What is that you ask?
Well your brain may not know what it is, but your body sure does. The body already makes squalene oil (note: spelled differently). This oil keeps you smooth and hydrated.
As we get older the body’s production of Squalene oil declines. Spoiler alert: everything declines as we get older. I feel like the production of everything that keeps me young slows as I get older. I have a birthday in two weeks so I’m getting very bitter about all this. Don’t mind me.
Lucky for me, there is a derivative of Squalene oil called Squalane oil. This is a saturated byproduct to help replenish the unsaturated squalene. You have to buy squalane, because if squalene is not hydrogenated it will oxidize, smell like butt, and lose all it’s benefits.
Did I lose you? Too many squalene vs squalane sentences? Ok let’s focus on the parts that matter… why you need squalane oil.
I purchased the Biossance 100% Squalane Oil and it’s been amazing. It’s perfect for all skin types (including oily) and can be used head to toe. It helps with dryness, dullness, roughness, and uneven texture. This Biossance oil specifically is made of 100 Percent Sugarcane-Derived Squalane.
I’m going to break down how to use it on each of your areas, but across the board, I use this as a last step in my routine.
For your face: I use a tiny amount on my face. Because it lacks the oily residue it doesn’t clog my pores and has actually helped with my chin breakouts. It also has worked as a toner–it has helped diminish some of my sun damage and acne scars. I rub a teeny amount between my hands and dab onto my face and neck.
For your skin: This is my favorite way to use Squalane oil. I feel like I have so many products for my face, but skin care is more than just your face, you know? Need to take care of ALL your skin! After dry brushing (Do y’all do this? Know what it is? Should I do a post about dry brushing?) I put a few pumps ALL over my body and hit the dry areas twice–knees, ankles, feet, elbows, etc. I also pay special attention to my cuticles. I get SUPER dry cuticles to the point where if I hit them on something they crack. So I rub each of my cuticles individually with the oil.
For your hair: I only use on my hair when it is super dry. I try to limit my washes during the week to prevent dryness, but when I use the oil I do feel like I need to wash more often. I can tell it makes a big difference in the health and hydration of my hair though. I use one pump and finger-comb sparingly through my hair. I use it like a hair mask. I put it on my wet hair under a shower cap for however long I feel like watching Netflix in a shower cap (scientific I know.) Then I wash my hair. This helps add shine, tame flyaways, and get eliminate split ends and frizz.
My favorite thing about this oil is that I don’t feel oily. It doesn’t leave my feeling like an oil slick! It provides weightless moisture and I just feel hydrated and smooth all over. I love using it after exfoliating and just feel like all of my pores are open and clean. I love the feeling!
Have you used squalane oil? Also, do you know what dry brushing is?
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