There's nothing stylish about dry, cracked or chapped skin, but you can tackle them all with a cream that contains lanolin. All-natural lanolin, which is derived from sheep's wool, is known to be safe and effective on most skin types. If you are allergic to wool, consult your doctor before incorporating lanolin into your skin care routine.
Maintaining Soft Facial Skin
Because lanolin's molecular structure most closely resembles the makeup of human skin, it's a common ingredient in many skin care products. Lanolin helps skin retain moisture from within and creates a barrier on the surface of the skin that protects it from the elements. The result of using a cream containing lanolin on your face is skin that feels soft to the touch.
Moisturizing Cracked Feet
Wearing shoes without socks or wearing sandals and high heels that expose the skin on your feet can result in dry, cracked skin. The effects can be unsightly, so counteract them with the strong moisturizing properties of lanolin cream. To maximize the effects of the lanolin cream, apply a generous amount to your feet before going to bed and put on a thick pair of cotton socks to lock in the moisture.
Softening Callused Hands
Lanolin cream penetrates deeper into the skin than many moisturizing products, so it is effective in tackling even the worst cases of rough, callused hands. The lanolin breaks through the rough layers of skin to restore moisture, and it creates a barrier in the underlying layers of the skin to prevent moisture from escaping. When used regularly, lanolin cream can have a lasting effect on callused hands.
Soothing Chapped Lips
When the air is dry or temperatures are cold, your lips often take the brunt of the damage. Dry, flaky lips can benefit from lip balms containing lanolin, which delivers a heavy dose of moisture to the delicate skin on your lips. Applying a lanolin-infused product to your lips daily maintains moisture and prevents dry, chapped lips. You can also use it to heal lips that are already chapped.
Leigh Shan has been writing about beauty, health, fitness, home and small businesses since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Queens Courier," "Queens Business Today" and "The Real Deal" newspapers, as well as "The World Scholar" magazine. Shan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Fordham University in New York City.