We’ve slathered every which type of oil on our skin—olive, argan, coconut, jojoba, avocado, to name five. A new contender that landed on our desks: Squalane oil. It’s a hot new ingredient that’s popping up in skincare products and gaining industry buzz. The oil was once purely derived from shark liver (yikes!), which is considered to be the richest source of Squalane. However, there are now all-natural, cruelty-free ways to obtain Squalane via plant sources like Amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives.

Squalane is suitable for all skin types—it won’t clog pores, leave oily residue, or cause allergic reactions. The oil is supposed to stimulate new cell growth, reduce free radical oxidative damage, prevent age spots, heal dry skin, and it even has antibacterial properties. What’s special about Squalane is that its molecular structure resembles that of our own skin, which means that our skin can synthesize Squalane faster than other oils. Essentially, it works quicker and more effectively. Here are a couple products containing the star ingredient:

Indie Lee & Co. Squalane Facial Oil, $32
Indie Lee & Co. (shown above) is a prestige, toxin-free skincare line. Indie’s formulation is derived from olives and combats skin conditions like rosacea, blemishes and dry skin—it’s the company’s “hero” product.

Heir Atelier Ultimate Make Up Prep, $38
The serum is designed to be worn under makeup for a dewy finish without looking greasy.  It contains Squalane and Jojoba Oils and we love that you don’t need to use an additional moisturizer. posted by Cody

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