Olive Squalane is a skin-identical ingredient that can not only help to repair & replenish the skin but can boost elasticity & hydrate too! ... Here's how
Olive Squalane is a botanical lipid that mirrors human lipids in molecular structure and weight. This is the key to squalane's skincare success, it's called 'skin-identical', which means a naturally occurring ingredient our skin already produces and uses.
Of all the ingredients found within the skin's sebum, squalane makes up around 13%. But as we age this percentage decreases. Olive Squalane is a botanical lipid that mirrors human lipids in molecular structure and weight.
This similarity allows it to penetrate the skin completely and synthesise quickly - (at 2mm per second) making it a great delivery system for other ingredients.
Our skin uses squalane to form the skin barrier function, the outermost layer of our skin which behaves as a super-barrier between us and the outside world. It performs a number of vital skin protective and enhancing duties.
When the skins protective barrier is disrupted our skin becomes dehydrated because it is unable to retain its natural moisture levels. It is also vulnerable to environmental damage.
By adding skin identical ingredients, like Squalane to our daily beauty regime we are replenishing our skin with vital components that it already uses
By helping the skin retain water and protect against moisture loss it improves skin suppleness and elasticity, visibly plumping the skin and reducing fine lines.
At Its Core, Olive Squalane Is Made From The Same Building Blocks As Our Skin
Nicknamed 'Natures Facelift' olive squalane is unlike any other oil, in fact, it feels more like a serum with it's clear, colourless, odourless and lightweight consistency.
One of the many benefits of olive squalane is that it is non-comedogenic, which means it is a lightweight, fast-absorbing oil that won't clog pores or leave a greasy residue. Making it great for oily and acne-prone skin types.
Another key to squalanes success is that it is high in powerful antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals that destroy skin cells and damage the skins natural collagen.
These antioxidants also protect against UV damage preventing hyper-pigmentation and the formation of age spots.
How I Use Olive Squalane
I've been using Olive Squalane on my skin for years. It's definitely one of my top favourite oils for the face. I love to use it after all of my at-home treatments because of its pure and replenishing qualities. It never irritates my skin, no matter what treatment I've just done! I also apply it under my face day cream. It's so light, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin so soft.
Olive Squalane is a great addition to your skincare regime all by itself. But, because of its clever ability to penetrate the skin completely and synthesise quickly, makes it a great delivery system for other ingredients. So, I started adding a few drops of essential oil.
Essential Oils For Skin Health
Certain essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties and are superior in the field of anti-aging. It's worth researching all the different oils to find the right blend for your skin type. The Complete Book of Essential Oils &Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood is a great place to start. There are so many other uses for essential oils other than skin health. Nature really does have a cure for everything.
It took me a while to get the correct essential oil blend for my skin. The quality of the oil is everything! Use only organic or wildcrafted. Make sure you are not using photosensitive essential oils like citrus ones if you are going to apply this oil in the morning and expose your skin the UV light.
My Anti-Aging Essential Oil Blend
Frankincense Essential Oil is one of the best anti-aging ingredients in nature. It has the ability to speed up the skin cell regeneration process, replacing old, damaged or dying cells with healthy, new ones, while preserving existing cells. This helps to even out skin tone by reducing acne scars and sunspots. It also has the ability to lift and strengthen the skin, improving tone and elasticity.
Cypress Essential Oil is one of my favourites due to its ability to aid in toxin removal and decrease water retention. It has strong astringent properties, which means it can tighten and lift the skin through the contraction of skin tissues, muscles and blood vessels. It has an amazing ability to stimulate blood flow, and when combined with Frankincense oil, circulation is enhanced bringing fresh, oxygenated blood to the surface of the skin leading to healthy, glowing skin. These two oils synergistically restore and renew skin cells.
Lavender Essential Oil has antioxidant activity that helps to prevent and reverse oxidative stress in the body. According to Dr Josh Axe the body's natural response to free radical damage is to create antioxidant enzymes - glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD) that prevent free radicals from doing their damage. Unfortunately, the body can become deficient in antioxidants if the free radical burden is too great. Which has become very common due to poor diet and high exposure to toxins.
A 2013 study published in Phytomedicine found that lavender oil increased the activity of the body's most powerful antioxidants - glutathione, catalase and superoxide dismutase. More recent studies have indicated similar results.
This DIY (or just squalane by itself) is super hydrating for my skin. If you are on a good skincare regime, ie., deep cleansing, exfoliation, masks, then adding this to your routine will really boost you skin glow!
I apply it after cleansing and toning at night. I do not use this oil in the morning because frankincense oil can be photosensitive.