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Squalane Oil Belongs In Your Skincare Routine - Here’s Why
Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene, which is produced by the sebaceous glands and can only be added to skincare once hydrogen has been added.
As a natural emollient, squalane's main benefit is hydration. It specifically imitates the natural sebum produced by the skin, making it an ideal moisturizer.
Squalane is great for keeping skin moisturized without being sticky or heavy. Since it has the same characteristics as natural face oils, it's less likely to cause irritation.
Research has found squalane contains anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness and itching caused by skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Skin Treatment
Squalane oil is so gentle on the skin that it shouldn’t inflame existing acne and blemishes. It also has antibacterial properties that can fend off bacteria that cause acne.
Working with other antioxidants, squalane can help recover the skin after UV exposure. Dermatologist Dr. Marie Hayag said the oil brings moisture back to sunburned skin.
Skin Damage
Squalane’s antioxidant properties have the ability to improve the look of dark spots on the skin, which creates an overall brighter look to the skin and a clearer complexion.
Squalane oil can be used alongside other skincare products. Dr. Alok Vij told HealthEssentials that it can even aid the effectiveness of some other products.
Other Skincare
It's recommended to apply squalane last in your skincare routine, and it's safe to use twice a day. In the morning, it should be applied before any sunscreen to avoid dilution.