How to Use Weleda Skin Food.

How to Use Weleda Skin Food. as seen by its green product

Whenever I get asked for suggestions for more affordable skin care options, Weleda is at the top of my list. I LOVE this brand.

Their products are clean, they smell amazing and feel incredible on the skin, and you can even get them at Target!

It can be really hard to find luxurious products (Into the Gloss called Skin Food a natural La Mer and I really agree with this sentiment) that are a) clean and b) affordable – for me, Weleda is IT.

Skin Food is a holy grail beauty product in my skin care lineup and I wanted to give it it’s own post today as there are tons of different ways to use it! Think of it kind of like a high-tech, more emollient rich coconut oil.. there are a million different ways to use it.. literally from head to toe!

How To Use Weleda Skin Food

One of the reasons that Weleda Skin Food is so good for skin is that it’s packed with rich, good for you ingredients. One of those is sunflower seed oil. Sunflower seed oil is packed with essential fatty acids to soften skin and keep it moisturized all day/night. Sunflower seed oil is also high in Vitamin E! It also contains hydrolyzed beeswax. When something is hydrolyzed, water is used to change it and simplify it. So in layman’s terms, hydrolyzed beeswax is beeswax without the texture issues. It’s also packed with sweet almond oil (gentle and smells amazing) and pansy extract (to soothe irritation). Plus extracts of gentle viola tricolorcalendula and chamomile.

It’s a wonder product. The only thing I don’t use it for is as an eye cream. You probably could, but I have sensitive eyes and find it to be irritating there.

Use it like you’d use La Mer.

I have dry skin so this is how I use it ESPECIALLY after a lot of travel, in the winter, or when I am hungover and my skin is really dehydrated. Warm up a few drops in your hands – it’s really rich so similar to La Mer goes on easier when you warm it up first! It makes a great night cream especially during the winter.

Use it For Travel.

Similar to how I use Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask (another holy grail) I love this on a long flight. Do not wear makeup if you do this. Once we’re in the air I’ll usually pat down my face with toner or a face mist and then add a nice thick layer of skin food. Not so thick that it’s opaque, just thick enough to make you pretty shiny. Your skin will be glowing and hydrated upon landing. (For bonus points, also apply to your cuticles, elbows, and hands.

Dilute it if it’s too rich!

If Skin Food is too rich for your liking, dilute it by adding a drop to your favorite day/night cream. Note: another good option is to use Skin Food Light which is one of my fav products – it’s a less rich version (I’d use light during the day and the original at night but if your skin isn’t dry, you could even use day AND night!)

Use it for those really dry spots!

This is how the brand intended it to be used (for those really bad dry spots… elbows, hands, feet. Apply before bedtime to smooth rough skin overnight.

Apply wherever you want to add a little sheen!

This is a fun makeup artist trick… apply just a little bit over makeup to leave a sheen just where you want it. For me, that’s my brow bone and the tops of my cheekbones.

How to Use Weleda Skin Food with their products all out on a patterened background

PS – There’s a full product range now. In addition to the original and light formulas, there is also an amazing body butter and a lip balm!

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

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  1. Sounds like a great brand! I like their no-nonsense packaging too! 🙂

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  2. EM says 9.10.19

    Took me moving to Europe to finally jump on board with this amazing stuff hahah whatever i love it!

  3. Sarah Mason says 9.10.19

    Obsessed with this brand! Sending this to my sister now.

  4. MarciaMarciaMarcia says 9.10.19

    I LOVE the entire Skin Food line! I’ve used the original for years, especially when my hands and feet get super dry. Oddly, even though I tend to have really dry skin, the original is too heavy for my face – I rarely break out but this causes it every time. I was so happy when they came out with the light version – it’s the perfect face cream for me. I also think the body butter is fabulous for everywhere else, rich but sinks right in and smells delicious but not too strong. If y’all haven’t tried one of the Skin Food products, you really should … they’re that good, and even better that they contain clean ingredients at a super reasonable price point!

    • grace at the stripe says 9.10.19

      Aw man I’m sorry it made you break out! I argue with friends all the time telling them they CAN put it on their face (I slather it on like butter and am fine, HA) so this makes me nervous!!!!

