What Exactly is Squalane Oil?

What Exactly is Squalane Oil? - Terasana

Ever feel like the beauty and skincare world can get a bit overwhelming at times?

If you get confused when faced with new ingredients every time you go to a beauty store or open social media – we feel you. It can make you feel like you have to try ALL of the skincare products, often to the detriment of your skin, the planet, – and your budget. 

But don’t worry…skincare doesn’t have to be complicated! In fact, it shouldn’t be.

All you really need is just a few quality products with the right ingredients. And some of the best ingredients come right from Mama Earth, with little to no manipulation. So when you’re trying to figure out the best skincare routine for you, a great option to turn to is high-quality products made from natural oils.

Okay okay, natural oils, got it. But what specific oils are the best?

Well, not all oils are created equal, and many are not suitable for all kinds of skin types. One ingredient that does deserve a spotlight and a spot on your skincare roster is squalane oil. 

What exactly is squalane oil, though? Let’s take a deep dive to learn all about this star ingredient, its many benefits, and how to add it into your self-care routine.

What is Squalane Oil?

Squalane oil isn’t as mysterious as it may sound. This naturally moisturizing ingredient is made from a substance called squalene, which can be found throughout nature in things like eggs, plants, fish, and even the human body. 

In humans, squalene is produced in the liver and can be found in your blood and your skin, although the amount in your body starts to decline after age thirty or so. Luckily you can turn to other sources to help give your skin the boost it needs. 

Although squalene can be found throughout nature, it’s not an ideal ingredient in skincare products. This is because this finicky ingredient spoils when it’s exposed to oxygen. That’s where squalane comes in. 

Squalane oil is a hydrogenated version of squalene. This added hydrogen keeps squalane from spoiling like squalene does when exposed to oxygen, which means it won’t go bad when sitting on your shelf. Science has made it possible to turn this incredible natural oil into something that can be sustainably used in skincare products. 

Wondering how to make squalane part of your skincare squad? Let’s take a look at the incredible benefits of squalane oil, both for you, and the planet. 

Benefits of Squalane Oil

Different skin types may need different things, but there are factors to consider before you add something else into your arsenal. Skincare products affect everyone differently, so it’s important to understand the product and your skin!

Think about questions like: 

  • What sort of ingredients are in the product?
  • How were these ingredients made or sourced?
  • What is the packaging like?
  • Is this product affordable for me?
  • Will these ingredients actually be helpful for my specific skin conditions?

Asking these questions and getting to know what’s in your products by learning all about the main ingredients – like squalane – is one of the best things you can do to help your skin.

In your research, you may also learn about other benefits of your products. For example, one of the most awesome things about squalane is that it does more than just work miracles on your skin. It also helps create a healthier planet!

So what else can squalane do to help your skin? Let’s take a deeper dive into the benefits of squalane.

Benefits for Your Skin

If you have sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, or some other skin conditions, you may be wary of trying out new ingredients. That’s totally understandable! Trust us, been there, tried it all.

Whether you’ve wasted money on products that didn’t work or you’ve suffered reactions from products with harsh ingredients, it can be hard to try new products when you’ve gone through irradiation, breakouts, redness, and disappointment.

And while there’s no holy grail when it comes to skincare, certain ingredients tend to be more beneficial and gentler than others. Squalane is one of those miraculous ingredients that is good for most skin types and conditions. The benefits of squalane are nearly endless. 


Remember that we mentioned humans have the precursor to squalane: squalene naturally in our bodies?

Well, when you age, those levels decline, causing us to lose elasticity and moisture as the years go on. You can help slow down this process by keeping your skin well moisturized from an early age. And squalane is the perfect ingredient to do that.

It’s especially great thanks to its lightweight consistency. When your skin is moisturized, it not only appears healthier, it is healthier. This keeps you looking vibrant and radiant. 

Anti Aging

Aging is beautiful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to protect the health of your skin in the meantime! That’s one of the many benefits of squalane oil. 

This super ingredient helps to slow down the aging process thanks to the antioxidants present in it. The job of antioxidants is to help fight skin damage and free radicals, which can make you age faster, inside and out.

Not to mention that regular squalane use can increase your skin’s collagen production. This extra collagen helps to keep skin firm and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


If you have acne-prone skin, it can be somewhat of a nightmare trying to find the right products. 

You need something that will zap zits without drying your skin. Something that will reduce inflammation, not add to it. A product that not only helps to stop new acne from forming but improves your skin’s texture at the same time. 

Can you take a wild guess at what ingredient may help you do that? You got it. Squalane. 

While it’s not an end-all-be-all cure, Squalane oil is anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce inflammation and swelling.

You might have experienced your skin drying out from other acne products, or try to overcompensate with moisturizers that then make you break out more. Squalane oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores. 

That means you get to benefit from its moisturizing abilities, without the risk of a breakout. 

