Question #1: What are ways to combat dry, flaky winter skin?

There’s no amount of body cream that will give you smooth, hydrated skin all winter long unless you have a good nutritional foundation. Start with adding healthy fats and fatty acids to your diet. Fatty acids omega 3 and 6 are found in walnuts, wild rice and certain types of fish. Monounsaturated fats are the kind found in avocados, almonds, cashews and cooking oils like olive, canola, and sesame. These fats maintain the water level in your cells and keep the lipids in your skin plump. They also help your body process other nutrients your skin needs, like Vitamin E.

For Vitamins, focus on A, C, and E. These are all antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays (which is important, even in the winter time.) Separately, Vitamin A helps with collagen production, Vitamin C repairs dry skin, and Vitamin E helps maintain your skin’s moisture. You can find these vitamins in many winter staples, like pumpkin, butternut squash, and winter greens.

Once you have built a good foundation, now it’s time to add the lotions and potions. Remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Before you leave the house, after you get out of the shower, before you head to bed.

When we developed our Triple Milk skin care, we took the same approach of working from the inside out. Nutrients like Vitamin E and healthy sources of fat like olive oil not only do great work on your insides, but they help your outsides hydrated and healthy. A base of three milks (coconut milk, milk protein, and goat milk) pull double-duty to clean while providing plenty of hydration.

Question #2: I always get a ‘Rudolph’ nose when I have a cold. Any tips on how to not look sick when you feel sick?

We know how it goes. You know you need to get as much rest as you can when you’re sick, but school drop-offs, grocery shopping and chores in and out of the house take precedent. When it comes to that rubbed-raw nose look, you need something that moisturizes as well as provides a barrier between your delicate skin and a Kleenex. This is a perfect place for our pure hand salve.

Hand salve for your nose may seem crazy, but it has the right combination of moisturizers to make your chapped skin feel better. Just make sure you use one that is unscented unless walking around smelling Vanilla Absolute all day is your thing. Jojoba oil and goat milk provide moisture that lasts through repeated nose blowing. The sunflower seed wax in our hand salve provides an all-natural barrier that locks in moisture and prevents chaffing. All you need to do is use a clean finger to dab a small amount of hand salve over all the chapped areas. Once your nose drinks in all those good-for-you ingredients, you’ll be Rudolph no more.

by Dr. Brent

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Linda Mills-Lough

I am currently receiving chemotherapy as part of my breast cancer treatment. As a young woman afflicted with this disease I want to keep my skin looking good, but it is a dry scaly mess. And my head is super itchy, (maybe from the hair loss?). I love goats milk products, but have never seen the lather in anything I have purchased. If you could recommend some products to combat this I would really appreciate it. Thank you

Dian Thompson

I bought your bar shampoo at your store yesterday and it made my hair sticky. Why? I cannot use it again.


Using CuZn’s chlorine shower water filter made a big difference in the heath of my skin. We live in Brooklyn.

Mary Morrison

Thank-you for the great tips! I will definitely put them to use this season! I don’t drink tap water-I’ve heard how unhealthy it can be but I try to drink purified or battled water when I can. Oh, by the way-I gave one of your soaps to a friend of mine and she loves it!!! I’ll certainly give her more (I ordered a lot of your soaps, lotion and hair care) and I told her about your company. I think there is another new neighbor coming your way!!! Sincerely, Mary Morrison

Kathy Krochina

Hi..I would like to get some Light As Air face cream but it keeps saying sold out…is there something else you can recommend that is not too expensive? Thanks…I love you guys…I have seen you in person up here in Clifton Park and we had dinner and held our Book Club in the restaurant in Sharon Springs a couple of years ago. We read your book and were hoping we would catch sight of you. Good luck with everything…you are so cute and so much fun.

Ginger Brauner

Thank You Dr. Brent for sharing your knowledge with your Beekman neighbors. We all so appreciate your informative answers. It was a good day for this 77 yr. old lady when I first saw you Beekman Boys on a shopping channel a few years ago. Love how you are so proud of your home town and all your helpful neighbors and all the help you give back to promote the talents of your neighbors. Very kind hearted you both are. Never stop with your wonderful silly antics on air, Love it!!!

Doreen Weaton

Oh, I’m feeling so smart!
I’ve been using the salve on my nose ever since I got it. I tell people that I’m allergic to air, as I’m always blowing, so Rudolph has nothing on me.
I’m happy to smell Fig Leaf all day.