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Squalene, Squalane and the Benefits for Your Skin

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If you’re a skincare enthusiast who keeps tabs on the latest beauty drops chances are, you’ve seen Squalene or Squalane mentioned in the ingredients list of products. But you might be wondering, besides the one letter, what’s the actual difference between the two and the benefits you can reap from using products that contain these star ingredients?

Squalene with an “e” is a naturally occurring agent and a primary component of the sebum in our bodies and it’s an active ingredient. While Squalane with an “a” is hydrogenated and it’s the stabilised version of Squalene. So, which one should you go for, you might ask? Squalane is the commonly used form in ready-to-use cosmetics and it’s the most recommended. The change in the biochemical structure makes it a lot more shelf stable and less likely to act like an allergen or irritant.

That being said, what both versions have in common is the impeccable ability to lock in moisture and smooth skin as they’re natural emollients. However, something to keep in mind is Squalene is heavier in texture so it might be well-suited for dry skin. While Squalane is best for oily and acne-prone skin due to its light texture.

Here are 5 of our favourite Squalane products:

Biossance Squalane + Hyaluronic Toning Mist

This lightweight and no-fuss toning mist is our favourite pick-me-up spritz throughout the day.

Cosmedix Peptide Rich Defense

We love a multi-purpose product! This moisturiser is deeply hydrating, age-defying and provides a broad spectrum of 50 SPF!

Filorga Skin Unify Cream

Inspired by laser treatments and peels, this heavy-duty cream will rejuvenate, hydrate and reduce dark spots, revealing radiant-looking skin.

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The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

If you’re looking for the purest form of Squalane, this product is for you. Apart from the hydrating benefits for the skin, it can also be used on the hair to add shine and reduce breakage.

Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

This mask is perfect for an overnight pampering session. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid and of course, Squalane.


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