Squalane (versus Squalene) has received a really bad rap in the past few months as all the controversy abounds concerning vaccinations. To be honest, I’m not sure why Squalane is considered “bad” in vaccinations, but I’m working on that particular research. I do know that it originally and historically came from sharks in the form of Squalene. Now for those of us who are animal lovers and wanna’ be vegetarians that would present a problem if we wanted to use a product that contained squalene. Another source of Squalene is olive oil, which has been traditionally known for its health effects. A related compound is Squalane used in skin care products, which is what we use. Squalane is derived from Squalene, but is more stable against oxidation. Other very useful propertie of Squalane is its very low coagulation point (-55 degrees Celcius) and very high melting point (203 degrees Celcius), making it very suitable for lubrication.

I discovered this amazing oil in my research for skin healthy, cell renewing oils. I found that science has come up with a substitute for the shark oil since it is not truly an eco-friendly choice. They have derived squalane from olive oil and it appears from years of use and research that Squalane will clear up difficult skin problems (eczema, dermatitis, rashes, etc.) when nothing else helps very much. It also heals skin cracks, which are a significant health issue in the winter as germs can easily enter the body through cracked fingers/hands that have dried out from cold conditions. This particular issue drives me literally crazy because of all the alcohol based “antibacterial” gels that are so proliferate in schools and hospitals. I know from personal experience that if I use these gels even once, it will result in broken, cracked and bleeding lesions on my hands! Which means what!? An open source for the entry of bacteria that is everywhere in our environment! The health of our skin, our largest protective organ, is of vital importance.

Squalane, however, has these unique abilities because the oil is naturally a major factor in skin lubrication as well as providing germ killing activity when it is properly concentrated in the skin. It helps to prevent the formation of brown age spots and can protect against the radiation of the sun. In this regards it is a major oil that prevents skin aging. Squalane is also found in small quantities in olive oil, wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, and yeast. BIOCHEMISTRY : Squalane has the molecular formula of C30H62. Squalane is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Squalane permeates into the skin at a rate of 2 mm/second. INDICATIONS : Squalane is used in cosmetic preparations to soften the skin, to reduce small facial wrinkles, and as a bactericidal agent. A few drops of Squalane applied to the skin will keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. Squalane has also been used to speed wound healing. DIRECTIONS FOR USE : Apply a few drops daily to the skin or to affected areas.