Weleda’s ultra-rich cream, Skin Food, turns 90 this year.
In 2015 alone, more than one million units of Skin Food were sold in over 50 countries around the world. It’s hard to deny the far-reaching impact this little green tube has had.
More than a classic, Skin Food is a green beauty icon, used by housewives and movie stars alike.
The thing is, quality never goes out of style.
A Milestone That Matters
Natural skincare is not a trend. It’s a movement that unites women across generations and continents. Proof, you ask? Skin Food’s enduring success.
Weleda’s high standards were well established prior the explosion of natural beauty products in the late 1990s and early 2000s. (Fun fact: Weleda was founded in 1921 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, a prolific philosopher/architect/social reformer/scientist in Switzerland. He’s even credited with founding the biodynamic approach to agriculture!)
I love that the same product my great-grandmother might have used is also a favorite of today’s trendsetting women like Adele and Julia Roberts. There’s beauty in that kind of staying power.
Jasper van Brakel, CEO of Weleda, says, “Sometimes the coolest trendsetting products are not the latest and newest fad, hip today and old news tomorrow. Sometimes old is the new new. This classic Skin Food continues to make people’s skin look vibrant and youthful since 1926.”
Well said, Jasper. Well said.
Often Imitated, Never Duplicated
As a green beauty blogger, I have an embarrassingly large number of products in my possession. There are bottles and jars for just about every skin concern imaginable. But I always have a couple tubes of Skin Food on hand, usually in my purse and on my nightstand.
Here’s why I love Skin Food:
- It uses high quality natural ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, pansy extract and calendula;
- It does not contain parabens, synthetic fragrances or petroleum-derived ingredients;
- Skin Food is certified fair trade and GMO-free;
and, most importantly,
- Skin Food works! It moisturizes and softens dry and rough skin like nothing else. For anyone struggling with stubborn dry skin, Skin Food is a miracle worker.
Inside the Ingredients
The ingredients in Skin Food have changed slightly in its 90 year history, due to sourcing and availability of some of the ingredients. But the end product is the same: deeply hydrating, healing and restorative.
Full Skin Food ingredient list: water, sunflower seed oil, lanolin, sweet almond oil, beeswax, alcohol, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, glycerin, limonene, pansy extract, hydrolyzed beeswax, sorbitan olivate, rosemary leaf oil, matricaria (chamomile), calendula, arginine, zinc sulfate, fragrance from natural essential oils, linalool, geraniol, citral & coumarin.
Skin Food is full of ingredients which don’t simply add a layer of superficial moisturization, but act to heal and improve the health of skin. For instance, the Vitamin E and essential fatty acids present in the sunflower seed oil sooth and nourish skin. Organic pansy effectively calms dry irritation, and is even gentle enough for eczema-prone skin. Calendula flower extract has anti-inflammatory benefits while also promoting the healing of damaged skin.
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How to Use Skin Food
Apply a small amount of Skin Food to rough or dry skin. Massage into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
As a powerful overnight treatment, apply liberally to hands, then cover with cotton gloves. In the morning hands will be soft and supple.
Where to Purchase Skin Food
Skin Food can be found locally at health food stores and large chains like Target and CVS. But if you like to shop online like I do, you can find Skin Food—often at a discount—here.
Happy birthday, you sassy green tube! Looking forward to the next 90 years.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.