Weleda Skin Food

There's a good chance you've heard about Weleda's Skin Food... it's a cult classic and secret weapon of many makeup artists and celebrities. I was impressed with the all-natural brand's skin oil sampler kit last year, so when I found this legendary product on sale at a local health food store, I decided to give it a try.

Skin Food is a rich, multi-purpose cream formulated for dry, rough skin. The key ingredients include sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax and lanolin. There's nothing fancy about this product: it comes in a bright green aluminum tube and has that characteristically earthy scent of natural beauty products. But it is a miracle-worker. Winter always wreaks havoc on my hands, leaving me with stubborn dry skin and brittle nails. As soon as I purchased Skin Food, I used it as a hand cream and immediately noticed that my skin looked rejuvenated. Hours later, after washing my hands at least twice, they still felt smooth and soft. Since using this regularly, my nails are also less prone to peeling, which means manicures look better for longer. Although the formulation is quite thick and oil-based, I don't find it overly greasy.

From now on, I'll always have a tube of this as my go-to, lasting remedy for dry hands. Some people also swear by using it as a face cream; I haven't tried it, but if you're so inclined, do note that it has essential oils and might not be suitable as a face cream for very sensitive skins.

Have you tried Skin Food?

Weleda Skin Food, $12 via drugstore.com or £8.50 via Boots