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You may think that skipping body moisturizers every once in a while won’t hurt, but that could lead to longterm dehydration, premature aging and itchiness that can worsen during allergy season. If you’re dealing with chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, ignoring dryness can put you at greater risk for infections.
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We’ve found the perfect formula to help you prep and protect your skin for the upcoming, and often unpredictable, season: Weleda Skin Food. Loved by skincare junkies, makeup artists, parents, dermatologists and even a handful of A-listers including Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham, this rich, universal moisturizer is powered with plant nutrients, essential fatty acids and vitamin E and feels downright decadent when it melts it into your skin — and it rings in at just $20.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $20
"I put it on my hands after I wash the dishes, and wind up putting it on my elbows and feet," Roberts previously told InStyle. "Before you know it, I've squeezed this poor little green tube into a twist."
“What I love about it is that it’s not particularly expensive and you can find it anywhere,” Beckham told Into the Gloss. “The formula is so thick and buttery. When I have a tan, I’ll mix it with coconut oil—the same you use to cook with—and cover my entire body with it. I suppose some people may not like the greasiness, but it helps me hold on to the colour. And by the time I leave the house, I feel as if it’s really sunk in. Like my skin’s had a good drink. I go through so many of these…I wish they had bigger ones.”
This bestselling formula first launched in 1926. It has since reached cult-favourite status and is now backed by more than 5,000 reviews on Amazon.
“I decided to purchase this product after many Instagram posts about it and I do not regret my decision. I was shocked at first, as the texture is much stickier than I would imagine. However, it seeps in your skin very quickly and moisturizes great! If you're looking for a product to wear under your makeup, this is it!” reads one five-star review.
“I decided to give this a try after reading a bunch of reviews on this product. I have dry skin and have been trying out a lot of products (drug store brands to expensive brands). This cream seems to work the best for me so far,” reads another. “I do find the texture on the thick side but as long as you warm it up with your fingers, it’s fine.”
We’d say Weleda Skin Food is somewhere between an emollient and a ceramide moisturizer. If that feels too thick for you, you may want to consider Skin Food’s lighter formula.
Weleda Skin Food Light offers the same skin-loving qualities as its original cream, but it delivers a lighter consistency that glides across the skin, absorbs quickly and immediately provides moisture — perfect for those with oily skin types.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $20