From being a mom of boys to my favorite dark spot corrector, I’m back with another Ask Kate! Pitch me any questions all month long using #askkate on Facebook or Twitter and I’ll try to add it to the next monthly video.

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  1. Mallory says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    ” That’s right, I just said vaginal.” Hahahah! I almost spit out my coffee while getting ready! 🙂

    And the only thing you need to shorten in 2016 is….well, I can’t think of anything…maybe the time it takes to brew your cups of coffee?? Definitely NOT your videos 🙂

    • Desirae says
      Posted February 2, 2016

      I second that! You’re adorable Kate! Loved the video, loved the tips, love your blog! Awesome way to start my day!!!

  2. Beth Tessier says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I’m looking forward to trying the Clinique dark spot corrector. Thank you for addressing that! Great video! ❤️

  3. Victoria S. says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I’ve been having the same dry patch skin problem! I was getting new foundation at Macy’s and the Bobbie Brown rep gave me a sample of the new Radiance Boost Face mask- it is supposed to hydrate and exfoliate… and does it ever! My face felt like a baby’s bottom and I haven’t had the skin patch issue again. I highly recommend it!

    • Megan says
      Posted February 10, 2016

      I haven’t personally tried the boost face mask but I had been having the same dry skin issue with the use of Clinique products (mild facial wash, toner and dramatically diff cream). My friend recommended Soothe by Rodan and Fields and it has been a drastic improvement for me! Not only did it address the flaky skin, but my redness around my nose is gone (I had it just around my nostrils for whatever reason). Definitely worth a try!

  4. Brenda says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Love all of your videos! And I always learn lots. Have you ever tried facial oils (like jojoba, grapeseed, argan, or avocado)? I just recently started using them and this is the first winter I can ever remember that I haven’t had dry skin problems. (I do also use witch hazel with aloe as a toner which I’ve read also helps seal in moisture.) I was hesitant to try them at first thinking my skin would be greasy or have breakouts, but I’ve used them for a month and a half now with NO breakouts and they don’t make my skin greasy either. My favorites are jojoba for day and grapeseed for night. Highly recommend!

  5. Kelsey B. says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I get really dry patchy skin in the winter too (thanks to Michigan weather) but started using the new First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum and oh my gosh, it’s a game changer. I use it at night under their Ultra Repair Cream and then again in the morning under my normal daytime moisturizer and no more dry patches! I’d highly recommend giving it a shot!

    • Liz says
      Posted February 2, 2016

      I second the First Aid Beauty recommendation! The Ultra Repair lotion is my go-to daytime lotion, and I use the the Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm sleeping cream at night. I recently had a terrible cold which resulted in lots of redness and extreme flaking around my nose and the Hydra-Firm cream took care of it in no time. It’s honestly the best I’ve found.

  6. Posted February 2, 2016

    OK, that was super fun.

    I tried the Clinique mask. Did nothing for me. Like, you had a stunning glowy face. Mine, nothing. God made us all differently. Thankful for Sephora’s return policy.

    Salon hair wash. Nothing better. YEARS ago I went to an Aveda salon and they would use essential oils when washing/massaging. I would always almost fall asleep. If I were independently wealthy, that’s would I would spend my extra money on. Someone ELSE to wash and dry my hair.

  7. Kari Anne says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Hey I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard amazing things about the Blissful Body beauty oil. It’s an all organic beauty oil made by a lady who runs an etsy shop but it’s suppose to be amazing for dry skin. https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBlissfulBody I hope that helps!

  8. Amanda says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Love your blog! You have said before that you use multiple kinds of shampoo. Can you share your thoughts? I feel like I am always switching to something new and I never find something I love.

  9. Rebecca G says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I too have some random dry skin spots right on my nose and am trying the Clinique moisture surge and it is working well so far!

  10. Nicole Perry says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I’m in search of new hair stylist in the Raleigh area. Do you have any recommendations?

    • Katie F says
      Posted February 2, 2016

      I second this! I recently moved here and am in desperate need.

    • Heather says
      Posted February 5, 2016

      Me to!

  11. Amy says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I have 9 month old boy who already loves playing with trucks and he loves your videoes too! We watched some of them during the late night feedings and he couldn’t keep his eyes off you!
    Anyway-I have the dry flaky skin in between my eyebrows, I’ve just been putting some aquaphor on at night. In the morning I rinse my face and use that Pixie tonic, it seems to be helping. It’s crazy because regardless of my face routine it seems dry and oily all at once but the flakes, ugh!

