Squalane VS Squalene
Firstly, squalane is when squalene goes through hydrogenation processing. Which means it turns squalene from an unsaturated oil (very unstable) into a saturated oil – which is much better for our skin. This is because our skin doesn’t produce saturated fatty acids on its own so it can always use a helping hand in this department to better its health.
Squalane also = a longer shelf life. The two words are used interchangeably though, which can be a little confusing however the word squalane is often the word that you’ll find on the ingredient list.
Daniel Isaacs, Director of Research at Medik8 (who you can also catch on our podcast here) breaks it down further adding “the difference between squalene and squalane is reactivity; squalene has reactive double bonds which in skincare can oxidise, block pores and cause blemishes."
"Squalane, however, is entirely unreactive on the skin and non-comedogenic. It is able to penetrate into the natural lipids of the skin, absorbing effortlessly and replenishing the skin’s natural barrier.”
Actually, it's worth mentioning Medik8 have a new squalane-based lip balm which is incredibly hydrating, without being sticky and gives your lips a glow if you want to go sans colour.