BEAUTY BREAKDOWN: SQUALANE
If you’re looking for your newest skin savior, look no further than squalane. This powerhouse ingredient can work wonders for achieving radiant skin, free of fine lines and wrinkles, which is why it’s the main ingredient in our two facial moisturizers.
Squalane’s awe inducing, skin improving results are just the beginning. The benefits squalane provides to your overall health and wellness will practically have you cheering.
What Is Squalene? Squalene is a natural substance manufactured within our own skin that offers protection and hydration. It can be found in Shark livers as well as olives, rice bran, wheat germ, and palm trees.
In Our System: Squalene is found naturally in the human blood and skin. At birth about 12% of our skin surface is made of squalene. In our mid-to-late twenties, its production begins to decline quite rapidly. And, by 50, production drops to below 5%.
Where Else Does Squalene Come From? Scientists discovered that squalene has existed in organisms since the beginning of life on earth (over 3.5 billion years ago). However, throughout the ages, squalene has most commonly been derived from the livers of the deep sea shark (a prehistoric animal), as fisherman all over became acquainted with squalene’s health benefits.
What’s The Difference Between Squalene and Squalane? Both of these substances are natural components that are found in our skin. The key difference is that squalene is an unstable double molecule with a short shelf life that spoils quickly when exposed to oxygen and is known to clog pores. Squalane on the other hand (a saturated analog of squalene, produced through hydrogenation) is a botanical lipid that is more stable than squalene, with a shelf life of over two years.
Indie Lee Skincare: We use squalane derived from olive oil in our skincare products. All of our squalane is sustainably farmed and cruelty-free.
Success In Skincare: The key to squalane’s topical skincare success is that its molecular structure resembles our own skin’s design. The similarity allows it to penetrate the skin completely and synthesize quickly (2mm per second), so it won’t clog pores or leave a greasy residue behind. It’s also odorless and colorless, which are great properties of a moisturizer.
More Beauty Benefits:
- Squalane feeds important processes in the skin cells so that those cells continue reproducing, ultimately guarding healthy and smooth skin from wrinkles and age spots.
- Squalane intercepts free radicals and prevents them from entering the system, also protecting skin from environmental stressors that lead to premature aging.
- Squalane improves the moisture balance and elasticity to heal chapped and cracked skin.
- Squalane diminishes the production of excess oil, which is a welcome effect among acne sufferers with oily skin.
- Squalane helps diminish allergies, eczema, psoriasis, and post-operative scar tissues.
- Squalane stimulates better blood circulation to rejuvenate skin tone.
Overall Health Benefits Of Squalane: Since up to 60% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream, squalane also plays an important role in your overall health and well-being. Early studies have shown that increased intake, via ingestion of squalene has helped lower the risk of breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. Squalane has also been reported to lower cholesterol levels, protect against the common cold, improve blood circulation and the appearance of varicose veins, and increase overall natural energy.