    • Noel M says
      Posted February 2, 2016

      YES – aquaphor to moms is like windex to greeks. I have a dry patch on my nose that keeps coming back. my dermatologist told me to use vaseline but same dif. 😉 it works.

  12. Sarah Chavis says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Hi Kate,
    I live in Pittsburgh, Pa with the harsh weather that we get during the winter my skin on my face gets dry and flakey. I found what works best for my skin and that really helps it this lotion called Eucerin for very dry, compromised skin. It is considered a very rich lotion. Fragrance Free.

    I found that when my face is dry, once I am done taking a shower..I pat my face dry and then immediately put this lotion on. It has done wonders on my face. I think what helps the most is that I do it right after I get out of the shower.

    I hope this helps!!

  13. Nikki says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    You’re my favorite lol. I have extremely dry skin too, I’ve been using coconut oil on my face and it’s helping quite a bit.

  14. Kate says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I had the same issue with the dry skin… the Clinique 7 Day Scrub works wonders! It’s gentle enough to use everyday and takes removes the flakey bits at first scrub. I use their dramatically different cream (heavier than the lotion) after it during the winter months.

  15. kris says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Hi Kate,
    Unfortuantely, I am not on Facebook or Twitter. Would you be willing to accept questions via this comment section or email? Excited to view another “Ask Kate”. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  16. Emilee says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I love these videos, but I am hearing a super weird screechy noise in the background when I listen to this video. I thought you would like to know Kate. Is anyone else having this issue?

    • Amanda says
      Posted February 2, 2016

      I didn’t hear anything like that.

    • Courtney says
      Posted February 2, 2016

      I heard em too!! Not super loud, but a little annoying in the background 🙁

  17. Betty says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    With dry flaking skin, look into your diet. If I eat anything with gluten or wheat, in it my face flakes for days. If I eat “clean” my skin looks great.
    I also will use a small amount of apple cider vinegar for build up on my hair.

  18. Meghan R. says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I also struggle with dry, flaking skin, especially in the winter. You MUST try Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask!!! This stuff is AMAZING! Just found it this winter and I’m obsessed.

  19. Evelyn says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Loved it! On the flaky skin, I don’t have dry skin, but it can get dry and flaky around the nose at this time of the year. I bought this guy: http://www.sephora.com/quench-your-skin-P404349?skuId=1771013 some time ago and the Ceramidin oil balm is very good for that. Everything in the box is great btw!

  20. Dorie says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    This year, I’m using Josie Maran’s Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil for dry flaky skin. I use the Argan Oil Light as my main moisturizer and then put the creamy oil in just a few spots. I have sensitive skin, but these oils haven’t made me break out. Love!

  21. Jo says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Hi Kate,

    Thought I’d recommend Alaffia’s unscented shea butter for sensitive or all skin types, which is working better than anything I’ve tried over the past few winters for my dry skin.

    And thank you to Kris, from someone else who doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, for posting her question.

  22. Posted February 2, 2016

    Hi Kate! I’ve been a long time fan of your blog (I first started reading right after David was born!!). I love your sense of humor and your family is the cutest. I love your Ask Kate videos! I don’t think they’re too long at all! I’m a college student in Charlotte so I would be thrilled to take one of your classes in April if you can find the time! 🙂


  23. Patti says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I would like to ask about the finishes on curling irons. Hot Tools for one comes in gold and also ceramic tourmaline. Is there really a difference? How do I decide which one is better for me?

  24. McCall says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    A video didn’t even load when I pulled up this post.
    My question is, If you do any sort of dermatology treatments to help with the hyper pigmentation you’ve talked about, will you let us see the results? I have a lot of hyper pigmentation on my face from pregnancy acne too and am wondering what/if anything will help it.

  25. Amy says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…you’re adorable! And your blog is my favorite 🙂 Keep being you

  26. Heather says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    You are too cute!! Keep the videos coming!! And Grits at the end is too much! “you need a manicure!”

