Spotlight on Squalane
The beauty industry has a new breakthrough compound, and this time it’s called squalane.
Some beauty gurus have been calling squalane the “miracle ingredient” for skincare.
And matched with other ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalene truly can pack a punch when it comes to getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
What is Squalane? Squalene vs. Squalane
Squalane and squalene are actually two different things! The confusingly similar names actually become a lot less confusing when you hear that squalane comes from squalene.
So, what’s the difference between them? What makes one squalane and the other squalene?
Squalene is a natural moisturizer found in your skin as well as a lot of other organic sources, most notably plants. As a part of our dedication to creating cruelty-free and vegan products, Fièra sources all of the squalene that we use in our products from organic, non-GMO plants.
Like many naturally-produced moisturizers or other compounds, your body stops producing it in as high amounts as you age. This is where squalane comes in.
Why Not Just Use Squalene?
Squalene can’t be put into moisturizers as an ingredient immediately upon extraction from wherever you’re getting it because it’s highly unstable.
If exposed to oxygen, then it will begin to spoil. It wouldn’t make for a very customer-friendly product if it just expired five days after you cracked open the cap!
Instead of being immediately packaged, it undergoes a process called “hydrogenation”.
What’s Hydrogenation? How Does it Work?
Moisturizers are just oils that are combined with other ingredients to become beneficial for your skin. The process is exactly the same for squalene.
The process of turning squalene into squalane involves introducing hydrogen to the squalene and affecting it in such a way that oxygen no longer has as negative of an effect on it.
After undergoing hydrogenation, squalene has successfully become squalane, and you can enjoy the many benefits of the compound.
Why is it So Great?
Squalane is a great ingredient to include in moisturizers because of its effect of adding a compound back into your body that your body may have stopped producing naturally.
This is especially important because one of the main effects of aging is that your skin will lose some of its elasticity, so adding back moisture and the ability for your skin to retain water is vital to keeping that dewy look to your skin.
Lots of moisturizers will include ingredients whose sole purpose is to give your skin back a property that it may have lost over time. Squalane is a natural ingredient just like the ingredients used in Fièra’s Neck Cream.
Our Neck Cream is one of our most popular products, and our customers have had amazing results through consistent use of the cream.
Be on the lookout for products that acknowledge your skin’s needs as you age. Make your product work for your love and don’t love it until it does!