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Lanolin in Cosmetics

For many years, lanolin was used in everything skin and beauty related. Lanolin comes in two forms – lanolin and lanolin alcohol – the first version is the one used in cosmetics and skincare products the most.

Lanolin is classified as an emollient and an occlusive moisturiser, which has the natural, and scientifically proven ability to slow moisture loss from the skin. 

Many skincare products that are touted for their “anti-aging” benefits contain lanolin oil or lanolin alcohol.  The Lanolin ingredient in skincare locks in moisture to the skin and prevents it from evaporating, while at the same time providing a richly protective environment for skin cells. lanolin can hold twice its weight in water, this can plump skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Studies have found that a lanolin cream proved effective in people who were experiencing dry lips as a side effect of chemotherapy. Lanolin is able to penetrate the lip barrier, instead of other ingredients that deliver moisture only to the top layer of the lip. It’s generally considered safe to use on newborns with chapped lips, however it’s always a good idea to first check with a paediatrician.

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