Weleda Skin Food: Does It Really Nourish Dry and Rough Skin?

The Weleda Skin Food cream is formulated to help alleviate skin dryness. It is marketed as a formula for hydrating and moisturizing the skin, particularly areas that are prone to dryness like the feet, elbows and hands. The manufacturer of Skin Food also claims that this cream is effective in nourishing damaged and rough skin.

The Weleda Skin Food cream, like other personal care products from Weleda, is made from natural ingredients and is said to be not just a skin care product but also something that can stimulate and soothe the senses with its smell.

Comments from users

"I originally bought this moisturizer for my skin...PLEASE do not apply this to your face if you are acne prone or have oily skin. It leaves an oily residue on your face after using it...definitely was not good for the face. But it DOES work well for anywhere but the face."
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"...I thought it was a bit expensive, but after using, it was so worth it and I will keep buying it. Yes it does feel oily when you apply, but my skin seems to absorb it pretty well after only a few minutes."
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"I like this product however I wish the scent were better...That being said, the product is nice overall. It has a pleasant, emolliant texture. I like it on the bottoms of my dry feet...may buy it again, assuming I can continue to tolerate the smell which I don't really like that much!"
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"Pros: super-rich moisturizer for face and body; concentrated; natural ingredients; minimal packaging. Cons: strong citrus-herbal scent could be a turn-off; looks and feels a little greasy initially."
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"...I bought this to try as a facial moisturizer, bad was good for feet and elbows but still felt heavy on other areas...the citrus smell is completely over the top and overwhelming."
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Our opinion

Whew! Quite a lot of comments for this product! Seems like a lot of consumers have tried this one. Let's break down what's good and what's bad about it, shall we?
Pros: very effective on areas like the hands, elbows, feet and other parts of the body that are prone to dryness; made from natural ingredients
Cons: the smell has been described from overwhelming to over the top to simply awful; feels greasy and heavy to some; not for the face

Our verdict

First, the manufacturer has not recommended the product as a facial cream, so we think that it's not their fault if some have tried it on their faces and found that it was not effective. The product has been praised for its effectiveness in helping dry areas of the body, so we think that merits a plus since the product is designed for that anyway. The smell? From what we've gathered, not a lot of people like strong-smelling skin care products. And this is the area where we have to deduct some points. We recommend it only for body-use and for those who would use it at night, in the privacy of their homes and to those who sleep alone.

Our Rating

(three stars)

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Company information

Weleda is a company that specializes in developing and selling complementary medicine, nutritional supplements and cosmetics. The Weleda Group is located in Arlesheim, Switzerland, although various associated companies can be found around the world, with the largest located in Germany.

Product ingredients

  • Water, Helianthus annuus, Lanolin, Prunus amygdalus, Glyceryl linoleate, Hydrolyzed beeswax, Fragrance, Viola tricolor, Rosmarinus officinalis, Chamomilla recutita, Calendula officinalis, Cholesterol, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Coumarin

Directions for use

Apply to dry areas of the skin and massage until absorbed



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