What is Squalane?
by Kati Vardon
You may have noticed squalane mentioned within beauty articles and seen it as an ingredient in some of your skincare products, but do you know what it is and why it is good for your skin?
Squalene and Squalane
Squalene is produced naturally by our skin cells and is also found within, amongst other plants, olives, rice bran and sugarcane. It is also present in the liver of sharks. In the human body, squalene is a lipid produced by the sebaceous glands. It is a component of sebum (oil) and acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin. It is an antioxidant with the power to protect our skin. Unfortunately, production slows as we reach our twenties, leaving the skin drier.
Squalene can be harvested from some of the sources shown, but is quick to oxidise so must be converted from an unsaturated oil to a saturated oil. This is where hydrogenation changes squalene into a stable version – known as squalane.
Antioxidants in squalane
Squalene is an antioxidant which remains after its conversion to squalane. Antioxidants protect against free radicals causing damage to your skin cells, helping deliver a radiant complexion. For information on free-radicals and the damage they cause, please see our blog. They also help to reduce the signs of ageing, so are an excellent addition to your skincare routine.
Squalane in skincare
Check that the squalane found within your face, body and hair products is derived from plants and not sharks. This is for reasons of sustainability, cruelty and environmental impact.
Even though Squalane is an oil, it is lightweight and doesn’t have an oily feel to it. It has no odour and is non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t clog pores. Always make sure you cleanse your skin, to remove any dead skin cells and bacteria, before applying any moisturiser, otherwise you can end up sealing the impurities in rather than keeping them out.
Squalane is rich in vitamins A and E, and increases moisture, softens and smooths the skin.
It is believed that squalane has anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce skin redness and relieve the symptoms of acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea.
Squalane from Pevonia
The squalane used in Pevonia’s skincare ranges is derived only from Spanish green olives. As it has the same lipid structure as sebum and squalene in our skin, it is compatible with human skin lipids.
Professional Spa/Salon Face Treatments
Luminous ‘C’ & Sea Facial - 1 hour
A potent blend of stabilised Vitamin ‘C’ combines with the latest high-tech formulation of freeze-dried Seaweed and Squalane. This facial is ideal for reducing fine lines, strengthening elasticity and providing relief for dull, sun-damaged skin. The refreshing, soft lift-off mask will restore a youthful appearance as the complexion is renewed, firmed and left extremely smooth, rendering the skin nothing but luminous. Recommended to delay the signs of ageing and to lighten and brighten a dull, sallow skin.
Lumafirm Body Firm & Glow Treatment - 1 hour
Enriched with an exclusive combination of anti-ageing extracts, the latest in peptides, and an amazing liposomic technology, you will be looking youthfully radiant from head to toe. Deeply repairing, smoothing, and de-ageing, this wrap leaves every inch of skin velvety soft while rendering your body visibly rejuvenated, instantly firmer and more toned.
Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Treatment - 1 hour
This ground-breaking plant-based treatment redefines the anti-ageing facial! Infused with the first-ever blend of argan and comfrey stem cells and supercharged de-agers like collagen, retinol, elastin and other key actives, it starts working from the first application. Visibly reducing lines and wrinkles, it delivers a smoother skin surface, and long-term protection of the skin’s naturally repairing stem cells.
Anti-Free Radicals Mask Treatment - 1 hour
This facial treatment combats dry, dehydrated skin. Vitamin-enriched, it infuses the skin with vitamins A, E, and D, ﬁghting free radicals that cause premature ageing. This dramatic bi-thermal treatment mask ﬁrst warms to promote vitamin absorbency within the skin, then cools to seal in hydrating beneﬁts, ﬁrm and reﬁne the skin. Hard lift-off mask.
Escutox® Freeze-Dried Anti-Wrinkle Facial Treatment - 1 hour
Upgrade your facial with Escutox®, Pevonia’s exclusive formulation of hibiscus extract, which has been freeze-dried to preserve the active ingredients to deliver outstanding results. Designed to stimulate the nerve endings, Escutox® will repair the skin; relax wrinkles, increase hydration and skin’s suppleness with the use of Squalane, which will result in a visibly youthful complexion. Recommended for mature skin types.
At Home Products include:
Dry Skin Line
Spa Care For Him
Stem Cells Phyto-Elite™ Line
Power Repair® Age-Correction Line
Spa Clinica® Micro-Retinol™ Line
De-Ageing Spa Body Line
For details on your local Pevonia spa, head to our Spa Finder
Each of the products may be purchased at spas and salons offering Pevonia products or by visiting www.pevonia.co.uk