      I’m really glad that the light one is working well for you!

    • Dorothy says 9.10.19

      It makes me break out too! I don’t have oily skin, but I put it on my cheek bones for extra shine 🙂

  5. Stacey says 9.10.19

    Obsessed! I started using a few months ago and my skin has never looked better. I also love their cleansing milk and toner!

  6. Cristina says 9.10.19

    I love the Body Butter, and just saw at Whole Foods that Weleda has branched out into roller deodorants – both citrus and pomegranate scents. I’m curious to try!

  7. Kassie says 9.10.19

    Love skin food! It saved me this weekend after I got a sunburn on my shoulders and chest. I was out & about, so the only thing I had at hand my mini skin food in my crossbody. A couple of days later, my skin is soft, the redness has gone down, and there is no signs of peeling. Definitely had to warm it up in my hands for a bit to get it to spread though.

  8. Sara says 9.10.19

    Oooh, intriguing. I will definitely give this a try. I still swear by Everyday Oil, which you had recommended on your blog years ago (I have converted like 5 people too lol), but I will definitely checking this out at this price point. My skin goes nuts going into fall (combo skin) and even though I love my oil I’m always up for trying new things!

    • grace at the stripe says 9.11.19

      OMG I LOVE EVERYDAY OIL!!!! It’s one of those products that is always in my bathroom and I just love it so much. I also like that you can even wash your face with it.

  9. Johanna says 9.10.19

    So so glad that you wrote this! Tried Skin Food last year for the first time and fell in love. My skin is on the oilier side, but after my first PA winter (following 15 years in the South) last year, I ended up slathering it on my fave a few times before bed because my skin was that dry. I love the rest of the line: the Light really is perfect all year-around as a face cream, and the body butter is a perfect body lotion for winter. Love love!

  10. Chelsey says 9.10.19

    You got me and my husband both hooked on Weleda! I have sensitive and dry skin that’s been a little out of control lately and this moisturizer literally cured it. Better than any of the $$$ creams I’ve used.

  11. Meggie B Smith says 9.11.19

    I just go this for myself and loved it so much, I bought it for my mom!

    I can’t wait to see what you think of the Tula product. I LOVE your honest reviews!

    • grace at the stripe says 9.11.19

      Oh good I’m so glad!

      I’m really looking forward to trying the tula stick – have heard so many good things!

  12. Sarah says 9.11.19

    I bought Weleda Skin Food Light from your recommendation & I really ended up liking it! I use it in the mornings for some lighter moisturizing (even though it is a bit heavier than most creams) and I use Ponds Cream at night which is DEFINITELY a much heavier cream.

    The body butter is on my list to buy next time I’m at Target!

    • grace at the stripe says 9.11.19

      Oh good I am so glad you are liking it!!!! Let me know how you like the body butter!

  13. Lena says 9.11.19

    I loooove skinfood on flights and I also use the original skinfood as a lip mask! Works great!

  14. Anne says 9.12.19

    I started using Skin Food a few months ago as my night cream after I saw a recommendation from you. My skin has completely changed from combination to dry and the past year (thank you early onset perimenopause), and it has been a game changer. Thank you so much!

  15. Kori says 9.12.19

    I tried this based on your recommendation and love it! I have dry/dehydrated skin and just starting using a prescription retinol product that made some parts of my face feel red and irritated. I took a break from the prescription stuff and used Indeed Labs Hydraluron and Skin Food together one night and my skin was so soft and more hydrated than it’s been in a long time in the morning! Now I layer the two over the prescription stuff and it’s working great!

  16. Rosa says 9.21.19

    Great product I love it

  17. Kristy says 9.23.19

    This smells like gasoline! I bought it on Amazon and hate it so much. Anyone want mine? lol

    • grace at the stripe says 9.23.19

      Oh no! This made me laugh as I LOVE the scent! Sorry that you don’t like it!!!!

    • JC says 1.5.20

      Hi there! Ok.. so I think the same thing, ha! I keep seeing how everyone loves the scent and it definitely stinks

  18. Linda Kinh says 4.18.20


    Just received the skin food.,I was told this may help with my rosecea. It does not state anywhere on the package. Any thoughts or suggestions ?

    Thank you,
    Linda King