You ran into the word "squalane" while browsing the list of ingredients for a new skincare product, or you've gotten used to the buzz phrase in some girlfriends brunching. The quintessence? Squalene is something you should absolutely know and you should consider adding squalane products to your skincare routine. (You've probably noticed a slight spelling change since it's actually two different things.)
Squalene is a fat molecule in the skin that's versatile. "It maintains the moisture barrier and hydration of the skin and is also an antioxidant that has anti-aging properties to neutralize environmental damage," says dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, Health . The human body actually produces squalene (part of the natural moisture of our skin), but the amount contained and retained in the skin begins to drop sharply in our 20s. Enter: topical products containing squalane.
What exactly is the difference between the track and the Lena ? Squalene is incredibly unstable, bad at first, and can clog pores. "Squalene itself is very reactive and quickly oxidizes, but when hydrogenated, it becomes squalane, a more stable component," explains New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD Squa Lane . lene and is the optimized, skin-friendly version with a much longer shelf life.