LAST UPDATED: JAN 17, 2023 / By Nura / IngredientsLibrary

Squalane is a hydrogenated squalene and is use to moisturize the skin since its properties is most similar to human sebum, with the same natural composition of fatty acids and antioxidants.

Squalene is a lipid that produced by human skin cells and also can be found in plants and animals. And same as collagen, squalene quantities will decline over time, especially when human reach its teenage years between 20s to 3os of age.

Squalene was hydrogenated because its properties are unstable to be used in any skincare products and when expose to air, it will become spoil quickly.

Squalane is a colorless and odorless poly-unsaturated hydrocarbon liquid that can hydrate, nourishes, moisturizes, soothes and regenerates the skin. It can be found in both plants and animals such as olives, rice bran and sugarcane. Squalane helps to lock in moisture by forming a barrier on top of the skin’s surface which blocks evaporation.

Squalane is a natural emollient for the skin to prevent water loss from the skin, and has a lightweight texture. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help with reducing swelling and redness; and it also can be used to treat variety of inflammatory skin problems such as;

+ Inflammatory acne,

+ Eczema

+ Psoriasis

+ Dermatitis

+ Rosacea

Squalene also acts as an antioxidant against free radicals, or oxygen-scavenging agent. Squalane can be used to improve the moisture content of the skin and to soften rough patches caused by dryness and irritation.

Squalane is suitable for most types of skin types including acne-prone and sensitive ones because it is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores or make you breakout. Squalane will improve dryness and suppleness of your skin and makes the skin softer.

Squalane oil also helps to regulate sebum production on the cellular level so pores don’t get clogged up and acne won’t form. It keeps your skin properly hydrated, which reduces dry patches and wrinkles in the long run. It also doesn’t leave behind any trace of greasiness on the skin, making it perfect for those who want their skin to be both soft and hydrated without feeling heavy or clogged.


Skin emollients are oils, lipids, and waxes that are added to cosmetics to soften or moisten the skin. Squalane is an emollient and has and antioxidant function to scavenge free radicals.