Today we will put the squalene under the microscope.
Probably it does not ring a bell, right?
Squalene is found in many cosmetic products and we may have to start looking for it in our products.
Squalene is an organic compound found in nature. In fact, all plants and animals, like the human body, produce squalene as a biochemical intermediate substance. It is an intermediate substance. It is essentially the precursor to the synthesis of all steroids, and all plant and animal sterols such as cholesterol. In short, we were born with it!
Today it is extracted mainly from shark liver oil, hence its name (from the Latin word Squalus = shark), but it is also found in vegetable/herbal oils, such as olive oil. However, there is also a downside; hunting and overfishing put sharks in danger of extinction and harm the aquatic ecosystem, as it takes a long time for sharks to reproduce and mature. Fortunately, most cosmetic companies are responsible, and they do not use shark-derived squalene, but plant-derived squalane such as olives, fermentation processes such as yeast, or other biosynthetic processes instead.
So yes, to squalane and no to squalene!
Squalene is produced by our body and increases over the years up to the period of adolescence. After the age of 20 it begins to be eliminated from our body, leaving the skin rougher, harder and more vulnerable. So, here’s an ingredient that needs replacement.
What are its benefits and how is it absorbed?
• It helps restore the lipid barrier and protects the skin and hair from dehydration.
• It protects against environmental stressors, but also acts as an emollient.
• It is an active fatty ingredient with a silky feeling of no fat, so it is absorbed immediately.
• It is odorless, colorless and does not cause irritation.
Its effectiveness and absorption are high because our skin recognizes it (since it also produces it on its own) as soon as it is applied. Hence, it absorbs it quickly and easily, unlike other oils that can sit on top of the skin barrier. It is perfectly compatible with our skin!
Squalane helps maintain the necessary moisture, leaves the skin extremely soft and smooth, speeds up the cell cycle and helps reduce redness.
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