What's The Deal With Squalene and Squalane?

What's The Deal With Squalene and Squalane?

Two of the hottest skin care ingredients over the last couple of years are Squalene and Squalane. Sure, they're in lots of products and beauty editors have been fawning over them for awhile now. But what are they? What do they do?

First up? Squalene. Squalene is a colorless poly-unsaturated hydrocarbon liquid that’s found naturally in many animals and plants, including sebum (your skin's oil). Most cosmetic formulations use squalene derived from olives or rice bran.  Basically, it’s one of the lipids your body produces to lubricate and protect your skin from the environment.

Squalane, on the other hand, is a derivative of squalene and is much lighter, which makes it optimal for acne-prone or hypersensitive skin. It also has a longer shelf life than squalene as it does not oxidize, which is a plus when it comes to cosmetic preparations.

At The Gilded Girl, we carry several products containing squalene or squalane.
Our favorites? 

Joanna Vargus Rescue Serum - This concentrated, corrective Vitamin C serum will brighten skin and boost radiance. The hydrating, antioxidant-packed formula nourishes skin against daily exposure to the sun and pollution, making signs of aging less noticeable. 

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil  - 

Plump it up with this pure, intensive moisturizing oil. Readily absorbed, 100% Olive-derived Squalane leaves the complexion soft, nourished and best of all, never greasy. Your skin's texture and tone will thank you.


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  • Elizabeth Quesnelle
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