As per the description “Weleda Skin Food is a unique, ultra-rich whole-body cream that deeply hydrates, restores and protects skin with nourishing plant oils and extracts”. It promises to deliver a “healthy glow” and calm irritated skin.
Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*.
* From natural essential oils.
Now I live in Scandinavia where a “light” winter involves temperatures of -20 degrees. In a warmer climate my skin has always been oily. But the harsh climes here make my skin drier than a camel’s back.
Knackered and grumpy, I went to the “apotek” (pharmacy) and decided to try out the Cream since I had a discount coupon. It retailed for 71 SEK (~9 USD) for 2.5 oz which makes it a much cheaper option here.
After using it for a few weeks on my face – all I can say is fantastic! The texture is heavy but the scent is Lovely and herbal. It does give a shine to the face for the intial hour of wear, but skin is so parched it just sucks in any Cream I put on it. All in all a definite must have for the Winter months.
Rub, scratch, claw. That’s my usual skin routine during the delightful winter (December-February) months in the capital of India. Yes, a minimum of 9-10 °C may not sound as bad as -25°C (you poor New Yorkers you), but my skin begs to differ. Eczema flare ups this time of the year are pretty nasty for me.
Enter the Skin Food (SF).
Thanks to Kate of Living Pretty Naturally’s smashing blog, I was able to find an online site (Naturisimo) that sold the cream (£7.95 for 75 ml) with free delivery to my city, in 5 days flat. The product arrived at my doorstep housed in a cardboard box at least THREE times the size of my product and FULL of thermocol balls. Needless to say, the product was intact. *happy dance*
The cream was contained within an aluminium tube in a color printed folding box. Weleda uses aluminium for packaging since it does not react with the cream ingredients. Also, all the “tubes are free of nickel and are lined with a protective resin to avoid any interaction between the product and the aluminum material”!
Although marketed as a body cream, I find the SF can serve multiple purposes AND be used on the face. However, people living in warmer climates or with acne prone skin should certainly be cautious of using the cream in breakout regions.
Gooey, thick and lightish yellow, the cream when squeezed (slowly) out of the tube, smells extremely fresh and herbal. The fragrance is a bit overpowering and may take some time getting used to for a person with a sensitive nose (like moi).
A small dab is enough for me to cover small areas on face, hands and rest of the body. Quite oily, the cream normally takes an hour (winter) or two (summer) for my skin to completely absorb. The SF helps heal blemishes, cuts, scratches and mild-moderate dry skin. If your skin is excessively dry (hello eczema/accutane) then you may have to reapply the cream every 5-6 hours. Since the product size is quite small (30 or 75 ml) and not that affordable if you’re using it up quickly or excessively, I would suggest using something stronger and more economical (think Vanicream).
For me, the cream (75 ml) lasted a good long while (9 months!).
Weleda’s Skin Food cream is a definite HG and will remain in my MUST annual buy list for years to come. Thanks to my dearest friend Poo, I’ve restocked for 2015 already. Woooot!