Let’s dive into what exactly Squalane is, how it's different from Squalene, all its benefits, and why we love it so much.
What is Squalane?
Squalane is created when Squalene is hydrogenated. Squalene is naturally produced by the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands. The sebum that is secreted by those glands is a mixture of Triglycerides, Wax Esters, and Squalene, all of which help keep the skin moisturized. Oily skin types produce more sebum, while dry skin produces less. Squalene also works as an antioxidant to combat the damaging effects of free radicals. As the body ages, your body stops producing Squalene in larger quantities, so that's where Squalane comes in.
What Are the Benefits of Squalane + Who Should Use It?
Squalane is incredibly emollient, so it's often a key ingredient for people with dry and mature skin types. It is also suitable for people with sensitive skin because it is naturally odorless and isn't a common irritant or allergen.
It seals in moisture so it's suitable for damaged skin barriers and skin that suffers from moisture loss, most commonly because of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. And since it's derived from Squalene — a powerful antioxidant — it also protects against free radicals to help prevent premature aging or damage caused by external environmental stressors.
In CC Me Serum, Squalane works together with two types of Vitamin C, a Peptide Complex, and a Botanical Cocktail to brighten and hydrate skin to help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep skin looking fresh and plump
Since the Vitamin C in CC Me pairs so well with SPF, we recommend using CC Me in your AM routine, though Squalane is an ingredient that can be used both day and night. Though Squalane doesn't really irritate skin, make sure you consult your dermatologist before adding anything new into your routine