Dry hands need some extra love and care. You use your hands for everything and you really don’t want to get to the point where they are so bad that they are cracked and on the verge of bleeding.
I have been using Welda Skin Food for some years now. Do I reach for it every day? I haven’t until recently with the extreme hand washing. In the past, I have reach for it about every week to put on my dry cuticles mainly. I used it quite often when I was just starting out on Retin-A and it worked like a dream for those dry, irritated patches. I should reach for it more, as it has so many uses. Perhaps I will continue using it more often even after COVID-19.
It is a thick, slightly yellow consistency. Weleda Skin Food does not smell like peaches and cream, I assure you. It smells medicinal with a hint of citrus to me. My daughter can smell the citrus and some essential oil that she can’t quite put a name with it. Even with that, I keep buying it because it works so dang well. (By the way, she likes the smell)
Texture and feel
It is more of a balm but not as outwardly greasy as some balms. I wouldn’t compare it to a petroleum-based product, for instance. Although there are some similarities to that type. This balm is hard to describe. Weleda Skin Food Cream leaves a slight layer of protection on the hands which makes it perfect for dry hands.
I haven’t used it all over my face without mixing it with another lotion. So I don’t know how it would apply with just using it on your face at night. I would assume great if you have very dry skin and would like to use it as an overnight mask. I am prone to milia so I don’t usually use anything quite this emollient on my face. I am not sure that it would give me Milia when I consider the ingredients.
During the day, I tried it once on a dry patch and it didn’t play well with my makeup. It did that balling up and rolling off my face. So I started all over again with the makeup. This time, I decided to wait a while for it to sink into my skin on the dry patch. That worked perfectly.
They do make a lighter version of this product, but I haven’t tried it yet. I think that may work better for applying under makeup.
I have used it around my eyes when they are extremely dry or I have irritated the heck out of them. I have made sure that it is just on the orbital bone. This product would probably move a bit, so I don’t think I would use it around my eyes as a general rule. There are better things to use around your eyes.
When I have used it around my eyes after an extreme allergic reaction (my medicine dries the skin out), I have only used a very tiny bit. I use it a short while before bed so it doesn’t migrate into my eye itself. As I stated this has only been in extreme cases, so I wouldn’t recommend it for an everyday routine.
If your face gets very dry with travel this works as a great protectant. There are a lot of people that use it on a plane when traveling (without makeup). I would even probably use it on a long car ride if I wasn’t going to wear makeup for the day. You would arrive with the most hydrated plumped up skin ever.
Elbows and Feet
I swear elbows and feet are the hardest to keep looking good. It is a constant thing to try and keep your elbows soft. Weleda Skin Food does it. It has to be applied quite often at first and then it is about a once a week thing.
For the feet, I like to apply it to the heals and around my cuticles. I put on a nice pair of thick socks and then go to bed. Your feet look pretty good instantly, but when you wake up they are even better without any greasy feeling. Works better than regular lotion.
Weleda Skin Food
Weleda Skin Food as been around since 1921. You can’t say that for a lot of products. If it can stand the test of time, that is saying something. Weleda Skin Food is available at Target or at quite a few wellness shops. I also just saw it at Kroger Food chains so it isn’t hard to find and speaks to its overall appeal.
It is 18.99 for 2.5 oz but if your hands are suffering it is worth it. It is worth it anyway. You can use it on almost any part of your body. It only takes a small amount of this product to do the trick. The packaging is an aluminum type tube so it lasts for a very long time and you don’t have to worry about breaking it.
Weleda Skin Food has natural ingredients without preservatives, it is not vegan. It is close. This product does contain Lanolin, which is from the wool of sheep. However, if you have lived on a farm, you know you have to shave the sheep and they aren’t hurt in the process. (It is like giving your dog a hair cut). Lanolin is so natural that it can be used by women breastfeeding to protect their nipples.
Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Limonene*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arginine, Zinc Sulfate, Fragrance*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*.
Other offerings from this brand
I can see on the packaging on the store shelves that it now states the Original Ulta Rich Cream, my packaging doesn’t have that on it. Mine hasn’t expired so I would guess that I just got old packaging. It does help differentiate it from the lighter version that is now available (see picture on the right).
This isn’t everything in the brand’s line, but I don’t know how available the others are to everyone. I will probably try these at some point. They look very promising, especially the light version.
I would go out and get Weleda Skin Food Cream to combat those dry hands and then keep it around for everything else. I am not supported by the brand or this product in any way. I just don’t think there is any need to suffer from dry hands when Weleda Skin Food works so well and is easy to find. Also, your cuticles and hands are going to look great.