This cult moisturiser sells one every 16 seconds
Why Weleda Skin Food is the best natural face moisturiser.
Way back when the natural movement was still in nappies, Swiss brand Weleda were creating world-leading holistic natural skincare. Established in 1921 (yes, really!) by the Austrian philosopher and natural scientist, Rudolf Steiner alongside a Dutch doctor and a German a chemist, the company has made a name for itself for their high quality, efficacious and sustainable products. Almost 80 percent of Weleda’s raw ingredients come from organic or biodynamic farms – and all without artificial preservatives. Needless to say, over the years they’ve created just a few cult products that women in the know use – and love – worldwide. Perhaps the most famous however is the product consistently dubbed the best natural face moisturiser in the world - Weleda Skin Food.
If you browse the pages of magazines and beauty blogs you’ll see passionate dedications to this little green tube. It’s even been called a dupe for Creme de La Mer – the $400 face cream. But what makes this the best natural moisturiser? Why is it so special? Let us fill you in.
The original, rich Weleda Skin Food cream was created in 1926 (that’s right, it’s almost a century old), but they didn’t mess around: they got the formula right the first time. So right in fact, it hasn’t been changed since. Yep, it’s that good.
It’s 100% natural
Back in a time when natural was a bit of a kooky thing to be, Steiner and his crew made their natural formulations with plants grown using biodynamic farming methods. Skin Food includes a bunch of nourishing oils including almond and sunflower oil, plus calendula and chamomile to soothe and calm.
It’s a serious multitasker
The thing about Skin Food is that it’s a one-stop shop. The wonder product is the kind of thing you can chuck in your bag when you go on holidays and only use that one product – for everything. Here are just a few of the ways it can be used:
Face/ Body moisturiser:
One of the benefits touted by the brand is that its cocktail of ingredients will help bring your skin back into balance. It’s rich, nourishing and hydrating – perfect for dry or normal skin types. As a body cream, it packs a powerful punch, especially in winter when your skin needs a little extra love around the rough patches (knees, elbows, ankles). If you like your moisturisers on the lighter side, there’s also the new(er) Skin Food Light which will give the same benefits in a lighter formulation.
Hand cream and foot cream:
Probably not surprisingly, it’s also excellent as both a hand and foot cream. For feet, try lathering it on the rough areas before bed and popping a pair of cotton socks overnight for dreamy-soft feet. For hands, you can do the same with a pair of cotton gloves, or use it to refresh your cuticles – the lanolin, beeswax and oils work their magic here. It’s for this reason it also makes a great, softening lip balm too.
If you’ve been sitting inside in aircon/ heat for the last few months your skin is most likely zapped of hydration. Enter: Skin Food. Just pop on a coat of this, leave for 10-15 minutes and watch your skin drink it up. Dab or wash off any excess with a damp cloth.
But that’s not all. A quick search on Google will tell you that you can also use it as a primer, an eye cream, a barrier cream, and even to smooth down flyaway hairs. It’ll probably also tell you that Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham are fans. So, you know, if it’s good enough for the A-list…. We’re just saying.