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You may have heard the buzz surrounding squalane in the beauty world, but do you know exactly what it is or what it's good for? That's where we come in, as we answer all your burning squalane questions.
However in short, it's a very effective emollient for your skin, hair and body locking in moisture and keeping you super hydrated all day long. Find it in a plethora of must-have beauty buys here at Cosmetify.
See our squalane guide to answer your questions like what is squalane and what is squalane derived from.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
Darphin Predermine Sculpting Night Cream
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye
Mimitika Sunscreen Body Spray SPF 30
Mimitika Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Kiehl's Creme De Corps
The Ordinary B Oil
Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil
Hourglass Equilibrium Biomimetic Skin Active Serum
La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum
Valmont Perfecting Powder Cream
Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream
111SKIN Sub Zero De Puffing Eye Duo
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion
La Mer The Moisturising Cool Gel Cream
Murad Prebiotic 4 In 1 MultiCleanser
Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+Collagen Deep Cream
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
The INKEY List C-50 Blemish Night Treatment
Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment
Urban Decay Naked Flushed
La Mer The Hand Treatment
Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
The INKEY List Retinol Serum
The INKEY List Bakuchiol Moisturiser
The INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
The INKEY List Niacinamide
theBalm Plump Your Pucker Lip Gloss
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil
Vapour Beauty Bronzing Powder
The INKEY List Q10 Serum
Amy Jean Brows Concealer
Orveda Eye Unveiler 422
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream
MZ Skin Depuff & Define
ICONIC London Luminous Powder
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% In Squalane
Zelens Body Defence Sunscreen SPF 30
Kiehl's Creme De Corps Dry Body Oil
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder
Caudalie VineActiv Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting
Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation
Green People Age Defy+ 24 Hour Brightening Cream
MZ Skin Rest & Revive
bareMinerals Deluxe Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30
Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night Cream
Caudalie Glycolic Peel
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask
Green People Age Defy+ Cell Enrich Facial Oil
Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Eyeshadow Palette
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Frequently Asked Questions about Squalane products
What is squalane?
Squalane is the stable version of squalene. Squalene is produced naturally in our sebaceous glands. It protects the outer layer of skin and keeps it hydrated. To make squalene more shelf-stable and product friendly it goes through a hydrogenation process to become squalane. This allows it to last longer in cosmetic formulas.
What is squalane derived from?
Squalene can be found in our sebaceous glands, the liver of sharks and plant sources. As plants are the most ethical and environmentally friendly option, most squalane in cosmetics comes from olive oil, sugar cane and rice.
Is squalane good for skin?
Yes, squalane is incredibly nourishing as it imitates our skin’s natural moisture. When used in oils, moisturisers and lotions, squalane can help lock in hydration, calm irritation and improve elasticity. This ensures a youthful, healthy-looking complexion.
Is squalane good for hair?
Not only is squalane a fab skincare ingredient, but it is also utilised in some of our fave hair care products. Squalane adds shine, protects your tresses and reduces heat damage. Basically it is a one stop shop for nourished strands.
Is squalane non-comedogenic?
Squalane is a lightweight ingredient which is non-comedogenic. It balances our natural oil production without clogging pores. This makes it suitable for acne prone skin.
Who can use squalane?
Squalene is naturally found in our skin, so it is unlikely that the stable squalane by-product will cause any irritation. This makes it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help calm and soothe.
However, if you have sensitivities from eczema or other skin conditions, it is important to carry out a small patch test before using any new products.
What ingredients go well with squalane?
Squalane locks moistures in, so it works well with ingredients that help boost hydration. Think active ingredients, moisture-boosting essential oils and plant extracts.
Where can I find squalane beauty products?
Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor