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Squalane is a shelf-stable version of a moisturizer your skin makes naturally. High in antioxidants and low in drawbacks, Squalane helps hydrate and keep the free radical damage that causes sun damage and age spots at bay. Because squalane helps moisturize in a way that mimics skin’s own processes it is ideal for repairing any damage to your natural skin barrier.

So What Is Squalane and How Does It Benefit the Skin?

Derived from plant oils such as olives, rice bran and sugarcane, squalane is a highly versatile vegan emollient that protects and hydrates the skin. Thanks to its ability to naturally seal in moisture, it can also aid in preventing the skin concerns caused when the skin barrier is disrupted,things like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Some reasons to be excited about vegan squalane:

  • Because it mimics skin’s natural moisturizers, the skin instantly recognizes it and knows how best to use it.
  • It helps protect against damage caused by UV light.
  • It’s plant-based and sustainably sourced.
  • It works to prevent moisture loss and restore suppleness.
  • It’s an oil-soluble antioxidant that teams up with other antioxidants to protect and repair the skin’s barrier.

Squalane’s antioxidant benefit also helps protect the skin’s oil from lipid peroxidation, a process that doesn’t just diminish your skin’s lipids, but can also damage the skin’s surface and deeper into the pore lining.

And while it is a highly exceptional moisturizer, it’s surprisingly lightweight and non-greasy, which leads us to the next question.

Is Squalane Safe for Sensitive Skin?

Because of its lightweight nature, squalane is not only perfect for sensitive skin but every (you read that right) every skin type. It’s also odorless and unlikely to irritate skin or trigger an allergic reaction.

How To Use Squalane

There are endless ways to incorporate squalane into your daily routine. It truly is one of the most versatile moisture agents out there, and you’ll be surprised to find it’s a common ingredient in any decent face moisturizer (and because you’re here, we assume you have standards!). From night creams to face masks to eye gels, there’s really no wrong way to go with how or when you use it. Look for formulas with ethical and vegan versions of squalane to keep your skin and skincare as clean and kind as you are.

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