Today I want to talk to you about alternate lanolin uses – beauty hacks with this natural product that everyone should know about! I’ve partnered with my favorite and trusted lanolin brand, Lansinoh, for this post.
Alternate Lanolin Uses
One night a few years ago I was laying in bed when I realized my lips were very chapped. I’m sure it was wintertime and the air in our home was extra dry. I looked over at my nightstand and didn’t see my usual lip balm (anyone else have children who frequently run off with things from their nightstand?!). I did see my bottle of Lansinoh Lanolin sitting on my nightstand and the thought occurred to me that the skin on the lips is pretty similar to the skin on nipples. It has always helped heal my nipples when breastfeeding wrecks havoc on them so I figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a try.
The results were so good, it’s become my new go-to remedy to heal chapped lips! Even when I’m not breastfeeding I keep a bottle of this in my nightstand and it heals and protects chapped lips fast!
Chapped and Cracked Heels
A couple of months ago, my foot started to randomly hurt me. Every time I took a step, I felt a weird and different pain I’d never felt before. At first, I thought maybe I’d just stepped on something I shouldn’t have. But eventually, I looked at my foot, only to discover a huge gash in my heel. Apparently, my dry heels couldn’t take it anymore and had started to crack. I thought this only happened to “old” people, but it was clear at that moment that I was at an age where I needed to start taking better care of my feet! The crack in my heel was pretty deep and I honestly wasn’t sure what I could put on it to help heal it.
Knowing how helpful lanolin has been in healing my chapped lips I figured I’d give it a try on my heel. The results are amazing! The crack started looking and feeling better overnight. After a week of applying lanolin to the crack, it had completely healed. Check out this image of my feet. One I’ve been applying lanolin to it and the other I have not. See the difference?!
Lanolin on the feet is slightly sticky, so I always wear shoes of some kind and/or socks to prevent it from getting on my carpet.
Lastly, another thing I frequently use lanolin for is to soothe noses that have been rubbed raw from wiping and blowing during cold and flu season. Have you ever had a cold that left the skin on your nose red and peeling? I know I have and my kids certainly have too. It gets to the point where every wipe of the tissue is painful. Now when we have a cold and I’m frequently wiping noses, I apply lanolin a few times a day to keep the nose from becoming sore, chapped, and red. It works wonderfully!
The only lanolin I’ve ever used is Lansinoh HPA Lanolin. It was recommended to me by a few moms before my first daughter was born and, just like Lansinoh’s SmartPump, I’ve always been quite pleased with it. Lanolin has moisturizing and softening properties. I was surprised to learn that its molecular structure is incredibly close to that of the oils naturally produced in human skin. I love that it’s natural and safe to ingest, plus Lansinoh HPA lanolin is hypoallergenic. It’s also a really affordable beauty hack!
Even though I first fell in love with Lansinoh HPA Lanolin during my breastfeeding journey, I actually find that I use it for these alternate uses even MORE! Especially this time of the year when the cold winter weather means we are cranking up the heat and drying out our skin, I find it so beneficial! I always keep a small tube in my purse and a larger bottle in my nightstand.
If you visit the Lansinoh website, they have even MORE lanolin beauty hacks you should check out!
What other alternate lanolin uses have you discovered? Please share them in the comments below so we can all learn!