Squalane vs Hyaluronic Acid: The One-Two Hydration Boost Your Skin Needs

Learn About Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid and How To Get the Most Out of Them

You may have noticed that squalane and hyaluronic acid are two of the most wanted skincare ingredients, especially in luxury skincare. But how much do you know about them? Did you know that both are naturally produced by our bodies but that production decreases as we age? Read on to learn more about why squalane and hyaluronic acid skincare provide a beneficial combo - not an either/or - and how to get the most out of them. 

First, Squalene, Squalane- What’s in a Name? 

Squalene (with an “e”), is an unsaturated oil produced naturally in our bodies. It’s also produced by plants like olives and sugar cane, and even in animals, like shark liver.  In our bodies, it’s part of the sebum produced by oil glands. Anyone who’s ever experienced clogged pores or acne knows that too much sebum can make those conditions worse. Yet squalene plays a critical role in hydrating skin and providing a protective barrier. It’s also rich in antioxidants. 

But squalene as a skincare ingredient isn’t very stable. It oxidizes quickly, which can actually cause inflammation. So it’s typically modified through a hydrogenation process into a form called squalane (with an “a”). That is what you’ll usually see on ingredient lists, including Hälsa Skincare. And if you’re looking for vegan skincare, you’ll be glad to know that Hälsa Botanicals uses vegan squalane.

Squalane Benefits in Skincare

Squalane benefits in skincare are numerous - and become more important as we age. It’s also good for all skin types, making it a helpful ingredient in skincare for acne to anti-aging.

  • Hydrates - it adds moisture without excess oiliness
  • Reduces fine lines - helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for a more youthful look
  • Evens skin texture - smooths texture
  • Balances oiliness - helps to control the production of sebum, making it helpful even for oily complexions
  • Non-comedogenic - won’t clog pores, another benefit for oily complexions or anyone prone to blackheads 

    What’s Hyaluronic Acid?  

    Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It penetrates the skin and binds water to skin cells. By holding in moisture, it can help the skin stay hydrated and provides important related benefits. 

    • Works as a natural filler - brings moisture to the surface of the skin, making it look plumper
    • Reduces appearance of wrinkles - similar to squalane, it helps to fill in fine lines
    • Boosts collagen production - increases the rate of cell turnover which helps restore skin elasticity
    • Calming - making it great for even sensitive skin

    Why You Need Both

    Though they offer similar benefits, there are important differences that should guide how you use squalane and hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, holding moisture in the skin. By contrast, squalane is an emollient, meaning it both adds moisture and provides a protective barrier to hold that moisture in place. 

    So to get the best of both worlds, you’ll want to layer squalane over hyaluronic acid. Here’s our recommendation for a nightly dream team: first use Hälsa Botanicals Glow CBD Luminous Facial Serum, which provides hyaluronic acid. Then apply Hälsa Dream CBD Enchanted Night Creme, with squalane and other emollients. Let the hydration reign!