Where is it found?
Our bodies produce squalene naturally but it can also be found in sugar cane, sharks liver and plants, plants are where the beauty companies usually extract it.
Squalene oil: Unsaturated Oil
Produced by our sebatious glands it is a component of sebum and also found in plants. As an unsaturated oil, squalene is unstable and goes rancid fast, so it is processed to change its structure to be used in cosmetic and skincare products.
Squalane Oil: Saturated Oil
It’s formed when squalene undergoes hydrogenation processing, which turns it into a more stable, fully saturated oil with a longer shelf life.
Squalane has emollient properties that help to coat the surface of skin and assist the skin in holding on to moisture. They also soften the skin and smooth its surface, so skin looks and feels healthier. Squalane does this without creating a greasy or sticky feel. In addition, it’s also an effective conditioning agent for hair. It conditions by coating and smoothing the hair cuticle so that hair feels softer and looks shinier and healthier. Because of its emollient properties and its ability to enhance the penetration of other ingredients, squalane is found in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products including hair conditioners, bath oils, facial cleansers, moisturizers, anti-aging products, make-up foundations, eye creams, concealers, lipsticks and sunscreens.