I love LANOLIN. It is highly emollient and skin loving. It helps the body maintain the moisture balance in the skin. My analogy about Lanolin is that it takes up residence in the intercellular spaces of the skin almost as a building block for skin health. In addition Lanolin forms a protective layer on the skin to aid in healing. It is sticky and a challenge to work with but worth the effort for sure. More and more products with Lanolin are making their way into my farm store. Lanolin Cream does a terrific job chasing away dry alligator skin. Super Chappy with Lanolin soothes and protects the sorest of lips. Lanolin Salve works wonders on cracks in the corners of fingers and other skin conditions.
However, Lanolin has become a bit controversial. You have to be certain about your source for Lanolin. Since Lanolin is derived from the wool of sheep there are concerns about quality. Are the sheep being fed non-GMO food? Are the sheep dipped yearly with harsh chemicals with carcinogenic properties? Is the refining process one that doesn’t use chemicals and if it doesn’t use chemicals is the Lanolin truly pure? Is the Lanolin free of feces, dirt, pollen, and pesticides? The answer to the majority of these questions is no. Since sheep are out on pasture and roll in all sorts of untoward things they pick up unwelcome insects. Insects can impact the overall health of the sheep. So, my thought is you must weigh out the use of pesticides vs obtaining Lanolin from potentially unhealthy sheep.
My solution is to find the best quality Lanolin that you can. Do the benefits of using Lanolin to augment your skin health outweigh the controversy that ensues about Lanolin? I would encourage you to do your homework and decide for yourself. Check out multiple research articles that are factual and not mere opinion. Try a Lanolin product and see if it enhances your skin moisture level. For me, I continue to love Lanolin and will make products available that contain Lanolin. I will do my best to provide well-sourced Lanolin products that benefit skin health.
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.