Best Squalane Products for Skin

Squalane just may be the best, biggest thing in skincare – and after trying it out, I am obsessed, and had to share!

This post is all about what squalane actually is, and a list of the best squalane products to try right now for your most softest, more hydrated, youthful and glowing skin.

(And as you may know, keeping your skin moisturised is one of the ultimate skincare tips you need to know!)

But first…

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What is Squalane?

Closest to our natural sebum produced from our skin, squalane is a colorless, poly-unsaturated hydrocarbon liquid.

If that confuses you, don’t worry – all you need to know is that it is found naturally in animals and plants (usually sourced from shark liver oil, but now mostly from plants)and including human sebum.

What makes it so exciting, however, as I mentioned earlier, is that it is the closest we have to the natural moisture (sebum) our skin makes.

Skincare Benefits of Squalane

Even though the word sebum may conjure bad memories from teen acne years (or is that just me?), sebum is actually really good for our skin, as it’s our natural moisture.

Not only that, it’s very important for the overall health to our skin, including keeping it lubricated and protecting it.

So anything close to that… well, I’d say is a winner! Replacing dry skin with squalane will make your skin as smooth and soft as it would if your skin had just a bit more sebum production.

So far, squalane is found in 2 forms: squalene and squalane.

Squalane is the lighter version of it.

Furthermore, either one of them has been shown to be a highly effective skin moisturiser and natural antioxidant for the skin.

It has been used medically to treat wounds and skin problems, so experts are also saying it can potentially be amazing for anti-aging: smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and overall great for mature skin.

Best Squalane Products for Skincare

OK, so I may have sold you on squalane, now it’s time to try it out! I have been testing products with it in, and I have to say I may have found a new favorite skincare ingredient. Some of the best squalane products to try are…

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Is it a coincidence that this iconic product, Kiehl’s #1 selling product, contains squalane? I think not! It’s a daily moisturiser that boasts 24 hour hydration for even the driest skins.

Squalane by The Ordinary2. The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

After my first, great experience with this much buzzed about skincare brand, you bet this was next on my shopping list.

Because it’s 100% plant based, this is cruelty-free, vegan and so safe to use. It’s an incredible, incredible moisturiser and so affordable too, if you just want to test squalane out first.

3. Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil 

This is is especially great if you have acne prone skin, as it has the added benefit of clearing up acne scars and such. Includes dded benefits to improve skin elasticity for youthful looking skin.

A favorite for sure!

4. Neova Squalane

If you’re into science and real results for your skin – the ones above are amazing, but quite simply just the squalene ingredient, try this one out.

This super powered skincare product is squalene based, but made for the driest of skins. Would be amazing in winter or for those with very dry skin.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for some deep emollient and moisture to the skin, and have found to still have dry skin despite trying many other products, try squalane. Its closeness to our natural sebum may just make it the moisture you’ve just been looking for!

Now, over to you…

What are the best squalane skincare products, in your opinion, and do you have any other squalane products to add to the list? I’d love to know!

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