Squalane – This simple, plant sugar-derived emollient helps dry, irritated and ageing skin to calm down. Can be applied neat or added to your moisturizing cream.
Squalane, whilst not so bountiful in plants as it is in shark’s liver, can be found in many vegetable oils. It is also found in human sebaceous secretions, as a precursor of cholesterol.
Highly refined squalane from olive demonstrates the most notable characteristic: its ability to completely and rapidly penetrate the skin. Apparently, it can permeate into the skin at a rate of 2 mm/second. I can vouch for that. I put a large dollop on my finger and it was completely absorbed (with hardly any rubbing in) within a couple of minutes.
In conclusion, once absorbed it is doing all manner of helpful things. It is an antioxidant, prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots, promotes cell growth and is an antibacterial.
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