Beauty Roundup: Dry-Skin Lifesavers

Every single winter my skin (especially on my hands) turn to crepe de chine and it really bums me out. I was recently reminded about Weleda Skin Food, which is just so rich and delicious-smelling that I realized it’s time for a fresh new tube, pronto. And nothing beats Goldie’s Cocoa Rose Dream Cream for the body. I also asked all the usuals what they do when things get so dried out and now we have so many options!

 Halle Grossman, sales and marketing wiz: “Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream is rich and emollient and gets me through the harsh NYC winter. Just a little bit coats and protects and you wake up with fresh dewy skin. It’s worth every penny, but a good, less expensive aletnative is Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream .”
 Michelle Tarantelli, Tattoo artist: “Embryolisse! It’s extremely soothing and moisturizing without being greasy or tacky. And it has it has a scent of some memory of a woman’s beauty cream as remembered from childhood — Do you know what I mean? A classic mild, not overly scented, but a real moisturizer smell”
 Anne Albert, creative director/illustrator: “Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion  — it’s old-school and I’ve been using it since high school. But aside from the occasional slather of coconut oil, this is the stuff that really works for me. Super moisturizing and easy!”
Dana Silber, writer “I use Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream. It’s a thick protective layer for sleeping and you wake up smooth and hydrated. I often put a layer of Olay Total Effects 7 in One night cream on top of it for good measure. For body I go basic old-school with Jergens. It absorbs quickly and smells great. Lately I use a dollop of Molton Brown hand lotion every night too.”
 Edith Machinist, owner, Edith Machinist “I swear by French pharmacy brand Nuxe Merveillance cream. I also started to use the Rosehip seed oil from the Ordinary mixed in with my daily moisturizer and has cut down dramatically on dryness!


  • January 16, 2018


    Right now I’m really crushing on Stratia Liquid Gold. It’s a facial moisturizer formulated with ceramides and fatty acid-rich plant oils (among other things) to help repair and maintain your skin barrier. It’s bright freakin’ yellow in the bottle and smells like banana pudding when you put it on, but has no added fragrance, volatile essential oils, or other irritants – and the texture is really nice and light! It just sinks in and even on my super pale skin there’s no yellow cast (unless I glob it on, which I sometimes do at night). It remains to be seen whether it’ll eventually break me out on my face because, plant oils, but it’s done amazing things for my neck. Like, I can’t believe it’s mine!

    On the rest of my body I just use CeraVe in the tub. It’s gloppy and un-fancy, but that shit WORKS.

  • January 16, 2018

    Allison Tray

    Love Skin Food!!!!!!!!!

  • January 16, 2018

    Mary Alice McLoughlin

    Nothing works better than Aquaphor!

  • January 16, 2018


    Skin Food is great. I also love First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, for an entirely different approach. The silicone leaves you feeling silky whereas the colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramides and eucalyptus oil bring the moisture and relieve the itch. But you can’t beat that Weleda scent.

  • January 16, 2018


    Seabuckthorne oil mixed with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse.
    Ah-mazing for dry-ish, 52 year-old, Canadian skin.

  • January 17, 2018


    Skin Food is amazing. I use it on my lips under the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask every night and wake up with plump juicy lips even in the dead of winter.

  • January 20, 2018

    Jessica Marie

    WOW. Amazing dry skin food. Love this