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Squalane - the beauty booster for radiant skin

Squalane - the beauty booster for radiant skin

Squalane is a 100 percent natural ingredient that is classified as safe to use. In chemical terms, it is an oil that occurs naturally in the skin and is becoming increasingly popular in the cosmetics industry.

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Squalane is a 100 percent natural ingredient that is classified as safe to use. In chemical terms, it is an oil that occurs naturally in the skin and is becoming increasingly popular in the cosmetics industry.

The effect of squalane on the skin

Squalane serves as a natural protective shield against dryness and is a blessing for skin and hair. It retains moisture, regulates sebum in oily skin and supports the skin's barrier function. It is very easy to use - it can even be used as a pure oil for all skin types.

Squalane contains vitamins C and E, known for their anti-ageing effect to slow down the ageing process, as well as antioxidants that protect the skin's natural hydro-lipid film. It leaves the skin feeling silky-soft without any residue and provides intensive moisture. It also has an antioxidant effect, protects against environmental influences and has a plumping effect that gives the skin new elasticity.

Squalane, squalene, squalane, phytosqualane - What is the difference?

When researching squalane, sooner or later you will come across similar terms, but they have different meanings.

  • Squalane: The correct name for the ingredient in skincare products.
    Squalane is a colorless oil and belongs to the acyclic triterpene hydrocarbons. It is mainly obtained from olives and is a highly effective plant-based skincare ingredient. Squalane is characterized by good physical and chemical stability, which makes it a popular ingredient in skin care products.
  • Squalene: The substance found in human skin sebum.
    Squalene is the basic compound of most triterpenes and an acyclic triterpene hydrocarbon. It occurs naturally in human sebum, where it makes up about 15 percent of sebum. However, due to its structure, squalene is unstable and tends to oxidize, which is why it is not used directly in skin care products.
  • Phytosqualane: Pure vegetable squalane, vegan and cruelty-free.
    Phytosqualane, also known as vegetable squalane, is a form of squalane that is of vegetable origin. It is mainly extracted from vegetable oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, wheat germ oil and rice germ oil. Phytosqualane is 100% vegan and is characterized by its skin-identical properties, making it particularly well tolerated by the skin. It is valued in cosmetic products for its moisturizing and softening properties.

Squalane for different skin types

The versatile effect of squalane makes it an ideal skin care ingredient for different skin types, as it moisturizes, strengthens the skin barrier and makes it supple.

  • Normal skin: Squalane protects normal skin from moisture loss and supports its natural barrier and balance.
  • Oily skin: The miracle ingredient regulates sebum production and provides the skin with light moisture. Antioxidant properties protect the skin from free radicals and have a soothing effect. Squalane helps to mattify oily skin without overloading it.
  • Combination skin: The beauty booster regulates sebum production and normalizes the skin, which is particularly beneficial for combination skin.
  • Mature skin: Squalane supports optimal skin regeneration, reduces fine lines and perfectly balances the moisture levels of mature skin.
  • Dry skin: Squalane strengthens the natural lipid film, protects against moisture loss and nourishes dry, rough areas of skin to make them supple and soft again. Squalane is intensively hydrating, smoothes the skin and can plump it up from the inside out.
  • Blemished skin: Light and non-greasy, squalane is also suitable for blemished skin. It does not clog pores and is quickly absorbed.
  • Sensitive skin: Squalane is considered to be very well tolerated and is even suitable for sensitive skin types without causing irritation.

Thanks to its similarity to the skin's own sebum, squalane is particularly well tolerated. It is even suitable for skin at risk of neurodermatitis as it provides long-lasting moisture.

How can I use squalane?

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How squalane can be used:

  • Pure oil: Squalane can be applied to the skin as pure oil.
  • Pre-wash treatment: It is also suitable as a pre-wash treatment for dry hair.
  • Moisture protection: The use of squalane reduces transepidermal water loss and supports the skin's barrier function.

With its skin-caring properties, it is ideal for the daily skincare routine. Application is uncomplicated: Spread three to five drops on your face as needed and massage in gently. This oil is particularly mild and non-irritating, making it a recommended option even after shaving. Squalane has antioxidant effects that protect the skin from harmful environmental influences. 

An additional tip is to mix it as a booster with your favorite moisturizer to intensify the conditioning effect. This clear, odorless oil absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling smooth without clogging pores. Take advantage of the many benefits of squalane to provide your skin with natural and effective care.


Squalane - non-irritating, silky and nourishing

Squalane is usually obtained from the pressing residues of olive oil, more rarely from sugar cane or amaranth. The term "squalane" is derived from the Latin word "squalus", which means "shark", as the active ingredient used to be extracted from shark liver.

Unlike ordinary vegetable oils, squalane is not a greasy oil. It leaves a pleasant silky film on the skin, similar to the skin's own sebum, which makes it particularly well tolerated. It is also resistant to oxidation and can be kept for up to 24 months without preservatives.

Gaia Naturelle and Squalane

Our products are characterized by their use of natural ingredients. The wide range of natural cosmetics also includes squalane, an essential ingredient for holistic skin care. From moisturizing creams to revitalizing serums, Gaia Naturelle products incorporate squalane to naturally nourish and protect the skin. This includes our Hyaluronic Body Lotion, Hyaluronic Face Cream and Vitamin C Serum.

Discover the natural power of squalane in Gaia Naturelle products and give your skin the care it deserves.

Squalane - frequently asked questions

  • Is squalane harmful?
    Squalane is generally considered a safe ingredient and is often used in skin care products. It has a triple action by protecting the skin from moisture loss, preventing the oxidation of the skin's own oils and leaving the skin feeling pleasantly silky. Studies confirm its tolerability and it is even recommended for sensitive skin. It is important to note that individual skin reactions can vary and it is recommended to test new products on a small area of skin first.
  • Where does squalane come from?
    Squalane is mainly derived from olives, which is a vegan and sustainable source.
  • What are the benefits of using squalane?
    Squalane moisturizes, counteracts wrinkles, nourishes the hair and leaves the skin feeling pleasantly silky.
  • Can squalane cause allergic reactions?
    Squalane is generally well tolerated, but individual skin reactions can vary. It is recommended to test new products on a small area of skin first.
  • Can I use Squalane during pregnancy?
    Yes, squalane can be used during pregnancy. Its high tolerance makes it an ideal companion, as it can give the skin greater elasticity. It moisturizes and has a positive effect on skin hydration, elasticity and resilience. Nevertheless, it is advisable to test new skin care products during pregnancy on a small area of skin first to rule out possible individual reactions.
  • Is squalane better than hyaluronic acid?
    Squalane and hyaluronic acid are not directly comparable as they have different modes of action. Squalane is an oil that retains moisture in the skin, while hyaluronic acid moisturizes and hydrates the skin. However, both have their effectiveness as highly effective skin care ingredients in the daily beauty routine. Deciding which ingredient is better depends on individual skin needs. Some prefer the moisturizing properties of hyaluronic acid, while others appreciate the nourishing effect of squalane.
  • Can squalane have side effects?
    In its pure form, there are virtually no side effects from squalane. It is considered a well-tolerated, natural ingredient that moisturizes and soothes the skin. However, it is important to consider individual skin reactions. People with particularly sensitive skin should test a small area of skin before use to rule out possible intolerances.