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Olive Squalane

Updated on September 20, 2007

Squalane is a unique emollient oil that has been touted as nothing short of a miracle in a bottle. I highly doubt the miracle claims, but I do believe that squalane has an important place in anti aging skin care.

Squalane occurs naturally in human skin/ sebum. Believed to protect and lubricate, its levels are highest when we are young. Somewhere around the twenties, levels start to decline rather rapidly. Doesn't everything?

Squalane used to come mostly from shark livers. Now to my knowledge, most squalane in personal care products (lotions, creams, etc) is olive squalane (obviously plant derived from the humble olive). If you are concerned about its source and it doesn't specify on the label, check with the manufacturer.

One can supplement squalane (squalene) with oral supplementation, and this has proven to be wonderful for dry skin. It also has the action being able to deactivate the free radicals produced by UV exposure. Squalane can also grab hold of lipid soluble toxins and enable them to be excreted from the body. All of which can not just help our general health, but helps make our skin the best it can be. Our skin can't look its best if it is loaded with free radicals and it's a toxic waste dump.

That is oral squalane, how about topical?

Squalane is an odorless, colorless, light, emollient oil. It is very stable and has a long shelf life. It is highly conditioning, bringing relief to dry and chapped skin. This conditioning property makes it a marvelous oil to use in conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

I have found using squalane as a cuticle conditioner does a wonderful job keeping my cuticles soft and preventing cracks around the finger tips (these can be such a problem in the winter months ).

Try using a few drops of squalane massaged onto your face as a primer for your make up and to "amp" up your moisturizer. It works wonders for me and those that I know. It seems to soften wrinkles just a bit, and allows make up to glide on effortlessly.

You can make your own essential oil "serums" by using a skin friendly essential oil such as carrot seed, neroli, frankincense, etc. and make a .5 to 1 percent dilution of essential oil in squalane. It makes the most elegant serum you can get. Non greasy, all for so much less than you could get in the department stores.

One of the great properties of squalane is that it is non staining, as is fractionated coconut oil. The benefit to this is that you can make professional massage oils. If they get on your bed linens, they will wash out. You can go with a mixture of the two oils, both are wonderful, but the addition of the squalane gives some excellent properties that are lacking in the FCO. Add some essential oils and you have a highly moisturizing and therapeutic massage experience.

Squalane is certainly an oil one should have in their skin care arsenal. And while it may not be a miracle in a bottle, it is enough of a wonder for us to stand up and take notice.

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      Kim Mujahid 8 years ago

      Great article! I have been reading about squalane and now I am interested in making some new products with it. Thank you.

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      Michele Engholm 8 years ago from Hutchinson

      Thx Kim, the very best of luck on your new products. I love squalane...I am sure you and your customers will also!

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      Student 8 years ago

      very helpful. please include date published.

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      student 8 years ago

      hurry! :)

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      Student...for the 3rd time... 8 years ago

      check out http://womantribune.com/cosmetics ..... its your type of webpage (it's on squalene)

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      Michele Engholm 8 years ago from Hutchinson

      Sorry it took so long here. I published this article on 9-20-07. I will check out your link! Thanks for stopping by...I hope it helped. : )

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      8 years ago

      We import a very high quality Olive Squalene from Spain. It is colorless odorless.

      If you are interested, please email to zshahidy@kentararesearch.com

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      aradhana khandekar 8 years ago

      can we use the same serum for hair too

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      aradhana khandekar 8 years ago

      can we use the same serum for hair too

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      I.e. Kara 7 years ago

      We import a very high quality Olive Squalene from Turkey. It is colorless odorless.remember Turkey have high quality olive all around the world

      If you are interested, please email to info@misircarsisi.com.tr

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      bonniejays 7 years ago

      Squalane is found in the Gerovital Products from the puriest of Olives check out my website www.gerovitalusa.com

      together with avacado oil and vitamin E its an awesome arsonel of anti aging and moisturizing ingredients

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      Vincenzo 7 years ago

      Im an olive oil producer,

      does anybody know how to make this Squalane product??

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      squalene oil 7 years ago

      I was introduced to Squalene oil from my Japanese friend since I have very dry skin. Apparently the use of Squalene oil is very common over there. I am applying on my eczema rash and it does suppress itchiness.

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      Katydid 6 years ago

      I use Olive Oil (light, therefore no fragrance) for makeup removal and many other lubricating needs. It absorbs quickly and does a wonderful job. Not to mention cost effective. Is there much Squalene in Olive Oil itself? Or would pure Squalene be more effective for skin care?

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      Barbara Moore 6 years ago

      The best products on the market that contain not only squalane, but also hyalluronic acid and peptides in a vegetable base are Kandesn, which is the unsurpassed Sunrider products, formulated and manufactured by Dr. Chen. "He says you'll get new skin like a babie's butt." Who doesn't want that?! Check it out at Sunrider.com.

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      evercall 6 years ago

      I've used squalane lotion for a couple years now and I'm not exactly sure if it's the Olive type. Most of my deep wrinkles seem to have softened and my skin is always smooth. My type of choice is http://www.oceanaproducts.com/Topical-Squalane/pro...

      Does this have olive squalane or just regular squalane?

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      mccormack.gloria@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      plz. tell me where I can find Olive Squalane i live in a fairly small town there are a few health and food stores and a walmart!and drug stores like CVS AND walgreen thank you gloria mccormack

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