  27. Shannon Ashley says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    About the dry flaky skin on the face… I have found a routine that works great for me! Ever since I had my first baby 2 years ago, I’ve had dry skin (it was a complete oil slick before then) and now just having my second baby, forget it… serious Sahara desert thing going on. So I have flakiness on my nose and between my eyebrows. What kicks it is exfoliating my face every time I wash my hair (every 3rd day), using Honest Beauty Hydrating lotion (in the pink pump) once a day and washing my makeup brushes once- twice a week (the build up of product on my brushes attaches to flakiness and accentuates it). If I do this, all dry skin is banished! I actually love Honest Beauty’s products for my dry skin… The lotion obvs, the primer is so hydrating and luminous (without being “glittery”), and the foundation in the silver tube is awesome. I actually have to use a powder to set it, or my hair sticks to my face because its so hydrated!! Try that brand and do a review if you can! But don’t use the concealer or cream foundation in the compact… they made my dry skin so much worse!

  28. Samantha says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I have really dry skin AND live in the desert. What helps me is not to use cleanser or toner on my face. I just use a wet Norwex body cloth (it is a MLM thing, but their products are great) and it removes all makeup and dirt and leaves my skin clean but not dry and tight like cleanser does. I no longer use anything but moisturizer after. It seemed weird to me, but it works! My skin NEVER breaks out anymore.

  29. Emilee says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    You are adorable, Kate! I love these videos…no need to shorten anything!

  30. Liz McCoy says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Hi there!
    Just wanted to mention about the dry, flaky skin; glycolic and lactic acid work really well. I use either ‘Radical’ wipes or ‘First Aid Beauty’ wipes and then follow up with Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream (not “tint” or “lotion”) or Josie Maran Argan Oil and it really helps!
    Love your blog 🙂

  31. Pat says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Kate – I love your blog! Your dry, flaky skin that is not responding to moisturizers- ask your doctor about adult seborrheic dermatitis! The areas you are describing are common for that.

  32. Caitlin says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    This winter I have had flakey dry skin too! I picked up belif moisturizing bomb at sephora a few weeks ago and it has been great! I have sensitive skin too and I haven’t broken out or anything….check it out- they have a travel size!

  33. Jenny says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    Typically dry flaky, scaly skin around the nose and in the eyebrows is Seborrheic Dermatitis & is due to yeast and sebaceous glands being more numerous in the center of the face which is why it isn’t a problem on your cheeks or the lateral aspect of the face. You may need to see a dermatologist. Moisturizing is not helpful for this condition and can actually make it worse. However, if you want to try a home remedy first, I sometimes recommend my patients get selsun blue shampoo, later it and apply to the skin around their nose and in their brows a few times a week when they shower and then wash it off. It might slow it down at least. If not you may need a prescription treatment.?

  34. Evelina says
    Posted February 2, 2016

    I have the same dry flaky skin that I can’t seem to fix! It is so annoying! At first I thought I wasn’t exfoliating enough to remove the bad skin, so I upped to exfoliating everyday. But then I learned that it can make the skin even more dry. Argh. I also don’t use Facebook or Twitter so hopefully you’re accepting questions here too!

  35. Mallory Glenn says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    The Beauty Department just posted about dry patches. I tried it and it worked for my chin and between my eyebrows!


  36. Mark says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Kate, I loved the video, you are so out going, keep the blogs coming!!!

  37. Jessica says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Hi Kate,

    about the ‘dry-flaky-skin-thing’: I always use pure sheabutter, coconut oil or argan oil and it works amazing!

  38. Kate H says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    You crack.me.up. So hilarious!

  39. Katie says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Hi Kate. Thanks for the nice video. I’m going to put on my doctor hat again – the dry skin around your nose and eyebrows could be seborrheic dermatitis. I’m a Family Doctor in Canada, and my go-to product for patients with this is MetroGel. It’s a prescription cream. I’m not sure what the brand name is in the USA… I would suggest you consult with your physician about the diagnosis and whether they can offer some treatment ideas. Good luck! And may I just say, your hair is looking GORGEOUS!

  40. Angie says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    I’ve had the same problem with dry skin near my nose and one night, desperate for relief, I took a tiny bit of the moisturizing cream my dr recommended for my baby’s skin and put that on the dry spot. It made it disappear overnight. So now I put a bit of that in when I feel a dry patch coming on. And it’s just cetaphil moisturizing cream, comes in a tub. It’s awesome!!

  41. Adrienne says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Hi Kate!
    I was having the dry flaky skin issue on my eyelids and between my eyebrows just before Christmas. And it. Drove. Me. Bonkers. One night I decided to put coconut oil on the problem area before I went to sleep. Next day when I went to put make up on the flakiness was gone. It was a miracle! I’ve been using the coconut oil ever since and the flakiness has not come back.

    Love your videos by the way!

