Weleda skinfood would have been a wonderful cream for everyone, had it not have the lanolin as an ingredient. Lanolin is not good for sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema or rashes! I have always had breakouts if i use products with lanolin on my skin.
Badger Balm has similar creams to Weleda, but without lanolin and also priced lot less ( added bonus).
So no, this is not really skin food for all types... :(
The natural choice for everyday care of the face and body - especially for dry or rough skin.
Formulated with extracts of Viola, Chamomile and Calendula, traditional used to soothe the skin. Harmonizes the skin structure and helps repair everyday surface damage. Especially recommended for dry skin, such as hands, feet and elbows. Free of synthetic fragrances, colors, preservatives and raw materials derived from mineral oils. Product and ingredients not tested on animals. I like Weleda products very much, but do find that Skin Food is a bit greasy going on and that it needs to be reapplied frequently to keep my hands looking moisturized and soft. I purchased this online by iherb dot com, $14.21 (they ship worldwide). I have a coupon code if you want order the first time: VIK284 and you have 5$ off.
I read about this particular product in many beauty blogs. Intrigued, I went off to buy it. At first the sensible toothpaste like container is very practical, higienic and no frills. Clearly labeled and easy to carry around, I was glad to buy it as an all purpose cream.
Well, it has its pros and cons for me. On the pro side, it is very thick which creates a sort of film over my hands literally shielding them from dryness. This effect on my face is very unpleasant, as my face is much more delicate and drier than my hands, and I am not washing it is as often as I do with with the former.
On dry knees, elbows and feet this is truly heavy duty. Once warmed up in my hands I apply this after taking a shower.
There was no way to use this on my face, too thick, pulling on my face to be able to blend it, yet somehow not really plumping or revitalizing my facial skin, or neck for that matter. I even broke out from it.
In few words: good for very dry body parts, and also as an overnight hand treatment. Not my face, neck or decolletage.
This smells like lavender and some sort of citrus oil blend.
Despite wearing lots of sunscreen, I still got a sunburn at band camp, and my dad said my face looked like a monkey's butt. I was upset enough to wear a giant banana leaf hat for two days afterwards, so Mom bought some cosmetics for me on condition that I stop wearing the hat. It encourages Asian stereotyping, she said.
She bought me a new sunscreen, witch hazel toner, Skin Food, and that insanely expensive albatross highlighter by NARS. That was four months ago, and I still haven't used the highlighter because Skin Food brightens the skin so well.
The cream is really thick and oily, but not slick like Vaseline. It's almost like a paste with oil, and it's hard to spread around, so I tend to press it in. I apply the witch hazel twice, tapping it in the first time only. The second time I leave it wet on my face, then press in the Skin Food cream, moving it upwards and tapping at random. It absorbs better this way, so skin looks well-moisturized instead of oily. Also it's nice not having to rub one's face so hard that it turns red. The witch hazel softens the cream, making it easier to absorb or blend or whatever it is that creams and faces do.
The most interesting thing about this cream is that it gives the skin a glow that other brands of cream do not. It's not because the cream is so oily that it makes the skin shiny, either. It's a clean, healthy look. It makes me look well-rested even when I pull three-nighters.
The packaging is nice, doesn't look too posh, none of that expensive-looking nonsense with finger smudges all over. It's not so good for putting in one's pocket (or purse, as I guess most of you beautiful ladies prefer) because it melts and makes the cap really messy. I flattened and rolled the top part of mine, and now there's a tiny hole, so don't do that either; flattening it is fine, but don't fold it.
The packaging and scent are unisex, which is very helpful for men and vain tomboys like me. But as great as the citrus scent is, I believe those oils make the skin more photosensitive, so be sure to wear sunscreen with this. Unfortunately, the cream is thick enough to make any extra layers uncomfortable, but then again, Weleda's Calendula baby cream has a similar texture and gives a similar glow, although the scent is far less pleasant.
