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Squalane from olive oil – Squalane

General information / Trivia:

  • Archaeological finds of olive trees date back >9000 years 
  • It is believed that olive trees were first cultivated 4000 B.C.  in Syria and Crete
  • Today the olive tree is an important part of the Mediterranean nature 
  • Olives are used for many different purposed: as food, for producing olive oil, and as skincare ingredients
  1. Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Squalene, and Squalane are the primary skincare ingredients derived from olives


      Effects on Skin:

      • Refatting / moisturising
      • Soothes and revitalises the complexion 
      • Silky skin feeling
      • Active carrier: helps the skin to absorb active ingredients


      Scientific facts:

      Squalene is a lipid naturally produced by human skin cells and is part of sebum. It plays a key role in protection and lubrication of the skin. Approximately 10% -12% of the skin’s oil are made up of squalene. It is also a skincare ingredient, which was traditionally made from shark liver. Today, there are also vegetable sources for squalene, primarily olive oil. It however is not stable as a skincare ingredient and oxidizes quickly. 

      For the use in skincare products, squalene is hydrogenated into squalane, a stable form of the ingredient.

      Squalane is technically an oil, yet it does not have an oily feel. It has antibacterial, noncomedogenic (non-pore clogging), lightweight, moisturising, and skin barrier protecting properties. It is suited for sensitive and even acne-prone skin.


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