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Moist is one of the most hated words in the entire world. I’ve never really understood why – I mean, sure it’s not a great word… but it’s not a bad word. In fact, without the word moist you couldn’t have moisturizer and I flipping love moisturizer. The most hated word should be dry because dry skin is a total pain in the butt (amiright?)
That’s why today we’re going to be talking about the benefits of Squalane Oil in your skincare routine.
What is Squalane Oil?
Squalane oil is produced naturally in our bodies to ahem, keep things moist. But it is also present and naturally occurring in plants; the most common plant-derived source is from Olives.
Squalane oil is not to be confused with Squalene Oil. Think of them as sisters, except one is just a little bit more stable than the other and is a saturated fat while the other one is unsaturated fat (if that even makes sense?) Squalane (with an a) is the more stable oil and is used for cosmetic and skincare uses. In fact, Squalane oil is a more stable oil than coconut oil!
It absorbs into the skin very quickly. Like Jojoba oil, Squalane is similar to natural oils produced from our sebaceous glands (or pores) and therefore has the ability to mimic natural oils. This also helps to aid oily skin because it tricks your skin into thinking that it has already produced that oil (or at least that’s what I’ve been told.)
Benefits of Squalane Oil
The obvious reason Squalane Oil is a great oil for your skincare routine is because it’s super hydrating! Once you begin to age, your natural Squalane oil production will begin to reduce (which is why it is more common to have dry skin.) Therefore keeping Squalane Oil in your skincare routine will hold the moisture in your skin.
Everyone knows that the best way to combat aging is to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized – whether it be by using moisturizers, oils or drinking lots of water. Due to the moisturizing effects of Squalane oil it helps slow down the effects of aging, naturally.
Another benefit of Squalane Oil in your skincare routine is the fact that it is non-comedogenic. Meaning that it will not clog your pores and cause more acne or pimples. Unlike coconut oil, this more closely mimics our natural oil production and does not create any build up.
Squalane oil is also great for people who suffer from skin sensitivities such as eczema and psoriasis. As it’s so similar to our naturally produced oils it is also non-allergenic. If you suffer from a sensitive skin condition you can use Squalane oil to moisturize, protect and soothe the skin.
Prevents Free Radical Damage
Okay, I know that this statement seems to float around the Green Beauty community a lot. Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time that I read this or was told that a product “prevents free radical damage” I’d be rich (if only!) Squalane Oil creates a barrier on the skin which helps stop any free radicals from entering your skin… which in turn also helps slow the process of aging.
Health Benefits of Squalane Oil
According to the Indie Lee Website, Squalane oil helps to prevent certain forms of cancer, improve blood circulation, lower cholesterol levels and overall energy levels (something I desperately need come the Winter Solstice!)
My first foray into the journey of Squalane Oil is with the Indie Lee Squalane Oil. It is naturally derived from Olives – which is important to look out for! There are certain brands that may still derive their Squalane from animals like sharks. I have been using this for over a month and I have seen a huge improvement in my skin!
As I mentioned in my Penny Lane Organic Moisturizer post (a.k.a the best natural moisturizer!) I found that since using the combination of these products (moisturizer during the day and Squalane Oil at night) I have not had a single dry patch on my skin. If you know anything about the fickle Canadian weather, you’re well aware that these past few weeks have been a constant roller coaster ride (a.k.a it’s warm one day and then freezing the next!)
There’s one simple ingredient in the Indie Lee Squalane Oil; Squalane derived from Olives. You’re not paying for a watered down version of Squalane oil. You’re getting the real deal. There’s no nasty chemicals nor scents. Although pricey, you only need to use a couple drops. It absorbs quickly and does not leave your skin feeling oily or greasy.
In the summer I’m sure that this will be a superfluous product in my skincare routine, but for the cold and dry winter months this is definitely staying as a part of my skincare routine. If you’re looking for a Squalane Oil to try – you bet that this is the creme de la crop. I’ve literally seen nothing but rave reviews and that’s because it’s all true, this stuff is like magic or something.
Where can I purchase the Indie Lee Squalane Oil?
Do you hate the word moist?