Squalane oil doesn’t just help with these common skin conditions and problems, it also helps to boost the overall health of your skin. 

Squalane for Skin Health

Moisturizing, anti-aging and helping prevent pesky pimples are all great features of a skin care product, but it’s important to focus on your skin’s overall health, as well – even when it seems fine on the outside already.

If you’re familiar with superfoods like berries, garlic, and dark leafy greens, you can think of squalane oil as a superfood for your skin. Not only is it all-natural, but it helps to keep your skin healthy, which ultimately means a healthier you overall!

You now know just how moisturizing squalane oil is. One of the reasons it’s also to do this without clogging your pores is because it mimics your skin’s natural sebum.

Sebum is an oily, waxy substance that coats, moisturizes, and protects your skin. While too much of it can make your skin appear oily and lead to breakouts, it is necessary for healthy skin. 

Since squalane oil mimics your body’s sebum, it’s able to moisturize your skin in the same way that your body does naturally, without leaving it feeling oily. This helps to minimize the risk of breakouts.

One of the other driving forces behind breakouts is bacteria. Your skin naturally has a certain amount of bacteria and other microbes on it, but when there’s an imbalance you often see skin issues like acne. Squalane oil is antibacterial in nature, meaning it helps to ward off harmful or excess bacteria that could cause irritation and acne. 

All of these incredible benefits make squalane oil great for most skin types, no matter what you have going on under the surface. Our favorite way to incorporate it is in a face serum. But your skin doesn’t stop at your face. 

Let’s dig into how else can squalane oil benefit you…

Squalane for Hair Health

When thinking about your skin, don’t forget about your scalp! A healthy scalp is a sign of healthy hair. Much like skincare, many hair care products are full of ingredients that don’t do the job that they promised. Squalane oil is here to change that. 

Silicone is commonly used in many hair care products. While it can make your hair look great, it also can be damaging to your hair, can cause build-up, and can be difficult to wash out. Squalane oil is being used more and more as an alternative to silicone. 

What are the benefits of squalane for your hair health?

Squalane can be used to keep your hair moisturized and healthy while preventing damage. Much like when used on your face, it absorbs quickly and is lightweight. It’s especially beneficial for dry, frizzy hair.

Not to mention that, unlike silicone, squalane oil is biodegradable, meaning it’s a whole lot better for the environment. That’s not the only thing it’s good for!

Squalane for Nail Health

We’ve gotta hand it to squalane oil. It sure does pack a punch in all the skincare departments. Your skin is looking fresh, your hair fierce, but what about your nails? 

You guessed it. Squalane oil can also be used to get your nail beds looking just as good as the rest of you. Got dry cuticles? Not anymore! Cue-squalane.

Squalane oil can be great to help heal dry cuticles. Unlike many other lotions and products made for your nails, squalane oil gets the job done without leaving your hands slippery and oily. Nails done, hair done, everything done!

Not only are you well moisturized and feeling great, choosing squalane oil can help you feel great about your carbon footprint (or lack thereof).

Benefits for The Planet

We are part of nature, and the solutions we turn to for our skincare needs should help support our bodies, and the world around us. Squalane does just that. 

Although squalane is naturally derived, people sometimes source it from sharks’ livers. Sharks are a critical part of marine health, and overfishing them causes extreme damage to the oceans and the rest of the world. Luckily, squalane can also be sourced directly from plants, which is the most environmentally friendly option.

Squalane oil can even be sustainably sourced from things like sugarcane – which is where Terasana gets our squalane from. Sugarcane is an incredibly efficient plant that's easy to grow and propagate. That means it’s relatively easy to replenish this source of squalane oil, instead of doing damage to plant systems. 

Using clean skincare products made with ingredients like squalane oil is your first step in creating a skincare routine that is both sustainable and gives you the skin of your dreams.

Where and How to Add Squalane to Your Skin and Self Care Ritual

If you want clear skin, moisturized hair, and healthy nails, welcome to the club. No need to keep pouring money and products down the drain that can’t get the job done (not to mention that’s a total waste)! You want an ingredient that can do it all, and be gentle on the planet. 

So you’re ready to hop on the squalane oil train but aren’t sure where to start. Adding a new ingredient into your self-care ritual doesn’t have to be daunting, it can be fun! Think of it as a way to nurture yourself, so that you can feel better in every area of your life. 

A good place to start is to look for products that help your skin absorb the maximum benefits squalane has to offer.

Your products don’t need a bunch of ingredients. In fact, less is often more. A great option is a moisturizing serum that you would use after cleansing your face. Terasana’s Clear + Control miracle serum is an awesome way to start incorporating squalane oil into your life.

Are you apprehensive about dropping coin on a new product? The good news is that plant-derived squalane comes from an abundant plant source, which also makes it more affordable and easier to access no matter what your budget is!

Glowing skin, silky hair, and glossy nails are in your future. You can get all this while prioritizing the health of the planet, and your budget thanks to incredible squalane oil.

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