So in the first installment of this meat eaters series, I confessed to my meat eating ways and tried to convert you over to the dark side of natural skin care. Now that we know all about rendering fat from emu rumps, it’s time to find another animal to sacrifice on the alter of beauty. This time around we’ll talk about squalane benefits, and sacrifice the shark on the altar of beauty.
Squalane is a remarkable nutrient. It’s both a lipid and an antioxidant. It belongs to a class of antioxidants called isoprenoids. Our bodies produce it naturally, but as part of the aging process the body produces less of it, and the result is drier skin.
Like all antioxidants, squalane neutralizes the effects of free radicals. Since it’s a lipid (fat), it also acts as a moisturizer. Because it penetrates the skin quickly, squalane is a popular cosmetic ingredient. Luckily, it’s also found in nature.
Squalane vs. Squalene
Shark liver used to be the primary source for squalane; however, it can also be obtained from olives. Most cosmetic manufacturers don’t bother to mention its source on the label. As I mentioned, it’s an antioxidant so it prevents UV damage to include age spots. It’s also antibacterial and promotes cell growth. Overall, it’s an excellent ingredient to have in your anti-aging arsenal.
You may also see it spelled squalene. This is basically the same thing, but squalane is considered to be the most stable of the two having a longer shelf life in the presence of oxygen..
In addition to various skin care products, you can find squalane in olive oil based soap and supplements.