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Peppiemint

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Squalene! 🌱

Hello! Recently, I’ve heard more about sqalene in products, including some products I currently use. I’m a little confused about the functions of this ingredient. Can anyone please provide clarity? And recommendations on when and how often it should be used in a skincare routine? Thanks in advance 🙏
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Yourskintellectual

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Squalene is something our skin naturally produces. It is not a very stable ingredient and it's stable and more effective version is Squalane. It's a highly moisturising ingredient but it's sort of 'dry' and absorbs quickly. It's non comedogenic, helps to control sebum production, soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
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Peppiemint

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Thank you! I didn’t even know there was a sqalAne! I’ve definitely noticed those effects. Though I didn’t know it was something our skin actively produces. Appreciate the insight!
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Ozu

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Just to add on, squalane is typically sourced from the shark's liver. One ton of squalane is produced from 3000 of shark's liver. Though there's more plant-derived squalane now in the market, people don't really aware of the environmental concerns that squalane has brought to us.
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Peppiemint

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oof I had no clue! Thanks for shedding light on that. I see it in a lot of clean skincare and it states “plant sourced” so I thought they all were. So naive of me - thanks for clarifying!
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destinationglass

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Yeah, Squalane (with an ‘a’) is a stabilized form of squalene (with an ‘e’), a moisturizing lipid (fat) that human skin cells produce naturally; unfortunately, squalene is unstable and oxidizes easily; therefore, squalene cannot be used in skincare or makeup products. Squalane (with an ‘a’) is the hydrogenated, and, therefore, stabilized form of squalene that we find in skincare and makeup products. I use a retinol serum suspended in squalane and I reach for this squalane cleanser pretty regularly.
Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

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Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

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Squalane Cleanser

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Squalane Cleanser

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Peppiemint

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Ah very informative and thank you for the recommendations ♥️
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annamaria

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I love this one from Typology it‘s only ingredient is 100% olive 🫒 so it‘s plant based. I use a few drops daily.
Lab-1004 Squalane D'olive 100%

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Lab-1004 Squalane D'olive 100%

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