In today’s time where skin care is more than just a trend – but a mere part of a lifestyle and conscious consumerism is indeed on the rise. Bet everyone would pretty much agree that somehow, the information that the media and word of mouth about skin care ingredients that claims to be effective and one for the books is indeed overwhelming. Have you ever been to the feeling that you wanted to try everything all at once? Well in as much as you want to. Don’t. Be mindful of everything that you put into your skin. Stay well informed on the skin care ingredients that you are using. It is your skin at the end of the day, it deserves all the love and care from you #selfloveatitsfinest.
Going back, In relation to our pursuit in providing you knowledge about different skin care ingredients that you probably would have or haven’t heard comes the new skin care ingredient we pretty much are excited in introducing to you. It is no secret that we are fond of sharing with you different facial oils. Allow us to introduce to you, Squalane.
Squalane is a lighter weight derivative of squalene (with an e) that is most commonly used treatment for acne and congestion. Squalene with an “e” yes, we have to have that emphasized – is naturally produced by our body. It makes up to 10-12% of your skin’s natural oils. It is a lipid or fat made naturally by our oil glands – sebaceous glands to be exact, with the primary purpose of hydrating and maintaining our skin’s barrier. The thing is, body’s natural production of squalene deteriorates after the age of 30. And this is where the help of topical application would come in.
Studies found that the natural organic compound can be derived from many plants. Other sources which is believed to be abundant in squalene are olive oil, rice bran, wheat germ and sugar cane. For longer shelf life, squalene then has to undergo the process of hyrdrogenation thereby comes the more stable form of its molecules. So comes, Squalane Oil!
Let us reap off all the possible skin benefits this wonder oil could offer!
SQUALANE OIL PROVIDES HYDRATION
Squalane having an excellent emollient properties makes it beneficial in providing skin hydration and moisturization. According to Dr. Charlotte Birnbaum, board certified dermatologist in New York City, one reason that makes squalene a great moisturizer is that our skin recognizes it instantly given the fact that it is a substance that our body naturally produces. Squalene is easily absorbed by the skin thus aids in preventing water loss from the skin. Preventing water loss from the skin can improve appearance of dryness and flakiness.
SQUALANE OIL HELPS MAINTAIN HEALTHY SKIN BARRIER
Even if your skin does not feel dry, aging skin needs daily moisture. It’s drier than young skin, even if it does not feel like it, because the oil glands do not produce the same amount of oil as they used to. Look for moisturizers with vitamin E and natural oils. Moisturizers that contain sweet almond oil are said to be very effective, and in fact, using sweet almond oil directly on older skin can help it look younger. Use a moisturizer under your make-up, and apply a night cream at night before bed.
SQUALANE OIL AND ITS ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES
Apart from that of the hydrating benefit that squalene could offer, it is also found that squalane has natural antioxidant properties –effective in combating free radical damage in skin. Along with its great moisturizing ability, squalene oil is also considered to be oil-soluble antioxidant. This primarily means that squalene oil works well with other antioxidant in the skin in order to neutralize damaging oxygen molecules when skin is exposed to harmful environmental aggressors such as ultraviolet rays that sun emits.
SQUALANE BALANCES OIL
The sebum that the skin’s natural oil produces aids in protecting the skin from dryness. Your skin’s exposure to environmental factors, harsh skincare products, or changes in hormones can cause the skin to get dry. The good thing is that the skin has the ability to overproduce sebum which could compensate the dryness. However, this could congest the skin making it feel a little bit greasy. And the good news? Squalane’s sebum-like ability aids in lubricating the skin so it feels comfortable – but as compared to sebum, it is light weight by nature thus sheds off that feeling of greasiness. Having the characteristics that mimics natural oil, it is recognized by other lipids present in skin – where it works well in visibly repairing skin’s barrier. How excited are you now in checking out squalene oil? We’d love to hear you Squalane Oil stories soon! For now we highly suggests you to Become a B&A Insider Get the latest beauty tips, news and product notification and exclusive promotions in your box! Subscribe to our Newsletter. We are excited for you! Be part of our mailing list by simply signing up below! www.beforeandaftercosmetics.com