Dylan Mustapich is a NYC-based lead esthetician who has been featured in New Beauty, Teen Vogue, Wired, and The Huffington Post. With a lifelong love of all things skin, he is incredibly knowledgeable about skincare ingredients, routine refinement, and personalized skincare, and follows emerging technology closely.
In skincare, like in the kitchen, it all comes down to the quality of the ingredients.While both HA and Squalane stand out on their own, together they take a classic skincare recipe to another level. With HA being so effective at drawing moisture into the skin and Squalane’s ability to lock in that hydration and fortify our skin barrier, the results can be seriously impressive.
In skincare, like in the kitchen, it all comes down to the quality of the ingredients. A grilled cheese can be as simple as a few slices of American cheese between white bread or elevated into a gourmet dish with the addition of aged gouda and fresh sourdough. While the recipe for supple, hydrated skin is as simple as layering a hydrating humectant underneath an occlusive moisturizer or oil, the results are more pronounced with a top-notch humectant (Hyaluronic Acid, aka. HA) and a lipid replenishing oil rich in antioxidants (Squalane).
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is the most well-known humectant for good reason. Naturally produced in the body, it’s able to draw and hold a tremendous amount of water in the skin, keeping it well hydrated throughout the day. As we get older, the HA in our skin begins to deplete. Dehydrated skin can appear dull and tight and is sometimes accompanied by irritation and breakouts. This is not to be confused with dry skin, which is due to a lack of lipids and often appears flakey. Using a product with Hyaluronic Acid can help give the skin a fuller and dewier appearance. To lock in all that hydration and prevent it from evaporating out of the skin (AKA trans epidermal water loss or TEWL), an occlusive moisturizer or oil should be applied shortly after.
What is Squalane?
When it comes to occlusive ingredients, few rival Squalane. Similar to our skin’s naturally produced oil, Squalane is chock full of lipid replenishing fatty acids and free-radical neutralizing antioxidants. Originally obtained from shark liver, the Squalane used in skincare and cosmetic products today (including Atolla’s) comes from plant sources like rice bran, sugar cane and wheat germ. Because it’s so similar to our skin’s natural oils, it's easily absorbed and excellent at replenishing our delicate skin barrier. Maintaining a healthy skin barrier (AKA acid mantle) helps prevent water loss and protects the skin from environmental pollutants that could potentially lead to irritation.
Why They’re a Perfect Match
While both HA and Squalane stand out on their own, together they take a classic skincare recipe to another level. With HA being so effective at drawing moisture into the skin and Squalane’s ability to lock in that hydration and fortify our skin barrier, the results can be seriously impressive.