The Truth About Squalane: Is it Ethical? Effective? Sustainable?
You hear us talking a lot about Squalane- how its clinically proven to deliver CBD to skin up to 40x better than other carrier oils. But why? And despite that, is it safe, sustainable, and ethnically harvested?
Lets start with two similar sounding ingredients:
Squalene, with an e, is naturally produced by the body. More specifically, it's produced by the sebaceous (oil) glands in our skin. The sebum that our sebaceous glands produce is actually "made up of triglycerides, wax esters, and squalene. It helps your skin stay moisturized.
Squalene is not very stable however, so we saturate it (like a fat) to keep it from oxidizing upon being introduced to air (blackheads anyone?). Again, squalAne is the stable one, and thats the one found in your skincare product.
Why is it able to deliver CBD to your skin better than other carrier oils?
Because Squalane is so similar to your own sebum, it easily sinks into your pores. Its the perfect size to travel into your skin layers. That's why you feel squalane sink in so fast, instead of "sitting on top" of skin.
So where does it come from?
Great question and VERY important. LILIBEL Squalane is harvested in sugarcane plant.
Other sources of squalane include sharks (um, NO. We LOVE Sharks here at LILIBEL. Save the sharks!), rice bran, olives, wheat germ, and amaranth.
Who should or should not use Squalane?
Squalane is especially suited to those who seek anti-aging, since Squalene is reduced in your skin after 30. It is odorless and non-irritating. When starting a new skincare routine one should always spot test first.
Sure, its not animal derived, but is it sustainable?
Yes! It is certified organic and sustainably harvested.