Lanolin, also referred to as “wool grease”, is the only animal-based oil that can be obtained without killing animals and it is very similar to the sebum substance secreted by our skin. This natural oil is extracted from the wool of young sheep and it contains substances that play the role of a natural skin lubricant that provides moisture and softens the skin. The reason why sheep can live outdoors even in the cold winter is because lanolin oil protects their skin not only from the severe coldness but also from the harmful UV rays of the sun, wind, rainwater, and dirt.
Lanolin was once considered to be a big beauty no-no. Companies would label their product to be “lanolin-free” as if the ingredient was inherently a bad thing. Turns out, however, lanolin is one of the most skin-friendly ingredients around.
Granted, the ingredient is derived from the grease extracted from sheep’s wool, which doesn’t sound pretty. But it shows off an impressive list of benefits for the skin. “Its molecular structure most closely resembles that of human skin lipids,” says Kirsten Carriol, founder of Lanolips—a skincare company specializing in lanolin-based products. “Also, it’s a semi-occlusive breathable barrier, so it protects and absorbs at the same time. And once it penetrates into the skin, it holds up to 400 times its weight in water, so it’s a fantastic moisture reservoir for the skin.” In short, lanolin works double-duty: it moisturizes the skin from the outside AND helps the skin to moisturize itself from within. The result: baby-soft skin.
KICHO SHEEP OIL CREAM contains high-quality lanolin extract from Germany that moisturizes while improving overall skin tone and elasticity. The rich texture is creamy and soothing yet fresh and non-sticky, making it the perfect cream for anybody’s skincare routine.
Lanolin: animal ingredient that is animal-friendly. And definitely skin-friendly, too!