I recently discovered the benefits of squalane oil when a skincare brand, ClarityRx, sent us over their Nourish Your Skin 100% Squalane Moisturizing Face Oil. After trying it on my redhead skin for several days, I noticed my complexion was brighter, a small dry patch near my mouth was gone and my skin felt super hydrated.
So, what exactly is squalane oil and why should you be applying it on your redhead skin too? We asked a few experts to weigh in on this anti-aging oil.
What is squalane oil?
US board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Anna H. Chacon, MD FAAD shared with us the important attributes of this oil. “Squalane oil is a common lipid produced by human cells and is a component of sebum. Though we produce it naturally, its production is drastically decreased after we reach our 30s, which contributes to the dryness we commonly observe with aging. It can be found in animal and plant sources and helps to protect the surface of the skin from peroxidation due to UV light.”
What are its benefits?
“Squalane oil has advantages as an emollient and antioxidant due to its hydration and anti-tumor benefits. Squalane benefits the skin’s physiology and is commonly used as a moisturizing agent. Other advantages include that it does not have an oily feel, is safe for sensitive skin and also is odorless, antibacterial, and non-comedonal, meaning it doesn’t contribute to breakouts. It is also helpful at treating conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis,” Dr. Chacon shares.
How can it be used?
Celebrity dermatologist and the creator of TheA Method®, Tina Alster MD, FAAD, tells us, “Squalane is used as a hydrator. When applied topically, squalane can hydrate and moisturize the skin, making it appear to be healthier and look more vibrant. Squalane also has anti-inflammatory properties and is lightweight on the skin, unlike some other hydrators that may clog pores.”
Is it for all skin types?
“Squalane is safe and can benefit all skin types, especially those with dry or aging skin. However, one would want to check a small area for an allergic reaction,” Dr. Alster shares. “While squalane is great for any skin type, those suffering from dehydration or blemish-prone skin can get extra benefits.”
How to incorporate squalane oil in your skin routine?
After cleansing and toning, apply a thin layer to the face, neck and décolleté morning and night. Lock it all in with a moisturizer and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Best squalane oil products:
1. ClarityRx Nourish Your Skin 100% Squalane Moisturizing Face Oil, $48
This was the first squalane oil product I ever tried –– and I fell in love with it instantly. This 100% Squalane oil is an antioxidant that shields the skin from harsh environmental aggressors while increasing oxygen flow to the skin. It’s quick-absorbing so you’ll notice hydration instantly.
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2. Found Active Moisturizing Face Serum with Plant-Derived Squalane, $23
Adrienne and I were so excited to try this product from Found Active. It’s lightweight and very moisturizing. We both noticed our skin was smoother, too.
3. The A Method Ultra-Hydration Serum, $78
This product is amazing. It really hydrates chronically dry skin due to its all-natural squalane derived from olives.
4. The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane, $10
If you’re into skin then you’ve definitely heard of The Ordinary. This serum will hydrate the skin to improve the look of its elasticity and suppleness. You can also apply it to your hair to reduce frizz.
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