Ingredient Highlight- Squalane. Facelift In A Bottle
Joanne Nicholls Jan 12, 2017

Olive Squalane is so much more than just an oil...it resembles our own bodys squalane (our own natural moisturiser). It is anantioxidant, scavanging free radicals, particularly those caused from UV radiation; an anti inflammatory, making it suitable for all skin types. It has been clinically proven to reduce redness and calm irritation making it suitable for people with skin conditions like eczema, psoraisis, dermatitis and rosacea. Olive Squalene’s biocompatibility allows it to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin for true hydration and rejuvenation to occur.

​We are all born with an ample supply of squalane. In fact, it is one of the most common lipids (oils) produced by our skin cells, making up about 12% of our skin's sebum. Levels begin to decline in our mid 20's which leads to dehydration and the fine lines and wrinkles we want to avoid. This ingredient is essential for synthesising hormones, cholesterol and vitamin D. It has been shown to increase the skins moisture levels by up to 50%. No small feat. By increasing the moisture level and lubrication of the skin, suppleness and elasticity are restored.

​Why does our skin produce sebum?

The sebum produced in our sebaceous glands makes its way to the skins surface via the hair follicle. It then mixes with moisture from the environment and our sweat to create a protective barrier called the äcid mantle". This acidic barrier is the skins first line of defense. It helps keep bacteria and ther pathogens out, and seals moisture in. Squalane particularly helps seal in moisture for long lasting hydration.

Why Squalane in Our Nutrient Serum?

Even though it is technically an oil, it does not have an oily feel. It also has no odor and is non-comedonal, which means that it will not clog pores. Squalane imparts a smooth, satiny feel on the skin while assisting other ingredients to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin. We blend olive-derived squalane with CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinone – a fat soluble nutrient- to create a form of CoQ10 that your skin can absorb easily! Now that's putting your skin into high gear.

Anti bacterial

Squalane has anti-bacterial properties, which may reduce the symptoms of existing acne without causing redness, stinging, or peeling; it improves barrier function, shielding the skin from environmental toxins

Anti oxidant

Mimicing our own sebum, squalane has the benefits of being an antioxidant, scavaging and mopping up free radiacals. The skin surface is then protected from lipid peroxidation due to exposure to UV light. Which accounts for about 90% of skins extrinsic ageing. It has even been shown to reverse UV damage and lighten freckles and age spots.

Anti ageing

Squalane’s hydrating and skin-softening effects on the skin help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Besides its anti-aging effects, it helps maintain healthy skin. Squalane is rapidly absorbed and spreads easily over the skin surface without leaving an oily or greasy feeling. Squalane is a natural part of human skin and plays an important role in the repair of damaged skin. It helps to lock moisture in the skin and serves as a barrier to environmental toxins. Over time, it can reduce scarring, wrinkles, fine lines and skin pigmentation issues.

 

Olive Squalane is a major ingredient in our Nutrient Serum and will feature in our new De-Light Sun protective cream due to its UVA and UVB protective qualities