If You're Over 20 Years Old, You Should Be Using Squalane Oil

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Gone are the days when the only treatment for fine lines was in the form of injections. The one problem: With so many creams and serums claiming to be the fountain of youth, how do you miraculously stumble upon the one that works best for you? Well, we’ve discovered a damn good contender—let us introduce you to a little product called squalane oil.

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So, what is squalane oil?
Squalane oil (with an “a”) is a natural byproduct of squalene oil (with an “e”), which is already produced in our bodies. Squalane is almost always plant-derived from sources like olives, rice bran and sugarcane. It won’t clog pores. And it’s so fast-absorbing that it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Basically, it’s a magical skin-care ingredient that helps prevent premature aging. (Also, it’s like $11 on Amazon.)

What are the benefits of using squalane oil?
As early as our 20s, our natural production of squalene begins to decline. But our bodies know exactly what to do with the sister treatment, so it can help maintain oil levels for a dewy, youthful glow (no matter what your license really says). Not to mention, it’s a serious daily moisturizer for skin conditions like eczema due to its soothing and cell-regenerating abilities. And it even helps to protect against environmental stressors and free radicals, meaning it can reduce hyperpigmentation and signs of aging.

How do you use it?
For ageless skin: Though you can apply straight to the skin, squalane oil works best when mixed with your daily moisturizer. Add a few drops morning and night to reap the benefits of naturally plumper skin.

To seal split ends: Much like your skin, when squalane is used on your hair, it mimics your natural sebum, helping to sustain softness and seal the cuticle. Rub a few drops between your palms and smooth it over your ends for added shine.

And hydrate dry cuticles: Because this oil absorbs quickly, it won’t leave your fingers with that slick, greasy feeling you sometimes get from cuticle oil. Dab a drop on the base of each nail and massage into cuticles any time you need an extra dose of moisture—but especially after removing gels or acrylics, which tend to dry out your nails.

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