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The Benefits of Squalane Oil in Your Skincare Routine

The Benefits of Squalane Oil in Your Skincare Routine

The Benefits of Squalane Oil in Your Skincare Routine

Moist is one of the most hated words in the entire world. I’ve never really understood why – I mean, sure it’s not a great word… but it’s not a bad word. In fact, without the word moist you couldn’t have moisturizer and I flipping love moisturizer. The most hated word should be dry because dry skin is a total pain in the butt (amiright?)

That’s why today we’re going to be talking about the benefits of Squalane Oil in your skincare routine.

What is Squalane Oil?

Squalane oil is produced naturally in our bodies to ahem, keep things moist. But it is also present and naturally occurring in plants; the most common plant-derived source is from Olives.

Squalane oil is not to be confused with Squalene Oil. Think of them as sisters, except one is just a little bit more stable than the other and is a saturated fat while the other one is unsaturated fat (if that even makes sense?) Squalane (with an a) is the more stable oil and is used for cosmetic and skincare uses. In fact, Squalane oil is a more stable oil than coconut oil!

It absorbs into the skin very quickly. Like Jojoba oil, Squalane is similar to natural oils produced from our sebaceous glands (or pores) and therefore has the ability to mimic natural oils. This also helps to aid oily skin because it tricks your skin into thinking that it has already produced that oil (or at least that’s what I’ve been told.)

The Benefits of Squalane Oil in Your Skincare


Benefits of Squalane Oil


The obvious reason Squalane Oil is a great oil for your skincare routine is because it’s super hydrating! Once you begin to age, your natural Squalane oil production will begin to reduce (which is why it is more common to have dry skin.) Therefore keeping Squalane Oil in your skincare routine will hold the moisture in your skin.


Everyone knows that the best way to combat aging is to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized – whether it be by using moisturizers, oils or drinking lots of water. Due to the moisturizing effects of Squalane oil it helps slow down the effects of aging, naturally.


Another benefit of Squalane Oil in your skincare routine is the fact that it is non-comedogenic. Meaning that it will not clog your pores and cause more acne or pimples. Unlike coconut oil, this more closely mimics our natural oil production and does not create any build up.

Squalane oil is also great for people who suffer from skin sensitivities such as eczema and psoriasis. As it’s so similar to our naturally produced oils it is also non-allergenic. If you suffer from a sensitive skin condition you can use Squalane oil to moisturize, protect and soothe the skin.

Prevents Free Radical Damage

Okay, I know that this statement seems to float around the Green Beauty community a lot. Seriously, if I had a nickel for every time that I read this or was told that a product “prevents free radical damage” I’d be rich (if only!) Squalane Oil creates a barrier on the skin which helps stop any free radicals from entering your skin… which in turn also helps slow the process of aging.

Health Benefits of Squalane Oil

According to the Indie Lee Website, Squalane oil helps to prevent certain forms of cancer, improve blood circulation, lower cholesterol levels and overall energy levels (something I desperately need come the Winter Solstice!)

indie lee squalane oil

Indie Lee Squalane Oil $40.00 CAD from 

My first foray into the journey of Squalane Oil is with the Indie Lee Squalane Oil. It is naturally derived from Olives – which is important to look out for! There are certain brands that may still derive their Squalane from animals like sharks. I have been using this for over a month and I have seen a huge improvement in my skin!

As I mentioned in my Penny Lane Organic Moisturizer post (a.k.a the best natural moisturizer!) I found that since using the combination of these products (moisturizer during the day and Squalane Oil at night) I have not had a single dry patch on my skin. If you know anything about the fickle Canadian weather, you’re well aware that these past few weeks have been a constant roller coaster ride (a.k.a it’s warm one day and then freezing the next!)

There’s one simple ingredient in the Indie Lee Squalane Oil; Squalane derived from Olives. You’re not paying for a watered down version of Squalane oil. You’re getting the real deal. There’s no nasty chemicals nor scents. Although pricey, you only need to use a couple drops. It absorbs quickly and does not leave your skin feeling oily or greasy.

In the summer I’m sure that this will be a superfluous product in my skincare routine, but for the cold and dry winter months this is definitely staying as a part of my skincare routine. If you’re looking for a Squalane Oil to try – you bet that this is the creme de la crop. I’ve literally seen nothing but rave reviews and that’s because it’s all true, this stuff is like magic or something.

Where can I purchase the Indie Lee Squalane Oil?

The Indie Lee Squalane oil is available on the Indie Lee website, or even Cult Beauty (for my UK folk!)

Do you hate the word moist? 


*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

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  • This is interesting as this is the first time I’m reading about this oil. Thank you for the introduction and I will have to research more into squalane oil.

  • Ooooh thank you for listing out all the benefits of squalane oil! I knew it was naturally produced by our skin but I had no idea it had so many beneficial side effects. This indie lee oil is sitting in my cart at dermstore and I think this post is just the push I needed to get it 😉

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Hahaha – definitely a must have product for the winter! I’m sure you’ll love it. Thanks for reading Mili 🙂

  • I’ve just started to hear quite a bit about squalane oil – I don’t think I’d ever heard of it prior to about a month ago. This post was super informative, so thank you so much for that. I have dry skin but I find some oils don’t absorb well on my face, so I’d be interested to see if this does work well for me. The Ordinary has squalane for $7.90 so I might try that to dip my toes into it next time I’m at the Deciem store!

    • yeah! Definitely try it out. I was really impressed by how well it absorbs into the skin. That’s a great price!

  • I dont hate the word moist, but as I am no native speaker, I am not sure if that may be the reason. It is hard to feel strongly about a language not your own.
    Somewhen last summer I reviewed a similar product, pure squalane oil, and while I liked it, I passed it on to my sister. Personally I want more than one oil in my blend.
    To maybe clarify a little on the free radical damage: Squalane acts as an antioxidant. Free radical don’t really “enter” the skin, they are produced in the skin through a reaction with, for example, UV rays. Of course some of them are triggered by pollution, and this can be held back a little by a protective layer, but you won’t be able to prevent it completely with a product that has no antioxidative effects.
    Did that help?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Haha, true! It seems people that hate it have English as their native language. That’s a much better description of Free radical damage. Thanks for reading, Anne!

  • SamanthaSeries

    I was looking at this product on Well! 😛 Thanks for the great explanation on Squalane. I am confused what a free radical is though lol, I see that term all the time but I have no idea what it is!

    • UV rays are an example of Free radicals, or even pollution in the air. I think it’s a pretty broad term.. though I wouldn’t call myself an expert by any means!

  • This is the first time I heard about oil. I haven’t seen it in any stores, I wonder if I didn’t really pay attention to the shelves. I’ll check if any of the local stores have that oil, quick absorbing and non-comedogenic… what else can I ask for 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I’m not sure if it is available in stores. I purchased it online, but I know that there are other companies that make Squalane oil! Good Luck 🙂

  • This was an informative read, thanks for sharing!

  • La Veine

    Such a great, informative post! Didn’t even know what a squalane oil was 🙂

  • Well, doesn’t this one sound incredible? I learn so much about skincare from your blog, Lindsey. I will definitely keep a look on this oil 🙂 Also, I am not the fan of a word ‘moisturizer’ simply because I suck at spelling it… ups?

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • This sounds amazing; I haven’t heard of this oil before and want to try it! I’ve heard some really good things about Indie Lee, not sure where to get it here in Vancouver though!

  • I couldn’t help but giggle a bit in the beginning, heheh. And this is crazy because I’ve never heard of Squalene Oil before, but it sounds just like something I need in my life! I’m also a sucker for packing so I really will look into trying out Indie Lee as well!


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