4 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Peeling (And How To Fix It)

by Gio

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My skin is afraid. Panicky, even.

This time last year, the unrelenting cold coupled with a bit too much retinol made it peel like a reptile.

It was ugly. Even makeup couldn’t hide it. Foundation made it look A LOT worse, actually.

It was painful, too. I tried to barely touch the area as I slathered on some much-needed moisturizer, but oh boy, did it hurt!

I never want to go through that ever again. And neither should you. That’s why we need to be prepared. If you know what makes your skin peel like crazy, you can avoid it or, at the very least, fix it up quickly. Here’s how:

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Skin Peeling Reason #1: Dry Skin

What’s The Problem?

When your skin isn’t well hydrated, your skin cells can’t stick well together and so they start to flake off.

Why Does It Happen?

Your skin has a natural shield that keeps moisture in. If it gets damage, water evaporates and that leads to all sorts of troubles, including peeling.

So, what creates these holes in the shield? Here are a few things to watch out for:

  • Freezing cold weather
  • Unprotected sun exposure
  • Harsh skincare products and treatments
  • Too much cleansing
  • Too much exfoliating
  • Long, hot showers and baths

How Do You Deal With It?

1. Choose a gentle cream cleanser that moisturizes skin too. If it leaves your skin squeaky clean, it’s too harsh.

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2. Add a hyaluronic acid serum to your skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid infuses skin with a waterfall of moisture (it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water!), keeping it well-hydrated at all times.

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3. Use a rich mosturizer loaded with skin-identical ingredients. I’m talking about ceramides, fatty acids, lecithin and all that other stuff that makes up the skin’s natural protective barrier. When skin is broken, they can easily fill in the holes, bringing it back to health.

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Skin Peeling Reason #2: Abuse Of Powerful Anti-Aging Superstars

What’s the problem?

Anti-aging superstars (retinol, vitamin C and exfoliation) are awesome for the skin. But, they’re so powerful, they can dry out skin too, if you’re not careful!

Why Does It Happen?

Usually, this happens when you get carried away and use these goodies a bit too often.

How Do You Deal With It?

Cut back to two or three times a week, tops. I know, those wrinkles won’t disappear as quickly. But they’ll be less visible. And you won’t look like a reptile in the meantime. Win win.

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Skin Peeling #3: Chemical Peels Or Laser Treatments

What’s the problem?

Same as above. This stuff does wonders for the skin. They remove entire layers of damaged skin and boost the production of collagen. But that comes at a cost. Peeling.

Why Does It Happen?

Because these treatments are hella powerful. They can dry out skin and make it peel. If it doesn’t go away within two weeks, you’re probably abusing them and having them done a bit too often.

How Do You Deal With It?

1. Listen to your doctor. She gave you instructions, follow them!

2. Use a rich moisturizer. Go back up to the dry skin section to see why and my best picks. I don’t want to bore you again by repeating the same thing here. 🙂

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Skin Peeling Reason #4: Sunburn

What’s The problem?

You’ve spent too much time in the sun without sunscreen and your skin ain’t happy about it.

Why Is This Happening?

UV rays kill off your skin cells. Your body must get rid of them so it can replace them with brand new ones. Hence the peeling.

How Do You Deal With It?

1. Wear sunscreen every single day, come rain, shine or snow. UV rays are sneaky. They can penetrate through clouds and even get reflected on snow!

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2. Soothe the sunburn with some aloe vera gel. It’s an old remedy that always does the trick.

The Bottom Line

Now you’re well-armed against all kinds of peeling, you’ll never have to deal with this annoyance ever again.

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