Why Squalane is Not Something to Fear (Unless You're a Shark)

Posted by Deepa Bharat on

Let's talk squalane. It's the latest skincare ingredient that everyone is buzzing about, and for good reason. Squalane is a naturally occurring compound that is found in human sebum (that's the oily stuff our skin produces), as well as in other sources like olives and sugarcane. It's a great moisturizer that helps to hydrate and plump the skin, and it's also lightweight and non-greasy, making it perfect for all skin types. So why are some people still afraid of squalane? Well, the answer is simple: sharks.


Yes, you read that right. Sharks are the reason why some people are hesitant to use squalane. You see, squalane is derived from squalene, a compound that is found in the livers of sharks. And while most skincare companies use squalane that is derived from plant sources (like olives and sugarcane), there are still some who use shark liver oil to make their squalane. And that's where the fear comes in.

But here's the thing: you don't have to fear squalane, even if you're a shark. For starters, most skincare companies that use squalane specifically state that their squalane is derived from plants, so you can rest easy knowing that no sharks were harmed in the making of your moisturizer. And even if a company does use shark liver oil to make their squalane, the amount of squalene that is actually extracted from a shark is quite small (less than 1%). So unless you're a shark with a grudge against humans, there's really no reason to fear squalane.

In fact, you should be embracing squalane, not running from it. Not only is it a great moisturizer, but it also has anti-aging properties and can help to protect your skin from environmental stressors. And let's be real, who doesn't want to look young and fresh-faced for as long as possible? So go ahead, slather on some squalane and let your skin soak up all that moisturizing goodness. Your skin (and your conscience) will thank you for it.

So there you have it, folks. Squalane is not something to fear, unless you're a shark (in which case, you should probably be more concerned about overfishing and ocean pollution). Embrace the squalane and let your skin glow like the beautiful sea creature you are (minus the whole shark thing).