This $12 Amazon Cult-Fave Cream Is Literally the Only Thing Standing Between Me and Parched, Scaly Winter Skin
There exists a whole host of moisturizers and face creams that celebrities, makeup artists, skincare buffs, and online reviewers alike are quick to dub Holy Grail status. It is the $180 La Mers of the world, the $265 Augustinus Baders, the $68 Tatchas. As in, it’s generally the pricey ones, with one exception: Amazon’s Weleda Skin Food.
This cult-favorite rich cream rings in at only $12 and is consistently one of the best-selling beauty products on Amazon (it has over 1,600 five-star reviews alone), but it doesn’t only stay in the lane of viral dupes. It’s also raved about by the likes of Julia Roberts, Victoria Beckham, and Adele.
Why do people who could certainly shell out the big bucks keep coming back to the unassuming green tube? It’s insanely effective, and in ways that go way beyond just your face. Much like the long-beloved Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, it helps soothe many skin woes, from hydrating dry skin—it works wonders on elbows, cuticles, cracked heels, and other problem areas—to providing a dewy base for makeup to smoothing down stray strands of frizz. It’s basically a winter skin warrior, for crying out loud.
“I put it on my hands after I wash the dishes, and wind up putting it on my elbows and feet," Julia Roberts previously told InStyle. "Before you know it, I've squeezed this poor little green tube into a twist." We’ll take Shelby’s word for it.
It all comes down to the powerhouse combination of ingredients, including calendula, chamomile, glycerin, and beeswax, paired with a cocktail of oils. It’s made without any synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or mineral oils, per the brand’s website—and it’s been around since the 1920s, which lends one to think they might be doing something right.
Now onto usage: Put it wherever, whenever. Seriously. But don’t be alarmed when it comes out ultra-thick at first; that’s the magic. After you warm it up in your hands, it goes on smooth as butter. It doesn’t immediately sink in like a water cream, but you’ll wake up with no residue and baby-smooth skin. Worth the momentary sheen, hm? Makeup artists even recommend swiping it onto your cheekbones and other high points before concealer or highlighter to achieve the glowiest finish ever.
Weleda Skin Food became so popular that the brand launched a complementary line of products that includes Skin Food Light for those with slightly more oily skin, Skin Food Body Butter for the ultimate all-over hydration (and a satisfyingly whipped texture!), and Skin Food Lip Butter for kicking those dry, cracked lips to the curb, once and for all. But you can find the original formula here.
The affordable price ensures you can keep getting your fix without breaking your bank—and with two-day shipping to boot.
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It’s time to conquer parched, scaly winter skin with a little help from our trusty green tube.