Ask Lauren: How Do I Fix Dry Skin?

Ask Lauren: How Do I Fix Dry Skin?
The winter season is in full swing. Between harsh artic winds and frigid temperatures your skin is probably suffering. If you’re like me, you are most likely anguishing over one (or all) of the following: dry, chapped, or flaky skin. Let’s just say that the Skin Gods are not on our side this time of year. Luckily there are a few simple remedies for this mid-winter beauty woe. Here are a few of my personal tips and tricks I turn to when my skin is extra thirsty:

Turn down the heat. Hot water leeches moisture from your skin. Be sure your shower is warm but not scalding hot. Once you get out of the shower, apply a thick lotion all over and then put on a cotton robe to give your body some time to absorb and lock in the moisture.

Egyptian Magic. This product is a serious miracle worker. I use it almost every single day. After cleansing my face at night, I slather it all over my face and neck. By the time I wake up in the morning, my skin is happily moisturized (no matter how dry it was the night before).

Drink up! You body is nourished from the inside out. Therefore it’s key to ensure you are taking in lots of water throughout the day. If you don’t drink enough water, your lips will be chapped and your skin will be dry.

Go Greek! The lactic acid in Greek yogurt is very beneficial to your skin, particularly when it’s dry. Give my Greek Yogurt Mask a try—it is both nourishing and hydrating.

Make your makeup moisturize. During the winter months, it’s important to update your beauty regimen. If you have particularly dry skin, maybe use a milky foundation and skip the powder. Or opt for creamier blushes. Sometimes I mix my moisturizer (I use Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer, but CeraVe is also very good and inexpensive) with my foundation or concealer, which make the application smoother and it helps to quench my skin. If I’m on the go, I like to spirtz some of this Neroli Water on my face too. It’s also very hydrating.

Do you have a homemade remedy for dry skin?

If so, share it in the comments below or submit it as a recipe for a chance to be featured here on the website!

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    These are great tips Lauren! Thanks!

  • Christina Warren

    Such a great and informative post!! Can’t wait to try some of these! Love it!

    http://www.christinamartina.com

  • Laura Ramos

    Please do an article about oily skin!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i love your eyeliner lauren! :) i always use a heavier moisturizer in the winter months and drink tons of water. it’s only 5 degrees in boston today so waiting for the bus outside can be brutal!!
    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com/2013/01/style-inspiration-simply-chic.html

  • Clinton Cunningham

    Alba has an all natural Green Tea that refines and gives your skin an instant glow! Target sells it for around $15 I have oily skin and it is perfect!

  • kjandersen11

    loved this post as I

  • Heather Henderson

    I use Aveeno moisturizer every morning! It hydrates my skin and has SPF 15 in it so it protects my skin from eventual wrinkles.

    http://www.hsquaredfashion.com/

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I must say, Oil of Olay is still the best moisturizer out there.

    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • Rachel Trampel

    I’ve never head of the Egyptian Magic, I will have to give it a try! I am also trying to be better about drinking more water during the day!

    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  • Edith Scheie

    At night I use Walgreen’s Vitamin E Skin Oil. It has two ingredients: safflower seed oil and Vitamin E, so it’s not irritating to sensitive skin, and it’s very inexpensive – I bought it on sale for $7.99. It usually costs $8.99, but I’ve seen it on sale online for $6.99. It comes in a 4.8 oz. bottle. You need just a few drops, so it lasts a long time. During the day, I use The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Cream. Both work very well.

  • Sabrina Ramirez

    I love using Oil of Olay in the morning since it has SPF and almond oil at night on my face. For my body, I like to use body butters. I’ve never heard of Egyptian Magic, I’ll have to Google it. As for water, its hard to drink it cold in the winter so I like to opt for hot tea.

    http://www.thebeautybranch.com

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Great tips, drinking lot of water always helps me a lot!!

    Kisses
    <3Val
    http://www.beautyval13.blogspot.com

  • ChefApril

    I drink a ton of water and still have dry skin! I’ve done avocado honey masks that work but only last a little while.I must give this Egyptian magic a try! Do you have to order it or can you find it in stores?

  • Jessica De la cruz

    Super tips, you are amazing.
    http://jessicadelacruzperez.blogspot.com

  • Samantha Curtis

    Great tips! I get dry skin all the time in the winter! it’s horrible!

    ♥ Samantha
    http://busysweetlife.blogspot.com

  • Kate Noto

    I try to put lotion on my skin every night before I go to bed and I try to do the same thing before I go to work

  • Jen

    This post was extremely helpful for me! Using acne medications makes me have dry skin! Now I want to buy Egyptian Magic!

