Leave it to the Swiss to come up with a cream that heals and moisturizes the driest skin in harsh, cold climates. Weleda Skin Food is an organic all-natural moisturizer that contains vitamin E enriched sunflower seed oil, and pansy, rosemary leaf and calendula flower extracts, which are supposed to make it mildly antiseptic, calming and anti-inflammatory.
When temperatures drop, that's my signal to break out a tube of this thick, rich cream with a light orange scent. I not only apply this to my feet, elbows and knees, but find it healing to my arms, which are keratosis pilaris (KP) prone. KP affects a large segment of the population and is a bumpy rash that generally appears on the back of arms and tops of thighs. Mild exfoliation and creamy moisturizers keep my KP in check so Skin Food becomes an important step for me in winter time.
The best part of using Skin Food is that I continue to feel it on my skin even 24 hours later without a need to reapply. Yet, it's not overly greasy and doesn't noticably rub on to clothing. I also use Skin Food to heal dry patches on my face by pressing my already moisturized hands on flaky areas. This allows just a small amount to transfer over, and I've had no break outs from it.
Weleda Skin Food has become a cold weather staple for me that I can't live without and so gets an A+. It can be purchased at www.weleda.com for $17 U.S./2.5 oz. or $10 U.S./1 oz. and also in many health food stores.
Originally reviewed Dec. 28, 2009.