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The €9 product that this beauty writer can’t live without


by Hannah Hillyer
18th Jul 2019
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Fans of Katie Jane Hughes will have seen her use Weleda Skin Food to highlight the skin, but there are plenty of ways to use it


Weleda Skin Food is not a new product, in fact it’s been around since 1926. However, in the last couple of years it’s having a serious revival thanks to influencers like Katie Jane Hughes regularly featuring it on their Instagram feeds.

I fell hook, line and sinker for the hype surrounding this budget cream and haven’t looked back since. Not since Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream have I found something so all-purpose.

I now have a large tube (for at home), a medium one (for holidays) and a teeny tiny tube (for my handbag).  It can be used for a myriad of different things, and it excels at all you ask of it.

Sexy packaging

It doesn’t have sexy packaging, instead coming in a practical squeezy tube – which is great for chucking in your bag on the go. The formula is rich, and feels like a drink for thirsty skin, which is ideal for the winter months in particular.

The creamy formula, is paraben free and has a skin-nourishing base of sunflower seed oil, lanolin, beeswax and shea butter. It quickly absorbs to intensively hydrate the skin.

You’ll also have a bottle of this for ages because a little goes a very long way.

Weleda Skin Food 30ml; €9.05 at hollandandbarrett.com

Face mask

As this is such a rich cream it can work almost as a barrier. On a recent long-haul flight I slathered a thick layer all over my face to hydrate, and protect from dry, recycled plane air.

It can similarly be used on dry skin that needs some TLC before bed as an overnight mask.

As a highlighter

Fans of Katie Jane Hughes will have seen her use this product to highlight the skin, which is my personal favourite way to use it. Instead of a shimmery highlight, just pat this onto the high points of the face like the tops of cheekbones, middle of forehead, brow bone and cupids bow to add some serious sheen.

Your glow will look so natural and healthy, especially in harsh summer sunshine that can show up glittery highlights. The best way to fake that ‘glowing-from-within’ look.

Weleda Skin Food Light 30ml; €9.05 at hollandandbarrett.com

Face cream

This can be used all over the face as a daily moisturiser, especially for those with a drier skin type. It is so thick that it can be difficult to spread easily over the face. I tend to warm it up in my hands first and then press it into the skin. Be warned, it is a heavy formula so for those with acne prone, or oilier skins you may find this too rich.

Luckily the recently released Skin Food Light is more suitable for skin types that require a little less nourishment.

A healing balm

I also use this the way I used to use Eight Hour Cream. On dry elbows, hands, and cuts around ankles (from pesky summer sandals). If you get dry, flaky skin around your nose after a cold or a bad bout of hay-fever, this is soothing and healing applied liberally before bed.

Where can I buy it?

You can pick this up in most good health food shops, like Nourish or Holland & Barrett. The range has been extended recently to include Skin Food Light- not as heavy as the original formulation so good for those afraid of it’s richness-  as well as a Body Butter and a Lip Balm.

So if you like to pack light, or are trying to reduce the amount of products and packaging you consume, try this do-all hero product. You’ll be getting serious bang for your buck too as it’s only €9!

Header Image: @weledauk