Barbara Sturm Eye cream

August 04, 2022

The Benefits of Squalane in Skin Care & Best Products

"Squalene is a natural fat found in the sebum of our skin and is commonly used in skincare products because of its emollient effects, helping to soften and protect the outer skin layer,” explains Dr. Joshua Zeichner, skin expert and Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital. As we get older and our natural ability to produce squalene decreases, its topical use can aid in the skin’s barrier support and hydration. 

Sourcing squalene responsibly is difficult, as it is most commonly derived from shark livers. However, a very similar and often more shelf-stable ingredient called squalane, that can be derived from plant sources like sugarcane and olive, is available. As Dr. Zeichner explains, "it provides almost identical benefits and can be sourced in a more responsible way -  it is a great ingredient for dry or even sensitive skin.”

Skincare Serum

Below, some of our favorite moisturizing SHEN products that use Squalane to plump and nourish skin.


Augustinus Bader Serum 

Along with the brand's signature reparative ingredient, TFC8®, this do-it-all serum helps tighten, brighten and encourage overall skin health. It is quickly absorbed upon application - squalene is naturally produced by our sebaceous glands, so it is very easily absorbed - and leaves behind smoother, softer skin.   

The Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream 

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream targets fine lines, wrinkles and dryness and is safe for sensitive eyes that may be prone to stinging. A unique cocktail of ingredients, including Persian silk tree extract, red ginseng, and marine plankton, reduce puffiness and firm the skin while squalane and hyaluronic acid plump. 

Phyla Phluff Moisturizer

New-to-Shen brand Phyla focuses on maintaining balance within the skin's microbiome. Their Phluff Moisturizer is soothing and hydrating, thanks to jojoba oil and squalane, but won’t clog pores - making it ideal for oily or acne prone skin.


Decree Peptide Emollient Veil 

As its name would suggest, this cream is chock full of collagen boosting peptides along with protective antioxidants, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and squalane. Don’t let its light texture fool you - this product is best suited for mature, dry skin types or those needing an extra boost of moisture. 

BeautyCounter Cheeky Clean Cream Blush 

Moisturizing enough to be dabbed onto lips, this super buildable color is a handbag essential capable of taking your makeup look from day to night. The silky texture leaves skin looking dewy (not greasy) and nourishes skin with jojoba esters and squalane. 

Cheeky Clean Cream Blush

Corpus Cleansing Bar

This gentle body cleansing bar is coconut-based and packed with moisturizing squalane, olive and marula oil. Its citrus scent is subtle but complex, with notes of bergamot, orange blossom and cardamom, and would be an energizing start to any morning.

Corpus Cleansing Bar
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream $210
Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Augustinus Bader The Serum $375
Augustinus Bader The Serum - Vegan Anti-Aging Serum
Decree Peptide Emollient Veil + $147
Peptide Emollient Veil +
Decree Peptide Emollient Veil $147
Peptide Emollient Veil
BEAUTYCOUNTER Cheeky Clean Cream Blush $42
Cheeky Clean Cream Blush
Corpus Naturals Corpus Cleansing Bar $22
Corpus Cleansing Bar
Pai Light Work Cleansing Oil $29
Light Work Cleansing Oil
MOB MOB Eyeshadow $12
M1 Matte Dusty Plum
Pai Middlemist Seven Hydrating Cleanser $29
Middlemist Seven Hydrating Cleanser
Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream $58
Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream
Superegg Sound Renewal Serum Cream $60
Sound Renewal Serum Cream
alpyn beauty PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer $60
PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer
alpyn beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm $62
PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm
Youth to the People 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum $68
15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum
Pai The Anthemis Soothing Moisturizer $59
The Anthemis Soothing Moisturizer
Pai Love & Haight Hydrating Moisturizer $58
Love & Haight Hydrating Moisturizer
Superegg Gentle Elements Cleansing Foam $34
Gentle Elements Cleansing Foam
Decree SOS Revitalising Eye Mask $16
SOS Revitalising Eye Mask
goop GoopGenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream $98
GoopGenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream
Pai Polly Plum Calming Body Cream $39
Polly Plum Calming Body Cream
Pai Heavy Mettle Hand Cream $29
Heavy Mettle Hand Cream
Pai The Pioneer Mattifying Moisturizer $54
The Pioneer Mattifying Moisturizer
goop GoopGlow Cloudberry Jelly Exfoliating Cleanser $35
GoopGlow Cloudberry Jelly Exfoliating Cleanser
Nature Of Things Restorative Floral Bath $68
Restorative Floral Bath
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream $225
Face Cream
Emilie Heathe Lip R&R Exfoliating Lip Scrub by Emilie Heath $45
Lip R&R Exfoliating Lip Scrub by Emilie Heath
Pai Salvation Jane Omega Rich Moisturizer $99
Salvation Jane Omega Rich Moisturizer
Pai Instant Kalmer Serum $79
Instant Kalmer Serum
Nature Of Things Nourishing Body Crème $24
Nourishing Body Crème
Pai Feather Canyon Eye Cream $54
Feather Canyon Eye Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream $125
Anti-Aging Body Cream
alpyn beauty Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum $59
Bearberry & Vitamin C Glow Serum
goop All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil $98
All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil
goop GoopGlow Glow Lotion $58
GoopGlow Glow Lotion
MOB MOB Blush $23
Plum Pink
MOB MOB Highlighter $23
M49 Shimmering Pink Champagne
goop GoopGlow Restore + Shine Hair Serum  $55
Restore + Shine Hair Serum
Pai The Peacekeeper $34
The Peacekeeper
VENN Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Renewal Mask $47
Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Renewal Mask
MOB MOB Bronzer $23
MOB Bronzer
Doctor Rogers RESTORE RESTORE Body Cream $58
RESTORE Body Cream
Ignae Day Complex $176
Day Complex
Ignae Regenerating Body Oil $116
Ignae Regenerating Body Oil - Natural Body Oil for Glowing Skin
Ignae Dynamic Eye Complex $125
Dynamic Eye Complex
Ignae Night Complex $188
Night Complex
Irene Forte Prickly Pear Body Cream $129
Prickly Pear Body Cream
VENN Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask $120
Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask
Dr. Barbara Sturm Repair Hair Mask $65
Repair Hair Mask
Phyla Pluff Moisturizer $60
Pluff Moisturizer
RMS ReEvolve Natural Finish Foundation Refill $40
ReEvolve Natural Finish Foundation Refill
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