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Ingredient of the Month: Squalane Oil

In this month’s edition of Ingredient of the Month, we’re taking a look at one of the lesser-known plant-derived ingredients in beauty, Squalane Oil. If you’ve not heard of this unique skincare powerhouse before, read on to get a brief explanation of what it is, how it works, and who it’s for. 

What is Squalane Oil?

Our bodies naturally produce a compound called squalene in the sebaceous glands. Squalene enhances the integrity of cells and reduces moisture loss, as well as being believed to have a host of potential medical benefits. Unfortunately, as we get older, the level of squalene produced by the body decreases, which is where squalane oil comes in.

The hydrogenated version of squalene, squalane oil has all the same benefits and can be applied directly to the skin. Because our bodies understand its chemical composition, it is absorbed and used easily, without irritation. 

The oil itself is silky and glides on like as you’d expect from an oil, but absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy residue. Lightweight and incredibly hydrating, it can be used as part of your morning or evening moisturising routine. 

Squalane oil can also be used on the face, body and hair.

 


Where Does it Come From?

Squalane oil has been used in eastern medicine for centuries. Originally harvested from the liver of sharks, today’s squalane oil comes from much more ethical sources. 

Rice bran, amaranth seed, wheat germ, olives and sugarcane can all be used to produce a renewable, sustainable source of squalane oil. Thanks, science!


Who Can Benefit From Squalane Oil?

Squalane oil is one of those rare products that can genuinely benefit all skin types. It isn’t often that a skincare product is equally as well suited to sensitive dry skin as it is to acne-prone skin, yet squalane oil can claim both. 

Dry and Dehydrated Skin

If you suffer from tight, scaly, dry skin which turns red if you so much as look at it the wrong way, squalane oil is a fantastic tool to have in your arsenal. 

As well as increasing hydration and retaining the skin’s moisture, squalene oil is very lightweight. If you’re tired of heavy, greasy emollients, you might be surprised at how a few drops of this silky oil compares.

Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Gone are the days when oil was considered a no-no for acne-prone skin. Many of the products used to dry out acne are astringents, which strip the skin of its naturally beneficial oils. Your skin then goes into overdrive to replenish the oils, and so the cycle continues. 

Squalane oil not only anti-inflammatory but is non-comedogenic and hydrates the skin without creating a skin barrier. This allows the skin to breathe, reducing the risk of blocked pores and breakouts.

Combination Skin 

In the endless battle to suit the needs of both oily and dry areas of skin, many of our allbeauty readers find that they have to prioritise one complaint over another. 

The use of squalane oil helps to regulate excess oil production while still hydrating skin at a cellular level. Unlike many other moisturisers, squalane oil is able to promote hydration without creating an external skin barrier. This avoids the risk of blocking pores in oilier zones, making it ideal for combination skin. 

Ageing and Sun-Damaged Skin

Whether due to age or environmental factors, most of us will eventually experience fine lines and wrinkles. While it may not be able to turn back the hands of time, squalane oil can certainly improve the skin’s appearance.

Skin cell hydration is one of the key ways that squalane oil helps ageing or sun-damaged skin, as plump skin show lines less readily. Containing antioxidants, the skin is also protected against free radicals and oxidisation – both of which speed of the ageing process. 


If you’re interested in trying squalane oil for yourself, why not give Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil or Indeed Laboratories Squalane Facial Oil a try? Or shop our hand picked products here

 

An hour a day just for you

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, it will soon be time to set our clocks back an hour. A tradition dating back to 1916 in the UK, resetting the time allowed farmers to get a headstart on the day, making the most of the limited daylight hours. But it isn’t only farmers who should get to reap the benefits of that extra hour, you can too. 

At allbeauty we believe in the importance of “me time”, those all too often infrequent moments when we prioritise our own mental wellbeing over the humdrum of daily life.

This Autumn, we challenge you to make the most of gaining an hour by adding self-care to your daily routine. One hour a day, just for you. 

It may sound like a pipe-dream, but taking an hour a day to show yourself some love is a habit that simply takes commitment on your part. It may be going to bed an hour early to enjoy a morning lie-in, or an early start to allow you to begin the day with a face mask and pedicure. Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of your daily life. 


Need inspiration? Here are some of the allbeauty team’s top suggestions for how to spend your power-hour:

Sleep

It may not be the most indulgent or glamorous option on our list, but sleep tops the charts for one of the most beneficial ways to spend an extra hour. Whether it means preparing your lunch and outfit the evening before, or hitting the hay earlier, getting an additional hour of sleep will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to face the day.

Encourage the sandman with these sleep-inducing secret weapons.

Smile Makers 

Ooh-er! Taking some time for self-discovery between the sheets is a fantastic way to prioritise your wellbeing. An orgasm releases oxytocin and dopamine, so you’ll not only be feeling great physically but will also reduce stress, relieve pain and boost your confidence. What better way to start the day?! Evening me-time comes with the added bonus of getting a better night’s sleep too! Win/win!

Pelvic Floor Trainer

It may not seem like the most thrilling way to indulge in self-care (especially after the previous suggestion), but taking time out of your day to do pelvic floor exercises is an investment in your future self. An estimated 3-6 million people in the UK experience urinary incontinence, minimise your risk with targeted pelvic floor training.

Candle and a Bath 

The ultimate in relaxation, a steaming bath paired with a fragrant candle is an ideal way to end the day. Let the heat of the tub soothe your muscles and soften your skin, while an aromatic candle indulges your senses and promotes relaxation. Perfection!

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Face Mask 

We lead busy lives and our skin bears the brunt of that. Sensitivity, dehydration, sun-damage and exposure to pollution are all common factors that lead to lack lustre skin. With a range of face masks designed to target the full spectrum of dermatological complaints, treat yourself at least once a week, preferably in the company of a good book.

Foot mask / Pedicure

Feet are one of the most hardworking parts of our body but are rarely shown the care they deserve, particularly once the sandals have been packed away for the year. Show your tootsies some love with a weekly pedicure and foot mask available at allbeauty

Hair Treatments

As the clocks go back and Autumn arrives, our hair has a season of woolly hats, rain and wind to contend with. Treat your locks to regular moisturising hair masks to condition and strengthen your strands from root to tip.

Teeth Whitening 

With the cooler weather, we all reach for a comforting tea or coffee a little more often. Don’t let your teeth suffer for it. With the iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, you can have a whiter, brighter smile in just 20 minutes a day. The question is, what will you do with your other 40 minutes of me-time?! 


With such a wide range of ideas for prioritising your wellbeing, be sure to put the October 27th in your diary as the day your new self-care routine begins – you deserve it.