German beauty brand Weleda was well ahead of the beauty and wellness world when it launched in 1921. Dr. Rudolf Steiner collaborated with one of the first female physicians in Europe, Dr. Ita Wegman, and a team of scientists to create a skincare range that was designed to reconnect the body with its natural rhythms using biodynamic farming methods to cultivate the natural ingredients. Steiner realized the human body was part of nature and should be treated accordingly.
Weleda's Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream ($19) was invented in 1926 and the 100% natural formulation has remained the same since. With calendula, chamomile, glycerin, lanolin, and beeswax alongside a cocktail of oils, it is incredibly nourishing. Recently, thanks to makeup artists like Katie Jane Hughes and Pati Dubroff, trusted skincare experts like Dr. Rachel Nazarian, and celeb fans including Victoria Beckham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, it has become seriously popular.
And rightly so—despite being originally created with very dry skin in mind, this multi-tasking nourishing product has countless uses. We reached out to Weleda Skin Food experts Pati Dubroff and Dr. Rachel Nazarian to find out their favorite uses for this skincare secret. Ahead, find their savvy advice on how anyone can incorporate this miracle cream into their everyday skincare routine.
Meet the Expert
- Pati Dubroff is a makeup artist whose work has been featured in American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Instyle, Glamour, Allure, and Elle.
- Dr. Rachel Nazarian is a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology who specializes in general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer, and dermatological surgery.
Rich in oils, lanolin, and beeswax, this product makes light work of softening and nourishing dry, cracked cuticles. Dr. Nazarian advises applying Weleda Skin Food to cuticles every night “to keep moisture from evaporating from nails,” which decreases the chance of your nail becoming brittle and cracked. As for Pati Dubroff, applying Weleda’s Skin Food to her cuticles is one of her top uses: “I first apply a lot of Skin Food to [my] hands. Then I dot a bit on each nail bed and massage the cream into each cuticle,” she explains.
If you have seriously dry skin, try applying a layer of Weleda Skin Food and leaving it on your face like a mask for five to 10 minutes before rinsing away with a cloth. “The chamomile and calendula extracts are calming and anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin,” explains Dr. Nazarian. Your skin will feel smooth and look unbelievably dewy. It's important to note, however, that due to the potentially pore-clogging nature of Skin Food's combination of oils and beeswax, acne-prone skin types may want to proceed with caution. When used on the face, this product should always be applied sparingly.
Recently I burned the skin on my face. Once the initial pain faded, I was left with a scaly patch of skin. I applied a layer of Weleda Skin Food and went to bed. Upon waking, the roughness had gone and my skin looked almost as good as new.
Dr. Nazarian explains why: “Due to Skin Food’s anti-inflammatory ingredients, it may offer a soothing effect for sensitive skin,” she says. I'm not the only one reaping the benefits, Dubroff also uses Skin Food to calm her skin if it's inflamed. But be careful: If you’re sensitive to scented skincare products, you may want to monitor your skin for an allergic reaction.
Tired of flyaway hairs? This may be your secret weapon. Dr. Nazarain recommends applying a small amount of Weleda Skin Food to the ends of your hair. Not only will your hair look smoother, but the natural ingredients will nourish your strands, too.
According to Dr. Nazarian, using Weleda Skin Food as a moisturizer is the ideal way to use this magical product. Whether you have dry skin or normal skin that's suffering in extreme weather, Skin Food makes for a very effective moisturizer. “Apply daily—after showering—to damp skin to maintain skin hydration,“ instructs Dr. Nazarian. “The essential oils work as an emollient to keep water within the skin,” she adds. There’s no doubt this miracle cream will leave your skin smooth and glowing.
Just like lanolin is a great way to soothe cracked cuticles and other skin surfaces, Skin Food can also be used to repair cracked skin on lips. You can buy a Weleda's Skin Food Lip Butter, but the original works just as well. Apply to lips every day, or when they’re chapped.
Whether you're dying your hair or applying tanning spray, Weleda Skin Food can be used as a barrier cream. When applying hair color, you can use it around your hairline to avoid dye transfer. You can also apply it onto heels, elbows, and wrists when using a tanning spray. Skin Food can also be used as a wind barrier cream to prevent dry and cracked skin. “I apply a generous layer before heading out on a cold winter, windy day, and my skin is protected,” Dubroff tells us.
If you are susceptible to cracked heels, Weleda Skin Food may be the perfect remedy. “I like to take a generous amount and massage my feet, then add even more on the soles of [my] feet, and slip on socks for an overnight foot mask,” says Dubroff. Indeed, while you sleep, the essential oils in Skin Food hydrate and calm the skin, and “improve the cracked, excessively dry areas,” explains Dr. Nazarian.
“Lanolin is great for reflecting light and giving a ‘glowy,’ ‘dewy’ appearance,” raves Dr. Nazarian. Both Katie Jane Hughes and Pati Dubroff agree. Hughes applies Weleda Skin Food to her face’s high points before applying foundation. Sometimes she will also layer some on after her makeup to ramp up the shine. After finishing her makeup, Dubroff also applies Skin Food, putting a small amount onto her fingertips and tapping it along the tops of her cheekbones.
Run out of eye cream? You can use a little Weleda Skin Food dabbed lightly around the orbital bone. It will make light work of plumping up dehydration lines, temporarily minimizing fine lines, and making you look like you've had a solid eight hours of sleep. But be careful, warns Dr. Nazarian, “the essential oils have natural fragrance and may be somewhat irritating.”
If you have very dry skin, a very light layer of Skin Food will hydrate your skin and help your foundation glide on smoothly. Use your foundation brush to blend a little onto your skin. Remember: Those with acne-prone skin should be cautious when using Skin Food on the face.
Don't want a heavy coverage of foundation? No problem. Dubroff makes her own tinted moisturizer with Weleda Skin Food when she wants a “sheer and glowy tint.” Simply use the back of your hand as a palette and mix a few drops of your liquid foundation with a touch of Skin Food. “I use this mix on the outer portions of [my] face and then use a touch of foundation or concealer on any areas that need a bit more coverage,” Dubroff explains. The more Skin Food you add, the sheerer the coverage will be. Simple.
Weleda Skin Food's Original Ultra-Rich Cream can be used daily on dry, cracked knees and heels, the backs of hands, shins, or even your décolletage for a beautiful sheen. “Skin Food is the ultimate multi-tasker as it can be used from head to toe, literally. It is my favorite body cream,” says Dubroff. “I focus especially on elbows and knees.”
Shop the rest of the Weleda Skin Food range below.