Squalene vs. Squalane: What's the difference?

Squalene vs. Squalane: What's the difference?

Squalene? Squalane? What's the difference, and are they really cruelty-free? Discover what sets this beauty ingredient apart, and see why squalane is the moisturising treatment you want in your skincare routine. From improving hydration to boosting skin texture, this is a soothing product for all skin types...

Discovered in 1906 in the liver of sharks, squalene was originally studied for its health benefits. However, after a process called hydrogenation was applied, the versatility of this newly derived ingredient named squalane was unlocked and it began to be used in cosmetics.

Squalene has since been discovered in the human body as a part of natural sebum, plus in several other plant and animal sources. Sadly, research shows that one in five products containing squalene or squalane come from sharks, and it has devastating consequences for marine life. That's why it is so important to choose a plant-based alternative.

We use olive-based squalane, which has one of the highest concentrations available and is more easily harvested than competing crops. This form is also almost identical to human sebum.

Squalene: contains antioxidant properties, susceptible to oxidisation, has a richer texture. Can be derived from sharks.

Squalane: odourless and colourless, water- and oil-soluble, stable and does not oxidise, lightweight. Derived from plants.

Squalene vs. Squalane: What's the difference?

The difference between the two makes squalane a great choice for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone, but why does squalane have the internet buzzing and what benefits does the ingredient actually offer?

Benefits of Squalane in Skincare

Squalane can be a big help in a skincare routine as the fatty molecule offers everything from smoothing to soothing. It can provide benefits for hair, skin, and nails, and it is gentle enough for most skin types. Just look at what this vegan ingredient can do:

Locks in moisture. Not only does squalane help improve the skin's natural barrier by forming a coating over the outer layer, but this plant-based treatment also reduces trans-epidermal water loss which improves hydration. Science shows that while younger skin contains levels of squalene around 12%, this decreases with age much as collagen does. By introducing squalane into your routine, you can mimic the benefits, reduce dry and flaky patches, and get a more supple and smooth complexion.

Boosts elasticity. The emollient properties of squalane make it a great ingredient for improving the skin's texture, and studies suggest that over time the ingredient has a significant impact on elasticity. Squalane can be a great treatment for minimising fine lines and wrinkles, restoring plumpness, and improving overall texture.

Gentle care. As squalane has a structure similar to the body's natural oils, this vegan ingredient is great for those suffering from sensitive or acne-prone skin. Science demonstrates this lightweight oil has soothing properties, is non-comedogenic (meaning it will not clog pores), and it is non-irritating so it should not cause redness, itching, or blemishes. The hypoallergenic treatment works to replenish and restore so the skin looks and feels healthy, plus it balances natural oils.

Where To Find Squalane

You can find squalane in Kri's Endless Moisturiser, a nourishing fragrance-free treatment that targets tired, dry, and dehydrated skin. 


Squalene vs. Squalane: What's the difference?