Olive Squalane

Olive squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar to the squalene produced by our skin’s sebaceous glands. Olives have the largest percentage of vegetable squalene. Human skin naturally produces squalene, which helps protect and lubricate skin. Squalene production increases during adolescence, when it composes up to 15% of skin fats, and peaks around age 25. As we age, our skin produces less and less squalene and by the time we are 50 it can be as low as 5%. Olive squalane is a unique emollient refined from natural olive squalene that penetrates quickly and absorbs deeply. Squalane is believed to help to promote cell growth and help with dry, rough skin, and skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis. Squalane is often found in anti-aging and wrinkle reducing products. Years ago squalane used in cosmetics was derived from shark liver. Squalene is also found in small quantities in wheat germ oil and rice bran oil.

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