  • Gwen Midgyett

    Egyptian Magic is now available at Urban Outfitters.

  • Nathalie Maxey

    Great tips!

    XO Nat
    http://www.natinlove.com?cm=1
    Nat in Love

  • Alexandrea J.

    Jojoba oil is an excellent face moisturizer, I sometimes put that on underneath my makeup. I let it sit for about 5 minutes before I apply. :) Thanks for these tips though because my face has been getting a little dry lately which has never happened to me before in the winter. So thanks! :)

  • Alyssa

    Every time I get out of the shower or after I wash my face, I put on a moisturizer with SPF 15 in it.
    These are some good tips! Definitely need to give them a try.

    Visit my blog! alyssamarierose.com

  • Giselle Escamilla

    great thanks lauren:)

  • Shoegal Out In The World

    Great beauty tips, to revive our dry skin during the cold months…

    thanks, Lauren!!!

    xo, Violeta

    http://www.shoegaloutintheworld.com/

  • Anna Muller

    You can also wash your face with 50% extra virgin olive oil, 50% castor oil. Sounds weird, but its the best face wash you can ask for (plus its all natural and cheaper than all those pricey products). Oil dissolves oil, and while the EVOO moisturizes (and is awesome since it is the same pH as your skin), the castor oil washes away the dirt/makeup/blackheads. I used to have oily and flaky skin, now its always flawless – I don’t even need to use face lotion, even in this cold & windy weather.

  • Gabriela Kerzhner

    Great tips!
    You’re welcome to visit my MAC Lipstick giveaway!
    http://www.therainstreet.blogspot.com

  • My Style Diary

    Great tips! Your skin looks perfect as always, thanks Lauren :)

    http://mystylediaryblogspot.blogspot.com/

  • Emily

    I really want to try the Egyptian magic! Sounds awesome :)
    xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

  • Deanne Castro

    I need to try these! I have very dry skin!

    For more on fashion and beauty, please check out my blog: http://myfashavenue.blogspot.ca
    Today’s post: My Look: Cool Mint…

    Need some inspiration? follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @MyFashAvenue

    xo
    Deanne Castro

    My Fash Avenue

  • Kayla

    Your bow head band is to die for! These are such great ideas! Thank you for sharing. I hate when my skin becomes dry and never know good products to use.
    What would you recommend for hair care during winter? I have short hair and it gets to staticy and tangled when I let it down. Any suggested products?

  • Shellz

    pls check out blog new posts everyday:

    10 best drugstore lipsticks
    Essence cosmetics give away:

    http://www.shellzdoll.com/2013/01/21/essence-cosmetics-give-away/

  • Leanne

    Beautiful make up in this pic!

    love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Lena Ameri

    The greek yogurt tip is my favorite! It’s an awesome face mask! You can mix anything into it: cucumbers, strawberries, honey…. So versatile for anything your skin needs that day!

    For more tips and tricks:
    http://www.liveitmag.com/

  • Zeineb Abdelhedi

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  • Kelby Peachey

    Not only should you adjust your make-up routine, but also your skin care routine. Your skin is not the same in each season, so why should your products be? Bonus: its an excuse to purchase new make-up!

    -Kelby
    http://peachypains.com

  • Haley

    What are some of your favorite stores? I love your style, but I don’t really know where to shop. Got any tips?

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  • zennyram

    Absolutely love this article! Thank you for these tips, I have dry skin also. I recommend you try the Josie Maran face serum. It’s amazing and does wonders for my face.

  • debora f

    I have the opposite problem .. combination skin. in dry areas a drop of almond oil in the evening after cleansing and a lighter cream for the rest of the face

  • Vee

    Coconut oil or Olive oil is great for moisturizing skin! Sometimes the best ingredients come from your pantry.

    - Vee
    http://www.theavenuevee.com

  • Kylie Miller

    Awesome post! I have dry skin, especially in the winter. I make sure to moisturize a lot! Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • Heidi_Beth

    Thank you!

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  • Janelle Zapp

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  • marry kelly

    Dry skin is really very tense matter. Thanks for giving the clue to get right things.
    http://ukmobileworld.co.uk/

  • Christina Mansfield

    AH! That Egyptian Magic sounds really awesome! I just discovered coconut oil. I had got a can and the oil is rather sweet, but it doesn’t dry sticky like you would think. It moisturizes my face, and it just dried rather shiny. I also mist natural fruit waters and add baby oils to them. I do this after I get from the shower. I leave the house smelling like amazing. It really is natural and helps so far :)

  • Juliana Farrage

    I can’t go a day without lathering on my dove facial lotion with spf! It’s cheap and at target.

