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Did you know that our body naturally produces its own “moisturiser”? It’s called squalene! Unfortunately, this natural moisturising agent starts to decline from the age of 25 and this is partly why we tend to start seeing fine lines and other signs of ageing from this age onwards. Yikes!

Olive Squalene_Nooo

While regularly moisturising can help to ensure those things don’t occur at an accelerated pace, it won’t help to moisturise as well as squalene would. There are a couple of ways to get squalene and one of it is from shark’s liver – which isn’t nice at all because #noanimalcruelty. But there’s a botanical solution to this: through olives!

Olive squalene is the closest to the squalene our body produces and it’s known to instantly moisturise and penetrate quickly into the skin. It’s scientifically proven to defend the skin from environmental damage and ageing. Unbeknownst to many of us, olive squalene has several benefits we would want to have in our moisturisers and serums. Here are some of them!

  • Prevents age spots
  • Heals cracked skin
  • Has natural antibacterial properties
  • Protects from UV rays
  • Helps skin retain its natural oils
  • Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Relieves dehydrated and ultra-sensitive, skin
  • Softens rough-textured skin, leaving no oily residue

Source: Botáni Australia & Naked Chemist

All of these benefits from the humble olive! For something that’s natural and good for the skin, you must be wondering how you can include olive squalene into your routine. Here are three ways.

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1 . Botáni Skincare


Botáni, is an all natural skincare line that contains olive squalene to help replenish the moisture in our skin given the decline of natural squalene that our body produces.


If you’re worried that slapping olive oil on your face might be a tad bit too heavy, Botáni has the non-greasy Olive Skin Serum that you can use as a moisturiser for day and night. It can also be used on other parts of the body to moisturise and reduce the appearance of scars.

Olive squalene_botani olive serum

The products are also safe to use for babies, pregnant women and even for people who suffer from skin conditions like eczema.

You can find Botáni products at Eat Organics Singapore, Mums.sg, Naiise, NatureLova and Love Organic’s e-store.

2. Using olive oil as makeup remover

Olive oil has a relatively high concentration of squalene in it. You can incorporate olive oil into your routine by using it to remove makeup. Watch this tutorial on how you can make your own olive oil makeup remover.

3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream



The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is another product that contains squalene. This moisturiser was made to keep the skin hydrated for 24 hours – especially in harsh weather conditions (i.e. going for a winter holiday). Seeing that we live in sunny and humid Singapore, keep this moisturiser for night usage if you have oily skin. If you have drier skin, you can apply this during the day.

4. DHC Moisturisers and Body Creams

  • Extra Night Time Moisture

Squalene_DHC Extra night cream

A moisturiser meant to be used before bed that would help the skin restore itself while you sleep. It has olive oil in it as well which helps to increase the production of collagen and in turn making you wake up with fresh looking skin!

  • Olive Leaf Milk

Squalene_DHC Olive milk

As night time creams are usually heavier, it’s not advisable to use it during the day because we wouldn’t want to have a greasy face by lunch time. So DHC has an Olive Leaf Milk cream which is meant to be used during the day. Because of its squalene content, it helps to protect and nourish skin that’s damaged by environmental stressors like UV rays and dry air.

  • Olive Body Butter

Squalene_DHC Olive body butter

While it’s important to take care of the skin on our faces, don’t forget to care for the skin on the rest of your body too! Not only does this body butter have squalene and olive oil in it, it also has cocoa and shea butters as well as emollient oils.

You can get DHC products from Watsons.

5. Peter Thomas Roth Oil-less Oil 100% Purified Squalane

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Olive isn’t the only plant that you can derive squalene from. This grease-free oil by Peter Thomas Roth extracted squalene from sugarcane. According to research and experiments that they’ve done, the test subjects saw a positive change in their skin after using this product which goes to show that their version of purified squalene from naturally farmed sugarcane works too. You can get the Peter Thomas Roth Oil-less Oil 100% Purified Squalane from Sephora stores in Singapore.


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