What is Squalane Oil? 16 Ways This Lesser Known Oil Transforms Skin


With the abundance of cleansers, toners, and moisturizers available, it can be quite a challenge to determine which are truly beneficial for your skin.

Squalane is one ingredient that has the potential to work wonders for your skin. However, it’s important to note the distinction between squalane and squalene, as many confuse them. They may sound similar, but they are very different.

While squalene is a natural oil present in our skin, squalane is a natural oil derived from olives. You can buy it online at several stores and I even found it on Amazon. It offers stability on the shelf and is lightweight, making it a suitable ingredient for all skin types. This lesser-known oil can genuinely transform your skin in so many ways.

Fights Free Radicals 

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I don’t know about you, but just like I’d like my tea to be packed with antioxidants, I want to use skincare products that help fight free radicals, too. Free radicals are the troublemakers that contribute to wrinkles and aging. Squalane oil steps in as an antioxidant, giving those radicals a stable electron and preventing them from harming our skin cells.

Hydrates Skin

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Anyone looking for a boost in skin hydration can benefit from squalane. It’s like your skin’s best friend, mimicking its natural oils to keep you moisturized. It acts as an emollient, creating a protective layer and trapping moisture in your skin so it stays hydrated. And the best part is that this oil’s structure is super similar to what your skin naturally produces, so it’s gentle even on sensitive skin. 

Restores Skin Barrier

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Imagine your skin barrier as a protective wall. But as time goes on, cracks can form, letting moisture out and irritants in. That’s where squalane comes in—it’s like special repair bricks that fill those cracks perfectly. It mimics natural oils our skin already produces, sealing gaps to stop moisture loss and keep irritants out. It creates a light, non-greasy shield, locking in moisture and keeping your skin fresh.

Boosts Collagen Production

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Collagen is an important structural protein in our skin, keeping it firm and youthful. But as we age, this protein declines, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Luckily, squalane can help! Hydrating your skin and fighting off free radicals may boost collagen production, keeping your skin looking fresh and supple.

Reduce Redness and Swelling

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Have you ever noticed redness on your skin? Dryness is a major culprit behind it. But squalane soothes irritated skin like a double whammy—by moisturizing and fighting inflammation. It traps moisture, plumping up the skin and calming down the redness. Plus, studies show it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a perfect solution for calming redness and swelling.

Supports Skin’s Elasticity

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Who doesn’t love smooth, firm skin? As we age, elasticity decreases, leading to sagging and wrinkles. But fear not; squalane oil steps in to save the day. It repairs and strengthens your skin’s protective barrier, locking in moisture. With a strong barrier, your skin stays firm, keeping you looking youthful.

Soothes Inflammatory Skin Problems

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Nobody wants to deal with itchy, disruptive, patchy skin. These inflammatory issues mess with your skin’s barrier, leaving it open to irritants and infections, making flare-ups worse. But here’s the good news: squalane might be the solution! It mimics our body’s anti-inflammatory process, calming down redness, swelling, and itching. 

Make Fine Lines Less Visible

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I’m always checking the mirror for fine lines and dry spots and doing what I can to prevent it—I don’t want my skin looking tired or dull! Squalane is rich in antioxidants that fight those harmful free radicals that age skin, keeping wrinkles away. And just in case you missed it, dry patches are crying out for hydration! Luckily, squalane acts like a magnet for moisture, keeping my skin hydrated and happy.

It Won’t Clog Your Pores

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One thing I really love about squalane is that it’s non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts—perfect for oily or acne-prone skin like mine. Specifically, its lightweight structure lets it sink right in without leaving any greasy feeling. Instead of sitting on top, squalane blends seamlessly with our skin’s natural oils, keeping them balanced and pores clear.

Oil Control

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Our skin naturally produces an oil known as sebum. But sometimes, it goes into overdrive due to factors like genetics, hormones, climate, or stress. But here’s where squalane comes to the rescue! It may work best for oily, dry, and sensitive skin because it balances oil levels and hydrates without any fuss. Since it’s similar to our skin’s natural oil, when we apply squalane, our skin calms down and eases up on its own oil production.

Reduce Trans-Epidermal Water Loss

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Squalane works wonders for your skin by tackling Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL). TEWL makes your skin lose moisture and look dull. But squalane oil helps to plug those leaks by supporting your skin’s natural oils and attracting water like a magnet, hydrating your skin from within. 

Enhance Absorption of Other Skincare Products

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Squalane oil is like a VIP pass for your skincare routine, boosting the benefits of other products. Emulating your skin’s natural oil smooths the way for them to penetrate deeper. Think of it as opening up microscopic pathways for all those good ingredients to work their magic. 

UV Protection

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Everyone needs sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. And adding squalane to your routine can level up your skin’s defense. It strengthens your skin’s barrier, helping to block out UV damage and pollution. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, oil-soluble antioxidants like squalane can help fight off those free radicals from UV rays, keeping your skin looking young and healthy.

Reduce Appearance of Hyperpigmentation

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Dealing with hyperpigmentation can be a real confidence hit. Those dark patches can make skin tone look uneven, and it’s frustrating. But why does it happen? Sometimes, dry skin can make it worse. Fortunately, squalane can help! It’s a top-notch moisturizer, smoothing out your skin and making those spots less noticeable. 

Suitable For Many Skin Types

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Squalane’s versatility for all skin types comes from its smart chemistry and how it blends with your skin’s natural processes. Use it solo for hydration, or mix it with other DIY skincare products for an extra boost. And don’t worry about it feeling oily—it absorbs fast and feels light, leaving no greasy mess. 

How To Make A Natural DIY Face Serum For Glowing Skin

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I use a DIY face serum to age gracefully and achieve radiant, firm, and hydrated skin. It’s very intensive and highly concentrated. If you use it under your face cream, it will help it penetrate the skin. It will also boost hydration by forming a barrier to reduce water loss.
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Here’s how to create your own natural, homemade face moisturizer! Each time I take a pass at this formula, I do my best to improve it. New ingredients, new benefits, new skins! Or at least that’s my mantra. Say goodbye to expensive store-bought creams & hello to a natural, healthy glow!
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Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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