Introducing squalane oilAfrica-Studio/ShutterstockSqualane oil is a plant-based saturated oil that can be used for treating cracked lips, eye-area dryness, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis because of its moisturizing and antibacterial properties. It's unique because squalane helps protect your skin from free radicals, which cause premature aging, says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group. Our bodies naturally produce the oil, so squalane oil will help restore moisture that is lost as our skin ages. Regular use of squalane oil might fade dark pigmentation over time as well. Meet the other essential oils that boost your beauty routine.
How to use squalane oilwavebreakmedia/ShutterstockWhile a few drops of this ultra-absorbant oil should do the trick, the irritation level is low, even if you overdo it. "You have it in your skin anyway," says Dr. Nazarian. "It doesn't get more natural than this." The squalane oil will also help absorb other products. Sunscreen or moisturizer should be added several minutes after the oil has sunk in for extra protection against the sun or free radicals.
Beware of squalene oilBARRI/ShutterstockWhen buying squalane oil, make sure it has that second 'a' in the name. Squalene oil is an unsaturated oil that is naturally produced by our skin cells and can become rancid quickly. It is also found in olives, palm trees, and shark liver. Squalane oil is 100 percent saturated, which makes it stable and gives it a longer shelf life than squalene oil.
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Best squalane oil productsldutko/ShutterstockThere are very few pure squalane products out on the market, but companies are starting to advertise which products have it, says Dr. Nazarian. "Medically, it's a very elegant type of oil," she says. We rounded up the best squalane oil products, but Dr. Nazarian recommends bringing each product used in your skin-care regimen to a dermatologist to make sure everything is being used in the best way.
Best all around squalane oilMoustache-Girl/ShutterstockThe Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($20) has a very high emollience and helps prevent the ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. The bottle comes with a dropper and should be used after water-based treatments. The face oil will keep anything else—good or bad—from sinking into your skin, so it should be the last step in your skin-care regimen. The squalane oil can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential, according to the company.
Best anti-aging squalane oilSyda-Productions/ShutterstockDerived from farmed, naturally sourced, sustainable sugarcane, Peter Thomas Roth's Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane ($20) is another lightweight option for adding hydration to your beauty routine. The non-comedogenic face oil is made by pressing raw sugarcane into extra juice, which is then fermented; the squalane separates from the fermented matter to become the colorless oil that rids the skin of impurities. In a consumer study, 95 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 75 said their skin felt softer, moisturized and more radiant, and 91 percent said they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet around the eyes.
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