Lanolin: The New Cult Beauty Ingredient
Adrien Van Bruinessen | On 20, Nov 2014
Move over coconut oil; there is a new skin-softening, multi-purpose ingredient that is earning cult status. It has been used for its moisturising purposes for centuries, but only recently has the beauty world truly jumped on the lanolin bandwagon, with more cosmetic companies incorporating it into their ranges.
Derived from the grease extracted from sheepâ€™s wool, it may not sound glamorous, but this miracle ingredient has a deep moisturising effect on human skin and hair. Hospitals even use lanolin to assist in the healing process of open wounds. Those clever rascals.
The cult product that can be credited for the recent uprise in lanolin use and love is the multi-award winning Lanolips 101 Ointment. Used for everything from dry lips to insect bites and chapped nursing nipples, this Holy Grail multi-purpose ointment has just been released in three delicious fruity flavours. Lanolips claims it to be their â€œlittle tube of magicâ€. Having purchased the peach flavour recently myself, I feel I simply must brag about my newly soft lips and cuticles. Winning!
Another trusted brand that has embraced the lanolin love is Lush. Theyâ€™ve included it in several of their products, so they clearly know whatâ€™s up. Their hair conditioner, Retread, is triple strength for extra softness and shine. It not only contains lanolin, but is jam-packed full of other amazing ingredients such as seaweed and jojoba oil, and smells of violets, oranges and musk. Yum!
What do you do when an online beauty blogger and beauty editor of Harperâ€™s BAZAAR and Cosmopolitan, with nearly fifteen years experience in the industry, conjures up her own skincare line? Cry with jealousy. No wait; buy it! Zoe Foster Blake has just visited Westfield Carindale to promote her new skincare range, Go-To. Included in the range is what she claims to be a â€œhero productâ€ and the worldâ€™s most perfect lip balm, Lips!. This is a big thanks to the hydrating and protecting properties of lanolin, of course.
Ditch the lizard look and dare to bare soft, glowing skin this summer with a little lanolin lovinâ€™. Oh, and no sheep are harmed in the harvesting of lanolin; they take it as a compliment to their own striking good looks. Those vain sheep.
Image credits: Lanolips, Lush, Go-ToÂ and National Geographic.