I could fill a whole drawer with products that I’ve bought in my life claiming to calm dry, chapped hands. I’ve tried them all, from super-expensive department store balms in tiny glass jars to cheap drugstore buys that beauty bloggers swear by. Most rarely work, or worse, they irritate my skin even more. But a couple of years ago, my sister-in-law gave me a neon green tube of something called “Skin Food,” and it changed my life. OK, maybe not my life; it’s just lotion. But it’s helped me get through dry winters, long flights and constant hand washing and hand sanitizing.
Created by eco-friendly company Weleda in 1926 — yes, 1926! — the Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream is made from a plant blend that includes violas, calendula and chamomile, and it smells like a super-fancy spa. The cream is pretty thick as the base is made from beeswax, but it’s not greasy. I put it on at night and wake up with smooth, hydrated skin.
The magic comes at a price. It’s not crazy expensive, but a 2.5-ounce tube is about $20. However, one tube will last a while because a dab of this stuff goes a long way. If you’re not ready to commit and just want to test it out, there’s a travel-size tube for less than $5. If you’re ready to go all-in, there’s also a Skin Food Body Butter for dry legs and arms and a Skin Food Lip Butter for super-chapped lips.
“As someone who has had eczema my whole life and tried a lot of hand lotions, I can’t get enough of Weleda’s Skin Food,” Laura says. “I like it so much that I frequently give this magical moisturizer as a gift.”