I have heard so many great things about this cream, but found it too expensive to try, until I recently found a "travel size" for a reasonable price. Sadly, now that I tried it, I don't understand the hype. Sure, it has a nice consistency and scent, but it didn't do anything for my dry hands that any regular cream doesn't. Perhaps it works better for certain skin conditions, but it didn't do it for me.
LOVE ! i'm in love with skinfood. i usually get weleda's everon cold cream, but this is all target had. in my desperation to get rid of my lizardy eczema skin, i bought it and it transformed my skin in one application.
Really rich thick moisturiser, amazing smell (like most Weleda products) although I personally find its too thick for most everyday purposes and I use it primarily for the odd patch of dry skin- when my hands or face need a little extra looking after
In our house Weleda Skin Food is in the medicine cupboard. It's the go-to dry skin cream. We use it to treat: raw knuckles in winter, rough patches on elbows, over-dry cuticles or even the after effects of a sunburn. It is heavy, lanolin-based and thick but you only need very little. For years my husband used a very thin layer of it to relieve his neurodermatitis and it is very calming.
It smells great, citrusy and non-cloying. It's not expensive and readily available.
I would never use it on my face (well only if I had a severe dry patch for some reason) or as a hand cream, but for semi-medical emergency use on dry skin it is excellent.
The only issue I have is the tube: weak metal that tends to split at the sides if you push the last bit out and then the cream oozes out of places it shouldn't (plus I don't like the feeling it's not airtight any more) but that's only at the very end.
I tried this product after seeing the great reviews on here. Usually, whenever many reviewers say it was way too greasy, thick, and heavy, that means I'm going to love it. :-) I have extremely dry skin, and premature aging due to extremely fair skin that I would fry in the sun when younger.
I would give this 5 stars, except that it doesn't have many of the anti-aging ingredients that I'm looking for. I don't give it less stars for this, because not only does it not advertise itself as anti-aging, but it is extremely affordable. When I can't afford the more expensive anti-aging Dermalogica face creams that I love, with all the peptides, etc. then I resort back to this one.
I do have to say, that after a while of only using this cream, I will start noticing dullness to my face. But that's probably way less likely due to this cream. I tend to go through phases with my skin-care regime...for several weeks I'll do peels, enzymes, masks, use my Baby Quasar, etc...and those tend to be the times I'm more worried about my skin and so using the more expense moisturizers. Then my skin will be all glowing and dewy, and I'll forget about all these things I have, my expensive moisturizer will run out and I'll run to the corner health food store and grab more Skin Food, and after a while my skin will start looking dull, splotchy, and tired. I'm imagining the thick Skin Food starts collecting in all the dead skin cells that I'm not sloughing off via peels and other exfoliations, and so my skin is probably not absorbing the product. Then I get flaky, etc.
Finally, I'll get tired enough of having dull drab skin, and start the whole thing over again, getting back on my gentle peels, etc. My skin will once again glow.
This is the only non-expensive cream I've found that is heavy enough for my extremely dry skin. Some reviewers say it leaves a greasy film on their skin...I have to disagree. I just put it on right after washing my face, and then wait a while before putting my foundation on. There is no trace of the cream by then. I love that it's a more natural product as well. No fancy chemicals or peptides, but for its price, it's a true winner!
I have tried Skin Food twice: once in my mid twenties as a face moisturiser, and once now in my mid thirties as a hand cream on someone's recommendation.
As a face cream, it didn't take long for this highly fragranced product to break me out. My main criticism of Weleda products, and the reason that I can only really use those designed for hands and feet, is that they are absolutely overloaded with fragrance. The fact that these fragrances come from essential oils doesn't change their unsuitability for fragrance- sensitive skins.
As a hand cream, this fared slightly better in that it didn't irritate the skin there and moisturises reasonably well (unsurprising since it is super greasy). It takes ages to absorb though, meaning I can only really use before bedtime, and has such a strong lemony herbal scent that my husband has more than once likened it to insect repellant (he doesn't usually notice fragrances of any kind). I'm sorry to say I find this product overhyped, overpriced, and generally not suitable for me.