  • Juliana Farrage

    I can’t go a day without lathering on my dove facial lotion with spf! It’s cheap and at target.

  • Juliana Farrage

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  • tawnyr21

    I use 3 tablespoons of castor oil, 1 tablespoon of pure olive oil, and a few drops of tea tree oil. I rub it on my face and place a hot towel over it. I leave it on until the towel cools and then wipe off the oil with the towel. I leave SOME oil on my face and if some areas are still dry I rub A LITTLE BIT more olive oil on it. My skin feels amazing and the tea tree oil helps with my acne :) I do it twice a day

  • tawnyr21

    I use 3 tablespoons of castor oil, 1 tablespoon of pure olive oil, and a few drops of tea tree oil. I rub it on my face and place a hot towel over it. I leave it on until the towel cools and then wipe off the oil with the towel. I leave SOME oil on my face and if some areas are still dry I rub A LITTLE BIT more olive oil on it. My skin feels amazing and the tea tree oil helps with my acne :) I do it twice a day

  • ShimmerLove22

    I love using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as my body moisturizer at night. A little goes a long way but I pile it on at night so when I wake up my body is nice and moisturized.

    I use Macadamia Oil for my face. It soaks up rather nicely, has helped heal my acne scarring and discoloration and also works great to get rid of acne.

  • Ginger Master

    I mix coconut oil with vitamin E oil. It lasts a long time because you only need a little. I’ve also found this to be a miracle worker on sunburns!

  • Ginger Master

    I mix coconut oil with vitamin E oil. It lasts a long time because you only need a little. I’ve also found this to be a miracle worker on sunburns!

  • Ginger Master

    I mix coconut oil with vitamin E oil. It lasts a long time because you only need a little. I’ve also found this to be a miracle worker on sunburns!

  • Ginger Master

    I mix coconut oil with vitamin E oil. It lasts a long time because you only need a little. I’ve also found this to be a miracle worker on sunburns!

  • Ginger Master

    I mix coconut oil with vitamin E oil. It lasts a long time because you only need a little. I’ve also found this to be a miracle worker on sunburns!

  • Tayla-Lauren

    Great tips!
    All of today I have been looking at my skin thinking its shockingly dry.
    May just pop down to my fridge to make that greek yogurt mask :)
    Thanks LC!

    Tay xo

  • Tayla-Lauren

    Great tips!
    All of today I have been looking at my skin thinking its shockingly dry.
    May just pop down to my fridge to make that greek yogurt mask :)
    Thanks LC!

    Tay xo

  • Tayla-Lauren

    Great tips!
    All of today I have been looking at my skin thinking its shockingly dry.
    May just pop down to my fridge to make that greek yogurt mask :)
    Thanks LC!

    Tay xo

  • Tayla-Lauren

    Great tips!
    All of today I have been looking at my skin thinking its shockingly dry.
    May just pop down to my fridge to make that greek yogurt mask :)
    Thanks LC!

    Tay xo

  • Traci Ferguson Hayes

    I use a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil every night after I wash my face. I also like to make homemade masks every now and then. I usually mix in banana, honey, and yogurt or an avocado with yogurt. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I have unusually sensitive skin, so the oils and the masks help me regulate it.

  • Traci Ferguson Hayes

    I use a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil every night after I wash my face. I also like to make homemade masks every now and then. I usually mix in banana, honey, and yogurt or an avocado with yogurt. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I have unusually sensitive skin, so the oils and the masks help me regulate it.

  • Traci Ferguson Hayes

    I use a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil every night after I wash my face. I also like to make homemade masks every now and then. I usually mix in banana, honey, and yogurt or an avocado with yogurt. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I have unusually sensitive skin, so the oils and the masks help me regulate it.

  • Traci Ferguson Hayes

    I use a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil every night after I wash my face. I also like to make homemade masks every now and then. I usually mix in banana, honey, and yogurt or an avocado with yogurt. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I have unusually sensitive skin, so the oils and the masks help me regulate it.

  • Traci Ferguson Hayes

    I use a mixture of coconut oil and almond oil every night after I wash my face. I also like to make homemade masks every now and then. I usually mix in banana, honey, and yogurt or an avocado with yogurt. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I have unusually sensitive skin, so the oils and the masks help me regulate it.

