This $17 skin balm has 101 different uses—here are 5 that will change your life

March 03, 2020 at 03:00PM by CWC


In the beauty world, multitasking products are a dime a dozen. There are tinted lip balms, SPF moisturizers, and blush-highlighter hybrids that look just as gorgeous dusted over your eyelids as they do dappled onto the apples of your cheeks. But with all of these things, “multi-use” really maxes out at two, maybe three different options. But prepare to have your mind blown, because we discovered a $17 ointment that has a whopping 101 ways to use it.

Lanolips 101 Ointment ($17) got its name because it has 101 different uses, and a more than two-thirds of them are related to your beauty routine. It’s made with lanolin, a by-product of sheep’s wool that’s famous for its dry-skin saving properties (and don’t worry—their version is harvested humanely and is cruelty-free). The ingredient holds 400 times its weight in water, and helps skin hydrate from within, while also acting as a barrier to protect it from the elements.

Because of all this, the 101 Ointment is commonly used for things like chapped lips, windburned cheeks, and dry nostrils—the usual dry skin issues that tend to pop up during the winter months. While all 101 uses make the stuff well worth adding to your arsenal, we sussed out five that will legit change your life—or at least your hair-care, skin-care, and makeup routines—for the better.

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5 genius uses for Lanolips 101 Ointment

1. Make retinol more tolerable: If you’re one of those people who can’t apply even a pea-sized dollop of any vitamin A derivative without your skin freaking out, Lanolips has got you. Mix it with your retinol to make it less irritating, particularly when you use it in ultra-sensitive areas like under your eyes.

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2. Mend hair breakage: There are hundreds of products on the market that claim to zip up split ends, but all you really need is this tube of balm. You can use it on your ends to give them the appearance of being freshly cut, or mix it into your leave-in conditioner for a doubled dose of moisture. And if you’re dealing with frizz or flyaways, rub a small amount of the ointment between your palms and apply liberally for an instant taming effect.

3. Tame unruly brows: Brows misbehaving? Slather a spoolie in your 101 ointment and use it to brush them back—they’ll stay in place all day long. The stuff can also be used post-wax to calm irritation, which means it’s basically your brows’ best friend.

4. Give lashes extra oomph: Most of us are willing to go to great lengths for the sake of amped up lashes, but Lanolips can work some real magic when it comes to keeping them healthy. Coat your lashes in the ointment before bed for a nourishing and conditioning effect that will be well received after a long day’s worth of mascara wear.

5. Protect your nails: Your nails can get dry the same way your skin can, and the ointment can help rehydrate them. But one really mind-blowing trick? Coating your cuticles in it before and after you go into a chlorinated pool can keep them from getting brittle and breaking. The more you know, huh?!

Bonus tip: Mix your Lanolips ointment with your blush to turn it into a cream, then use it to sculpt your face by way of blush-draping. Or put them on top of your eyeshadow to instantly gloss-ify the look for a more subtle take on the iridescent makeup trend.

Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
Selected by CWC