Squalan - Wirkung, Anwendung und Vorteile

Squalane - Effect, Application and Benefits

Squalane: funny sounding name but an oil with a big effect. You can already find it in our first product, the Body Scrub, and we use it as an ingredient in many of our products or directly for PureBee skin care. In this article you will find out why we are such fans of squalane, how it is obtained, what it is good for you and your skin and of course how you can best use it!


The weirdly named oil has a very close relative that is found in our skin. The name is just as weird and easily confused - the squalene. This skin's own squalene is an unsaturated fatty acid that is very reactive with oxygen, for example, and has a very short shelf life. Therefore, it is unsuitable for cosmetics production.

We therefore use saturated squalene, the so-called squalane. This does not oxidize as quickly, is heat-stable and therefore more durable and effective. However, squalane still offers the same benefits as squalene for our skin. Our vegetable squalane is very similar to the skin's own sebum (tallow). This is mainly because our skin consists of 15% squalene.

There are two types of squalane on the market, plant-based, which we use exclusively, and animal-based, made from shark livers. Our vegetable squalane (also called phytosqualane) is obtained from vegetable oil residues from Portuguese olives. But it is not comparable to a conventional olive oil. Squalane is clear, completely odorless and less greasy. We also like to call it the non-oily oil as it feels very light on the skin and absorbs quickly - hence it scores well with oily skin.


1. Squalane for more moisture
Here the squalane follows the same principle as our oleogels. It helps the skin to form the hydrolipidic film on the skin, which is responsible for moisture regulation. No water is supplied to the skin from the outside and the increase in skin moisture occurs from the inside, since transdermal water loss is prevented. In contrast to our oleogels, which are more suitable for dry to normal skin, squalane suits all skin types, including impure or oily skin, which brings us to our second point...

2. Squalane for blemishes, acne and oily skin
Even if you want to avoid oils as skin care products with oily or impure skin, squalane is the big exception here. With regular and prolonged use, oily, impure or even acne-affected skin can even be rebalanced. The principle of operation is as follows: As we have already mentioned, squalane is very similar to our sebum (tallow). In the case of oily or impure skin, there is an overactive sebum. With constant use of squalane, the skin is then fooled into thinking that it has already produced enough fat. The overproduction is then balanced and the overloaded pores can relax a little. It's also moisturizing and non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't clog pores, which is why squalane can also help get rid of blemishes and acne.

3. The oil for every purpose
Squalane has a very light texture and is very economical. Therefore, a lot can be achieved with very little. Applied pure to the skin, it makes particularly dry areas feel silky soft. But that's not the only possible application. It is also very suitable for the hair. Here, however, it is very individual whether and if so how much you need for your hair. In most cases, however, the oil can also be used for less thick, normal and, depending on the type, sometimes for finer hair as a leave-in product after shampooing. It doesn't weigh hair down or leave an oily film on your hair, but it still gives it strength.

4. Durability Hero
Unfortunately, the skin's own substance squalene does not last very long and reacts very quickly with the environment. The vegetable squalane, on the other hand, has a more stable molecular structure and is therefore much longer lasting. So it can be used in its pure form, as you get it from us, without any preservatives for months without it going bad.

5. An oil for mom and baby too
Especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is important to find out more about the cosmetics that a mother uses. Our vegetable squalane can be used without hesitation during this time. In addition, the sensitive baby skin is also happy about the light oil as care. Because, as already discussed at length, squalane is not a foreign substance for the skin, it already knows it from its own sebum, so the oil is anti-allergenic. It therefore helps to restore the skin's protective layer, especially in the case of dry baby or mum skin. This property is also very helpful with a growing tummy in order to avoid stretch marks as much as possible.


Our squalane comes in a practical pipette bottle and is therefore super easy to dose. The only important thing is the order in which you use your products. In general, it actually goes from thin to thick. Oils therefore represent the end of the care routine (except for sun protection in the morning). While squalane doesn't actually feel like an oil, nor is it thick, we would still recommend adding it to the end of your routine. Depending on your needs, spread around three to five drops on your face and massage it in with gentle movements. If you moisten the skin beforehand, the squalane can work even faster. In addition, the squalane is ideal if you want to make your face serums or creams a little richer. Simply mix a few drops of squalane into your cream on the back of your hand.

Our all-round talent is also great for hair. After washing your hair, knead a few drops of the oil into your hair lengths. For finer hair, 2-3 drops are sufficient.

Squalane is also great for the body. Especially if you need further care between the body scrub applications, whether for dry winter skin or thirsty summer skin, you can massage your body with squalane.

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