  • Aria Whitcomb

    @Traci Ferguson Hayes: so do I!
    And thank you, Conrad, your advice really helped! Especially the Egyptian Magic part helped!

  • Aria Whitcomb

    @Traci Ferguson Hayes: so do I!
    And thank you, Conrad, your advice really helped! Especially the Egyptian Magic part helped!

  • Aria Whitcomb

    @Traci Ferguson Hayes: so do I!
    And thank you, Conrad, your advice really helped! Especially the Egyptian Magic part helped!

  • Harmony

    I use what Jackie Kennedy used, a mixture of organic almond, olive and coconut oils as well as a organic night moisturizer. My Mom had the most gorgeous skin throughout her life and she did not believe in using cleaners. I follow suit and never put anything related to soap on my face, I rinse it with cold water only. Thanks Mom as I was so lucky to get her great skin.

  • Harmony

    I use what Jackie Kennedy used, a mixture of organic almond, olive and coconut oils as well as a organic night moisturizer. My Mom had the most gorgeous skin throughout her life and she did not believe in using cleaners. I follow suit and never put anything related to soap on my face, I rinse it with cold water only. Thanks Mom as I was so lucky to get her great skin.

  • Harmony

    I use what Jackie Kennedy used, a mixture of organic almond, olive and coconut oils as well as a organic night moisturizer. My Mom had the most gorgeous skin throughout her life and she did not believe in using cleaners. I follow suit and never put anything related to soap on my face, I rinse it with cold water only. Thanks Mom as I was so lucky to get her great skin.

  • Annelie estelle

    I exfoliate my lips! Heres how to make your own lip exfoliating “”gloss””

    What you will need:
    Olive Oil (organic preferably)
    Brown Sugar

    Take a tablespoon of brown sugar
    Mix it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    Put it in your fridge for 2 hrs

    Exfoliate away!

  • Annelie estelle

    I exfoliate my lips! Heres how to make your own lip exfoliating “”gloss””

    What you will need:
    Olive Oil (organic preferably)
    Brown Sugar

    Take a tablespoon of brown sugar
    Mix it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    Put it in your fridge for 2 hrs

    Exfoliate away!

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Ireland Stone-smith

    Easy way for smooth lips the next morning:

    - Take your toothbrush and make sure it’s dry, scrub your lips pretty hard for about a minute
    - Then put some Vaseline on your lips and your good to go!

    I do this for a couple nights till my lips are absolutely perfect then i go back and use Burt’s bees(;

  • Kate Glazier

    Off to buy some Greek yoghurt today, can’t wait to try.

  • Kate Glazier

    Off to buy some Greek yoghurt today, can’t wait to try.

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan, http://lushtoblush.com/

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan, http://lushtoblush.com/

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan, http://lushtoblush.com/

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan, http://lushtoblush.com/

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I published a similar article earlier this week: http://lushtoblush.com/5-expert-tips-to-keeping-your-skin-healthy/

    xo Megan

  • LilZilla

    I have been battling dry skin and eczema for the past year. A week ago I discovered coconut oil. It has done wonders by just sleeping with the oil and cotton gloves on! Buy the extra virgin organic cold pressed one and I promise you the dryness will disappear!! Xoxoxo

  • LilZilla

    I have been battling dry skin and eczema for the past year. A week ago I discovered coconut oil. It has done wonders by just sleeping with the oil and cotton gloves on! Buy the extra virgin organic cold pressed one and I promise you the dryness will disappear!! Xoxoxo

  • susie Q

    There is a HUGE difference between moisturizing and Hydrating.. when your dry you need a hydrator… moisturizer will only lock in the moisture you dont already have.. :)
    Hydrate

  • sarasara

    My favorite homemade mask is honey with nutmeg, cinnamon ,and a little bit of lemon juice. Each ingredient has properties to moisturize, brighten, and reduce acne and old marks. With your body heat, it does run a little, but its usually thick enough to stay put for at least 20 mins. Then I slowly wash it off with warm water, using the graininess of the sugars in the honey and the nutmeg to scrub and exfoliate.

    I also use a combo of castor oil and coconut oil on my hair weekly. I warm them up, saturate my hair and give myself a good scalp massage and then leave it in with my hair in a bun for several hours before I wash my hair as normal. Castor oil allegedly promotes hair thickness and growth and of course everyone recognizes that coconut oil is the panacea beauty product!

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