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Olive Squalane vs. Squalene

What is squalane/squalene?

Similar to the squalene produced by the body’s oil glands, the olive plant version – called squalane with an “a” – adds to skin’s fast-dwindling supply of lipids to help repair the moisture barrier.

Naturally found in human and animal sebum, squalene is one of the body’s natural lipids that help moisturize and protect the skin from outside stress. Historically, in cosmetics, squalene was derived from shark liver which became an inhuman practice known as shark-livering.

At Furtuna Skin, we source our 100% vegan, plant derived squalane from olives. Knowing that our organic, extra virgin olive oil contains a high amount of squalane, we decided to go directly to the source – olives.

What are the benefits of plant-based squalane?

Olive squalane is a nutrient-rich emollient that helps boost hydration, seal moisture and alleviate dryness to leave the complexion glowing and rejuvenated with no greasy finish. It’s an antioxidant that protects skin against environmental stress and external irritants, such as UV, pollution, smoke etc. Olive squalane is one of the skin’s first line of defense and helps transport nutrients, antioxidants, and water through the skin.

As we age, like many key skin components, our body’s natural production of squalane begins to decline. Hence why our skin becomes drier, rougher, and has a more difficult time retaining moisture as we get older. Peak production of squalene occurs during your teen years and starts to decrease in your 20s and 30s.

Using products with olive based squalane like our Cleansing Oil Balm, Face and Eye Serum, and Biphase Moisturizing Oil will help skin replenishing its moisture supply as well as support its natural squalane production.

Why is Olive based squalane the best alternative?

Olive based squalane is bioidentical to the squalene naturally found in the body. This allows the ingredient to effectively be recognized and accepted by the skin. Not only is the process of sourcing squalene inhumane, the ingredient itself has a short shelf life and is prone to quick oxidation. Meanwhile, olive squalane is a highly stable alternative that comes from a sustainable source.

The Bottom Line

At Furtuna Skin, we are inspired by the world around us. Though squalene and squalane have been used in skincare for years, we strive to use ingredients with eco-friendly and cruelty-free practices, our skincare is as good for you as it is for the Earth. Try botanical skincare ingredients today to make the most of the planet we live on.


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