  42. Kelly Hart says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Do you have a hair tutorial for this picture? It was shown on the top of the last email I received on 2/1 titled “kicking off 2016!” I would love to try it out for a photo shoot this Friday!
    Thank you!

  43. Salley says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    I have very dry skin in the winter & being pregnant only exacerbates the problem for me. When I was pregnant with my son 2 years ago, I stumbled across Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask. The directions say to leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with the option to wear it overnight if needed. I sleep in it every night (with my serum and nightly moisturizer underneath) & found that is the only thing that helps ward off the pesky dry spots on my face.

  44. Barbara says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    I dont do Twitter or Facebook. So hopefully you will see my question. Im trying to justify the expensive of some products you love. My question is how often do you use dry shampoo and the dry conditionor? And how often do you need to buy it? I love your blog by the way!

  45. susan says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    I had two amazing natural births (of boys!).
    My suggestion is to get a mid-wife.
    The best things about boys: I learned EVERYTHING about fire trucks, firemen,….LOL


  46. Bethany says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Seriously, you are hilarious! Love your #askkate videos.

  47. Haley says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    The end of the video is hilarious. “You need a manicure!”

  48. Sydni says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    I like these videos. Lol at the end. I am sooo so tempted to buy a solly baby wrap for my cat. Ugh, that would be awesome.

  49. Jennifer says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Hi Kate, I love your blog and videos! I just wanted to chime in with my recommendation for dry skin. I use Yes to cucumbers daily moisturizer, which I mix with one drop of Lustro face oil #3 from Beautycounter. I am slowly trying to change over to Beautycounter cosmetics and was wondering if you have ever tried them? They are a beauty line that only uses safe nontoxic ingredients. I use their Dew skin tinted moisturizer and love it!

  50. Erika says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    This is super random, but can you tell us what lip color you’re wearing in this video? I’m obsessed with your lip colors lately.

    Thank you!!

  51. Faith says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    I don’t usually leave a reply… But when I do it’s because this was really good. Grits is awesome.

    • Kate says
      Posted February 3, 2016

      He is awesome!

  52. Ashley says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Hi! In my understanding and experience having 3 c-sections and being in healthcare myself…i think you would find it hard to convince an ob/gyn to deliver you vaginal after the scarring on your uterus from having 2 previous sections. There is a risk of hemorrhage and ultimately of hysterectomy with wanting to vbac after more than one c/s in your history. You would also reduce your risk of having vaginal prolapse in keeping with the c/s! 🙂 Just going off what i’ve been told and read up on!

  53. Bonnie says
    Posted February 3, 2016

    Hi Kate – I’ve been reading your blog for about 8 years now and I think this might be my favorite post to date! Please keep the #askkate(s) coming. It’s so fun to hear your expressions and get fast, fun, quick answers to very applicable questions, all colored with your engaging personality!

  54. LaRisa says
    Posted February 5, 2016

    I would share the Galentine’s Grand Prize Giveaway with Melissa Cumby my wonderful sweet cousin. Your blog is amazing.

  55. LaRisa says
    Posted February 5, 2016

    Sugarwish gift to Melissa Cumby!! My wonderful cousin who will be getting married in the fall of this year!!

  56. Megan says
    Posted February 5, 2016

    Always love your videos! I have the same random dry patches too…urgh.

  57. Amy stacy says
    Posted February 6, 2016

    I would share with my fabulous friend Crystal Rippee! Love your blog Kate!!

  58. Sarah Kruse says
    Posted February 8, 2016

    Of course everyone and their mother is now telling you what products to try on your dry skin. I will of course be leaving my own obligatory two cents =)

    I had try skin patches start appearing after moving from a dry climate to a more 4 seasons location and my skin flipped out and it took me months to finally go to a dermatologist. Mostly on my eyelids which sucked for eye makeup.

    I had never heard of it but next to Cetaphil in the drugstores is a brand called Cerave that my doc recommended. He also gave me a bit of steroid cream to kick my skin back into revamp but it has completely turned around my skin. I have been trying to Hydrating cleaner paired with the SE lotion. It has hyaluronic acid in it that makes your skin naturally do it’s skin thing so it won’t under or overproduce oil. I also switched my makeup to the Jessica Alba Honest Beauty brand because it has a lot of the same ingredients and viola! Skin dryness and itchiness solved!

  59. Amy Lennon says
    Posted March 21, 2016

    For the dry patches on your face, try washing wih cetaphil and using lancomes high resolution 3x refill day and night creams. They have changed my skin!