Weleda Skin Food
“If there’s just one thing you need to take with you to a desert island, it’s this little green magic tube. Skin Food is a universal saviour of dry, rough skin on faces, elbows, hands and feet – wherever you take a lot out of your skin, let Skin Food put it back in. With extracts of gentle viola tricolor, calendula and chamomile, in a rich, thick base of oils and beeswax, Skin Food loves your skin back to its best.”
This is the ultimate cult product within the clean beauty space. I was definitely late to this party as I have seen almost everyone posting about Skin Food. And I have to agree, this stuff really is worth the hype. Even the health food shop where I bought it had it labelled as a “cult product.” The uses are astronomical, which is what I love about natural products; they are so multi-use. This is a handbag essential for me.
How I Use Skin Food
Highlighter: Because the formula for this product is so thick and it leaves a sheen it makes the perfect highlighter. Obviously is doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter as it’s a moisture balm, but it gives a natural wet-ish highlighter look.
Face Moisturiser: Sometimes when my skin is feel extra dry I apply this over my moisturiser. I rub it in my hands then press it into the skin. It can break me out sometimes as it is heavy, but it works really well for some skin types.
Hand Cream: This is a great hand cream, but it is slippy and a bit sticky. I either apply it to the back of my hand, or before bed.
Foot Cream: My feet get some very dry patches, and this stuff is great. I apply it then put my socks on.
Lip Balm: I like this as a lip balm in emergencies, but I prefer the other uses.
On Other Dry Areas: For example, sometimes my armpits get dry from my deodorant due to the bicarbonate soda (I this it’s that) so I use the skin food there.
Texture & Scent
The texture is very thick. It is quite slippy and sticky too. It’s also very creamy, but heavy. To be honest, this is a formula that is worth a test. It reminds me of some kind of multi-use balm that sailors would use back in the day. This could be extremely incorrect, so don’t ask me why I think that. It smells very fresh, which was surprising to me. It has a lemon citrus scent mixed with a hint of grapefruit and leaves from the flower extract. Next time you go into a health food store or Holland and Barrett (in the UK) you have to test this stuff. It isn’t like anything I have tried before. I’m sure it will quickly become a staple for you too.
This stuff is amazing on dry areas of the skin as it restores moisture. It is very thick, and the essential oils used could irritate sensitive skin. I find that this product is amazing on areas of my body, but it does cause slight irritation on my hands. I do this love it as a hand cream though, but just be aware of this if you have very sensitive skin. As it is such a thick balm, it takes some work to move over larger surface areas of skin. This is why I’d suggest using it on smaller areas OR warming it up in your hands first.
As I mentioned above, I like to use this over my moisturiser sometimes when my skin is very dry. I feel like it helps restore moisture into my skin. However, I have serious blemish prone/acne prone skin so it does irritate my forehead are in particular due to the heaviness of the product. I find it to be fine on my cheek area though. This is great news for me as I love love love this stuff as a highlighter. I use it as a highlighter even when I don’t wear make-up which is most of the time actually. When I apply it to my skin I prefer it on a night as it is sticky, so I find fuzz can stick to it.
- Not a vegan product due to the Beeswax and Lanolin.
- Cruelty free product and brand.
Water (Aqua), Sunflower Seed Oil, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Limonene*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Sobitan Olivate, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arginine, Zinc Sulfate, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*. * from natural essential oils.