This is the £7.65 anti-ageing moisturiser Julia Roberts, 54, swears by

Photo credit: Laurent KOFFEL
Photo credit: Laurent KOFFEL

Suffice to say, Julia Roberts has pretty amazing skin. And although her eternally glow-y complexion might be down to good genes and an Eat Pray Love Bali lifestyle, who wouldn't still want in on the actor's skin secrets?

While she's often kept her go-to skincare products under lock and key, revealing only the virtue of taking your make-up off at night and a more paired-back regime, her daily moisturiser, on the other hand, might actually be sitting in your bathroom cabinets. In other words: Weleda Skin Food.

A now cult sensation, whose long legion of fans includes Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Victoria Beckham, is so popular that one sells every 11 seconds. Yes, really.

'I put it on my hands after I wash the dishes, and wind up putting it on my elbows and feet, before you know it, I've squeezed this poor little green tube into a twist,' Roberts told Instyle.

So, what's all the fuss about, then? It starts with hero ingredient Viola Tricolor. 'The quiet and unassuming wild pansy, or Viola Tricolor, has a long history of use in traditional herbalism, being used to treat many complaints including skin diseases and eczema,' explains Emine Rushton, holistic expert and author of 'Natural Wellness Every Day: The Weleda Way'.

'This plant grows easily in all gardens and can be used to effectively calm down dry, irritated skin – the active pharmaceuticals having a cleansing action on the skin and a stimulating action on the circulatory and immune systems,' she continues.

The ultimate hydration hero, this moisturiser does a lot in a little: it helps boost moisture levels, thanks to ingredients like glycerin, supports skin barrier function (remember: a compromised skin barrier can inflict skincare hell on your complexion, exposing your skin to pollution, UV rays and blue light; some of the main contributors to premature ageing) and actually locks in moisture, too.

So if your skin is feeling desert dry (thank you, heatwave) now might be the time to turn your attention to this super rich, super budget friendly skincare hero–for your face, elbows, hands, feet.

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