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Don’t Buy A Winter Moisturiser Without This Star Ingredient...
When it comes to skincare, there are so many ingredients touted as "must-haves" and "game-changers", you'd be forgiven for finding it difficult to work out exactly which ones (if any) are worth your hard-earned money.
What is squalane and where does it come from?
What are the skincare benefits of squalane?
Squalane acts as an 'emollient', says Chris, so it helps retain moisture inside of our skin. "All skin types need emollients to nourish and keep in moisture," he explains. Squalane's moisture-trapping credentials are what makes it a great ingredient for dry skin, adds Claire. Though it feels very similar to an oil, which is typically known to block up pores and make the skin greasy, Claire mentions that it is non-comedogenic, which means it's less likely to clog the skin and result in spots. "It is very light in texture, making it more wearable for oily and congested skin types," says Claire. That's not all, though. "It's also anti-inflammatory, so it's excellent for oily and acne-prone skin."
With that in mind, Claire says that squalane is a perfect skincare ingredient to use in the winter. "Squalane forms a breathable barrier on the skin that can reduce water loss and maintain the skin's moisture levels. The ingredient protects from excessive heat from central heating and extreme cold, too." You can expect an overall improved skin barrier (healthy, soft, soothed skin), says Claire, and because it keeps skin hydrated, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles may be minimised.
What are the best skincare products with squalane?
The Ordinary is a popular brand which mixes potent ingredients with moisturising squalane, for example, The Ordinary Retinol Serum 1% in Squalane, £5.85, and the brand new Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution, £5.20. "The addition of squalane to these ingredients can reduce irritation and improve the outcomes for your skin by reducing inflammation and slowing down the penetration of these actives," explains Claire. In other words, squalane acts as a cushion on the skin, so that you're less likely to feel sensitivity, which can be common with some of the above-mentioned ingredients.