I am always intrigued by ingredients that resolve skin issues. I like the Korean approach to beauty, which stresses on skin care. According to Koreans, your skin should be flawless, poreless, and pristine. You should not depend on makeup to hide your flaws. Makeup should only be used to accentuate your natural beauty. Squalane, a stable form of squalene, is a popular ingredient used many skin care products. Squalene is obtained from plant sources like wheat germ oil, rice bran, and olives. It can also be obtained from shark liver oil.
What Is Squalene?
Our skin produces an oily matter called sebum. Sebum not only lubricates our skin, but also makes it waterproof. As we all know, the over production of sebum often leads to acne. If you suffer from acne, it is a good idea to understand what really sebum is. Your sebum is made of of wax esters (~26%), squalene (~12%), triglycerides (~41%), and free fatty acids (~16%). You must have heard that acne forms when your pores get clogged with oil and dirt, but this is only partially true. The clogged pores are only the first step, and it is actually inflammation that causes acne. When the squalene in your skin oxidises, is becomes squalene peroxide. Squalene peroxide is what causes acne. Oxidation is just a process when something reacts with oxygen. SO, basically, you need to prevent squalene oxidation to get rid of acne, among other things.
How To Prevent Squalene Oxidation?
Our body is very smart. It fight oxidation with antioxidants. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which is great to counter squalene oxidation. Acne patients are often deficient in vitamin E. If you suffer from acne, it is a good idea to use vitamin E both internally and externally. Start consuming vitamin E rich foods like almonds, olives, and spinach.
Shark Liver Oil And Squalene
Squalene is a low density compound and often stored by sharks and other cartilaginous fishes in their bodies. Since sharks lack a swim bladder, they must reduce the density of their body with oils and fats. Squalene is usually stored in the liver of shark. This is why shark liver oil is held in high regards in the cosmetic world. Environmentalists are concerned about the increasing hunting of sharks to obtain shark liver oil. Squalene can also be obtained from natural sources like olives and wheat germ oil. The chemicals found in shark liver, when refined, can make your sebaceous glands stop producing the gunge that causes acne.
Shark Liver Oil Benefits
1. Shark Liver Oil Has Squalene
Squalene is used in many skin care products and cosmetics. Most of that squalene is from shark oil. It is very moisturizing, and used in lip balms, sun lotions, and moisturizers.
2. It Is An Ancient Remedy For Many Problems
Fishermen from Sweden and Norway used shark liver oil hundreds of years ago to make their skin smooth and heal their wounds. The Japanese call shark oil a ‘cure all’ oil.
3. Shark Oil Is An Antioxidant
Antioxidants prevent oxidation. If you suffer from acne, you can greatly benefit from antioxidants. Oxidation produces free radicals, and this sets off a chain reaction that may damage cells. Antioxidants are not just good for your skin, but for your overall health.
4. This Oil Is Anti-phlogiston
This means shark liver oil fights inflammation. As mentioned above, skin inflammation often results in acne.
5. It is Anti-Aging
We are not getting any younger, so it is a good idea to invest in some anti-aging products. Shark oil is used for treating wrinkles. Since shark oil has squalene, it protects cells and help wounds heal faster. It also has vitamin A and D, which help reduce wrinkles.
6. Shark Liver Oil Is Great For Skin Problems
Apart from helping with acne, shark liver oil can also help with allergies, psoriasis and eczema. Shark oil can also reduce the formation of scar tissues.
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I often used to wonder why babies have such flawless skin. Though I do not have enough knowledge to comment on this matter, I think it is because they have a lot of collagen in their body. Apart from that, I recently read that babies who are newborn have the highest amount of squalene in their body. As we grow up, the natural production of squalene decreases in our bodies.
Shark oil is also used as a dietary supplement. Even though people all over the world have reported many positive effects of shark liver oil, the claims have not been validated medically. If you cannot use shark oil, or are hesitant to use it, you can go for products containing squalane that has been derived from plant sources.