisturizer.



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