What is squalane? It is an oil-free, moisturizing molecule with antioxidant properties. Previously derived from shark livers, squalane now originates from plant sources, such as olives, rice bran, or sugarcane.
What does it do for skin? This moisturizing ingredient helps to improve smoothness and suppleness and support a healthy skin barrier. Squalane can also be found in hair-care products, where it offers the same moisturizing benefits.
How does squalane work? Squalane is an emollient that is very similar to squalene, which is naturally found on the skin, so it is well tolerated and utilized by the skin and hair.
How do I use it? Squalane is often found in moisturizers or serums that are designed to moisturize the skin. Use as directed.
What can I pair it with? Squalane can be part of any skincare routine, including for those with sensitive, oily, or blemish-prone skin.
Anything I shouldn’t pair it with? No. Squalane is well-tolerated by the skin and hair and does not negatively interact with other skincare ingredients. If the formula is 100% squalane, the recommendation would be to use it as a last step (before sunscreen) because if used first, other products might have a more difficult time absorbing.
Establish a routine. Once you find the right formula for your skin, use it consistently to see results.
Layer on a moisturizer. This essential step nurtures and balances skin so it doesn’t overproduce oil. Plus, it seals in hydration.
Say yes to SPF. Protect your skin against harmful UV rays every single day—it’s a crucial part of a healthy routine.