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Squalane vs Hyaluronic Acid: Which Is Better?


If you looked at Hyaluronic Acid, it would be like a tall glass of water for the face' as this super-hydrating agent is best known for its unique ability to hold up to a thousand times its weight in water molecules, making it the best hydration product.


Hyaluronic Acid is a natural component of skin, but tends to depletes as we age, visibly reducing the moisture levels in our skin. Fortunately, a topical of the essential acid are available as well in the form of injections, sheet masks, and creams to restore dermal moisture levels. Hyaluronic Acid is designed to mimic the quality of humectants when applied topically, drawing in water to soothe, plump, and infuse skin with moisture for a youthful effect. The lightweight ingredients have a gel-like texture which is perfectly suited for sensitive and mature skin types as it improves skin elasticity.


Squalane, is a hydrocarbon liquid, naturally occurs within our skin as sebum. It is its own lipid barrier. Unlike Hyaluronic Acid, which increases skin’s water content, Squalene is a mega-hydrator that acts as a barrier to keep moisture locked in so skin is soft and plump for longer.

With time, dermal sebum levels decline. The good news is, that antioxidant sebum molecules can be harvested from plant-based sources like rice bran and olives for topical use. Squalane, the super lightweight oil derived through hydrogenation has a long shelf-life and is considered to be very stable for cosmetic and skincare use.


The natural antioxidant works well for all skin types, especially mature. It fights against UV damage and skin pigmentation and is highly-efficient in brightening dull skin as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles for a more radiant and youthful complexion.

Both products have similar properties and benefits. The best option the skincare layering the two for maximal impact. Make sure to use Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate first as this is a water-based product followed by Squalane to seal in moisture and maximize retention.


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