HYDRATE YOUR SKIN & HAIR

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

You might start see­ing the word “squalane” on beauty prod­ucts—but it’s not as strange as it may sound. It’s a lighter and more sta­ble ver­sion of squa­lene, a lipid (or fat) that oc­curs nat­u­rally in hu­man se­bum and helps pro­tect and mois­tur­ize skin, but that your skin pro­duces less of as you age. Eth­i­cally sourced squalane comes from plant-de­rived sources like olives and rice and can be ap­plied top­i­cally to re­plen­ish lost mois­ture and lock it in. “Tra­di­tion­ally used to treat wounds, squalane is now found in skin­care prod­ucts, since it’s ef­fec­tive at sooth­ing, pro­tect­ing, and hy­drat­ing skin,” ex­plains An­nie Chiu, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist in Los An­ge­les. “It also helps re­duce fine lines and wrin­kles and even scars.” In ad­di­tion, squalane can help soften hair, boost shine, and shield it from ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sors by seal­ing its cu­ti­cle (outer layer), Dr. Chiu says.

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