How Safe is Squalene Oil for Anti-aging?

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Published: 21st January 2011
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Every product on the market gets good press and bad press. Squalene oil came under fire during the swine flu epidemic because it was an ingredient in the vaccination, which some radicals felt was poison. Here's the truth: squalene oil is not poisonous. In fact, your body already produces it naturally, so it's already in your system.

As far as flu-shots go, squalene helps boost the body's immune system, and it's used for that purpose in vaccinations. More bang for your buck you might say.

For anti-aging formulations, if you check the label on the back of most wrinkle fighting serums and creams, you'll probably find squalene oil is in there already. It has been for years even in organic products. So, in word, yes, it's safe. It's also extremely effective.

Squalene oil is produced by animals, plants and even humans. Deep sea sharks are the most common source, since squalene is extracted from sharks that inadvertently get caught up in commercial fishing nets. However, it can also be taken from wheat, rice bran and other plants.

Squalene has many uses, but for anti-aging, it provides deep moisture and helps plump up areas where creases and wrinkles occur. It penetrates beneath the skin, stimulating the body's natural collagen and elastin production, which is critical for reducing fine lines.

As I said, most of the anti-wrinkle formulas on the market already contain squalene, but you can also find it as an essential oil. Some people use the oil itself on deep frown lines and wrinkles and swear they disappear within days. Others add it to regular moisturizing lotion to get the anti-aging benefits without the high end price tag.

Either way, squalene is very safe and works well. Some people with sensitive skin might want to try a diluted version, as the full concentration could prove too strong. If you find that using squalene oil makes you break out or redness and irritation occur, try adding just a couple drops to a regular lotion and apply it that way.

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