It was that time of the year again – dermatologist time – when I head off to UCLA to visit Dr. Joan Wu. I adore Dr. Wu. Seriously, in the history of favorite doctors, she ranks right up there with Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Whatever Dr. Wu tells me to do, I usually run right out and do it. (Good thing she’s not a cult leader, right?) So when Dr. Wu gave me samples of Aquaphor Healing Ointment for super dry skin, I took them. Yes, they weren’t green or eco-friendly, but I knew they would work.
And so they did – within days, dry patches were clearing up. However, my health conscience was not. This product is petroleum-based and filled to the brim with unnatural ingredients. So what’s a green girl with dry, patchy skin to do? I thought about calling Dr. Quinn. Then I decided to consult the green world o’ beauty.
Luckily, I was able to find an extremely hydrating product without quite so many synthetic chemicals. Weleda’s Skin Food provides extreme moisture. It has a light, floral smell and leaves a wee residue on your skin. It gives great hydration, and it worked really well on my driest skin. I’d recommend it for use on hands, feet and elbows.
But how natural is it? It gets a Skin Deep rating of 6, mostly because it contains fragrance and coumarin. But it does boast an abundance of organic essential oils derived from organic pansy, chamomile and biodynamic calendula.
Weleda offers up 2.5-ounces of this product at $17.50. They practice biodynamic farming methods, which means their products are chemical and pesticide-free. And they have a fair trade business policy! You can find Weleda’s Skin Food here.
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