If there’s one beauty product to rule them all, it’s Weleda Skin Food. Invented in 1926, the formulation has remained unchanged since then – and for very good reason. It. Is. Perfect. This rich, nourishing cream features soothing calendula and chamomile, softening glycerine, barrier protecting lanolin and beeswax, alongside sweet almond oil to gently care for skin.
Makeup artists and beauty editors swear by it and it has a long list of celebrity fans as well, with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Julia Roberts and Rihanna all raving about its benefits.
One of the main reasons Weleda Skin Food has become a beauty ‘must-have’ is surely thanks to its many uses. Buckle up, because you’re about to get familiar with the multi-tasking magic of Weleda Skin Food. It’s little wonder that fans admit they keep one in the bathroom cupboard, one in their handbag and one in the desk drawer.
1. Face Cream
Weleda Skin Food makes a fabulous face moisturiser. The best way to apply is to warm a dab of cream between the palm of your hands and then press lightly onto the skin. It will leave your face feeling soft and comfortable all day – or night. There is also a Light version of the original if you feel this one is a little too rich.
2. Hand Cream
Perfect for gardeners, as well as busy parents doing a lot of nappy changing and food prepping. The barrier ingredients in Weleda Skin Food do a great job of protecting the skin from the harsh drying effects of repeated handwashing.
3. Cuticle Cream
Lanolin and beeswax are a blessing for dry cuticles. Simply rub a tiny amount of Weleda Skin Food into the cuticles and hands at bedtime to soften and soothe overnight.
4. Barrier Cream
If you’re applying hair colour, Weleda Skin Food can be used to protect the skin around the hairline from absorbing dye. Likewise, it’s great for elbows, wrists, knees and heels prior to fake tanning.
5. Face Mask / Sleep Mask
For a fast fix for dry skin, apply a thick layer of Weleda Skin Food and remove it with a damp cloth after 20 minutes. For a luxe overnight nourisher, you can apply it like a face mask, sleep in it and wake to super smooth and hydrated skin.
6. Lip Balm
While Weleda has a Skin Food Lip Butter, the original Skin Food cream works beautifully to soften and nourish sensitive lip skin. It’s especially useful to soothe the lips after the drying effects of matte lipstick or cold weather.
7. SOS Skin Soother
If you suffer from very dry, cracked skin, these skin conditions can be helped with a daily application of a good thick layer of Weleda Skin Food.
8. Frizz Tamer
If your hair tends to frizz, mix a dash of Weleda Skin Food between your fingers and apply it to the ends to settle flyaways and act as a leave-in conditioner for parched locks. Just remember, this is one of those situations when the ‘less is more’ rule applies.
9. Makeup Primer
Weleda Skin Food is the perfect base for makeup if you have dry skin that appears flaky after foundation. Just warm a dab between your fingers, pat on a thin layer and let it absorb for 20 minutes before applying liquid or mineral powder foundation.
10. Tinted Moisturiser Maker
If you already own a thick foundation, but you’re looking for a more sheer and natural coverage, simply mix a dab of Weleda Skin Food with your foundation in the palm of your hand and apply to your face for a light tint.
11. Eye Cream
Weleda Skin Food can be used over the entire face and body, including around the delicate eye area. Gently pat around the orbital area with your ring finger to instantly replenish the undereye area.
12. Foot Cream
Very dry heels can eventually become cracked, so it pays to look after this often-neglected body part. Apply a layer of Weleda Skin Food each night before bed, pop on some cotton socks and you’ll soon see softer feet.
13. Body Cream
Oh yes, once you fall in love with Weleda Skin Food you will want to bathe in it. Weleda has a Skin Food Body Butter, but the original is still wonderful on any body part that is dry or irritated, scaly or flaky. Plus, the subtle uplifting scent and dewy finish makes it gorgeous to use on your arms, décolletage and legs.
14. Face Highlighter
For those that appreciate a subtle glow to their complexion Weleda Skin Food delivers. Pat it on to the high points of your face before makeup for a naturally dewy finish that’s as nourishing as it is pretty.
As if those weren’t enough reasons to love Weleda, we can’t help but adore this German beauty brand for other reasons too. Weleda was founded in 1921 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, a philosopher and scientist who believed that nature provides everything people need for balance and good health. Amen to that! Steiner collaborated with Dr. Ita Wegman (one of the first women physicians in Europe) and a team of scientists to create the world’s first range of synergistic products designed to reconnect the body with its natural rhythms. To this day, Weleda has stayed true to its founding philosophies and puts people and planet ahead of profits. They source many of their plant ingredients from their own biodynamic gardens (they even have a biodynamic farm and manufacturing plant in sunny Havelock North!). They work in fair trade agreements with small farmers and gardeners to source the best raw materials and all products are non-toxic, free from parabens, GMOs, phthalates and synthetic fragrances and are not tested on animals.