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Why Squalane Should Be Your New Favorite Oil

It may have a funny name but the benefits of squalane are no joke
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In a world of fragrant rosehip seed oils and exotic argan oils, the word "squalane" stands out — and it's been popping up with more frequency lately. So, what exactly is squalane? And why does it belong in our skincare routine?

We talked to board-certified New York-based dermatologist Dr. Margarita Lolis, and she broke it down for us, explaining that squalane is "able to act as a natural antioxidant skin moisturizer while helping to prevent fine lines." And since antioxidants are key when it comes to protecting skin from the elements, that's definitely something worth taking note of. She also praised squalane's ability to lubricate and protect skin.

Another thing that makes squalane stand out from the pack? "It makes up about 10-12 percent of your skin's oil and is produced naturally by the body," said Lolis. And since it's part of our skin's natural oil production, it makes for an especially gentle skincare step that works for most skin types. (Though if you're oily and/or acne prone, Lolis notes that you might want to apply with a lighter hand).

Ready to give squalane a try for yourself? Read on for 12 of our top picks.

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Indie Lee Squalane Oil, $32

Made with 100% olive-derived squalane oil, this indie beauty favorite has earned cult-status for a reason. The dry oil absorbs into skin almost instantly, leaving your complexion with a boosted glow. Plus, it feels quite soothing and lightweight.

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You can't argue with The Ordinary's prices — and never fear, you won't miss out on quality, either. The brand's hero product (they can barely keep it in stock) is 100% Plant-Derived Squalane. It's the perfect pick-me-up with a light-yet-moisturizing texture that's great alone or layered with your favorite moisturizer.

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Here's another pure plant-derived squalane option to consider. It's actually derived from sugarcane and, though it has a thicker consistency, it still has a weightless feel on your skin.

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The name says it all: If you're looking for a frill-free take on the skin care ingredient du jour, you can't go wrong with this one from Timeless Skin Care. This fast-absorbing oil is the perfect addition to your routine — and it happens to be quite affordable to boot.

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