Squalane - effect, application and benefits

Squalane: a strange sounding name but an oil with a great effect. You can already find it in our first product, the Body Scrub, and we use it as a component in many of our products or directly for PureBee skin care. The reasons why we are such fans of squalane, how it is won, what it is good for you and your skin and of course how you can best use it can be found in this post!


The oil with the strange name has a very close relative that is found in our skin. The name is just as weird and easy to confuse - the squalene. The skin's own squalene is an unsaturated fatty acid that is very reactive with, for example, oxygen and only 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. This is mainly due to the fact that our skin consists of 15% squalene.  

There are two types of squalane on the market, the vegetable one, which we only use, and the animal one, which is 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 transparent, completely odorless and less greasy. We also like to call it the non-oily oil, because it feels very light on the skin and is quickly absorbed - therefore it also scores 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 hydrolipid film on the skin that is responsible for moisture regulation. The skin is not supplied with water from the outside and the increase in skin moisture occurs from within, since the transdermal water loss is prevented. In contrast to our oleogels, which are more suitable for dry to normal skin, squalane is suitable for 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 a skin care product with oily or blemished skin, squalane is the big exception here. With regular and long-term use, the oily, blemished or even acne-affected skin can even be evened out again. The principle of operation is as follows: As we mentioned earlier, squalane is very similar to our sebum. With oily or blemished skin, there is an overactive sebum. With constant use of squalane, the skin is then pretended that it has already produced sufficient fat. The overproduction is then balanced out and the overloaded pores can relax a little. It also provides moisture and is non-comedogenic, i.e. it does not block pores, which is why squalane can also be used to get a grip on impurities 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 neat to the skin, it turns particularly dry areas into a silky-soft skin feeling. But that is not the only possible application. It is also very suitable for hair. Here, however, it is very individual whether and, if so, how much you need for your hair. Most of the time, 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 down or leave an oily film on your hair, but it still gives you strength.

4. Durability hero
The skin's own substance squalene is unfortunately not very durable and reacts very quickly with the environment. The vegetable squalane, on the other hand, has a more stable molecular structure and can therefore be kept for significantly longer. It can therefore be used in the pure form that you get from us, without further 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 you use as a mom. Our vegetable squalane can be used without hesitation during this time. In addition, sensitive baby skin is also happy about the light oil as a care product. As already discussed in detail, 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 protective skin coat, especially with dry baby or mummy skin. This property is also very helpful in the growing tummy 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, the rule is actually from thin to thick. Oils represent the end of the care routine (except for sun protection in the morning). Although squalane doesn't actually feel like an oil and isn't thick, we would still recommend adding it to the end of your routine. To do this, distribute about three to five drops on your face as required and massage it in with gentle movements. If you moisten the skin beforehand, the squalane can work even faster. Squalane is also ideal if you want to make your facial serums or creams a little richer. Simply mix a few drops of squalane onto your cream on the back of your hand.

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

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

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