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You may have heard about the ingredient squalene and its skin benefits. As is the case with some cosmetics manufacturers, it may have been hyped, leaving you to wonder if squalene does in fact deliver benefits to skin. Yet, squalene does have clinical research to back up its benefits when used topically and in this post, we'll explore that further.

Where Does Squalene Come From?  

There are a few different sources of squalene, including that produced by our own bodies. Sebum is produced within the sebaceous glands as a natural lubricant for our skin. It helps to keep moisture from escaping while helping our skin maintain its supple appearance. Squalene is a major part of sebum's composition, making up nearly 10%. It's also available from the liver of sharks as well as certain foods, such as olives and wheat germ.

Benefits Of Squalene  

Because it's part of our skin's natural lubrication, we know that squalene has a moisturizing effect on the skin. Tests have also shown that the ingredient not only provides hydration, but it can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This is likely due in some part to its antioxidant properties; squalene is able to prevent free radical damage that causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin. It has also been known to relieve symptoms related to eczema and psoriasis. The only problem is that our bodies cannot produce squalene in high quantities.

Cosmetic manufacturers have recently started paying more attention to the efficacy of the substance and as a result you may start to see its inclusion in more products. It's worth noting that the results you'll see from using formulations with squalene will depend largely on its concentration within the product.

Applied Topically  

Tests have shown that squalene can be absorbed effectively into the skin and as a result, it's well-suited for topical application. Formulations that include the ingredient can provide moisture and hydration to the skin while offering the benefits of antioxidants. Olive oil, which is used by many women as a trusted standby for dry skin contains squalene. And, here a couple of formulations that you may also want to consider:

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