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You can cover-up skin redness or blot away excess oil, but peeling skin is one complexion concern where you can’t exactly fake it until you make it. When you have it, it tends to be obvious. This means when your skin starts to peel, you’re likely to be pretty determined to deal with it. And we want to help. Below, we’re sharing seven tips to help you manage skin peeling on your face.
Often, peeling skin is begging for a good round of exfoliation. Those little flakes are dead skin cells just dying (or they would be—if they weren’t already dead) to be sloughed away. Of course, you’ll need to be gentle. You shouldn’t pick at or peel your skin off—ouch—but you can use a face scrub to dislodge dead cells that are ready to be removed. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub is perfect for this step in your routine. This sugar scrub, which is formulated with luxurious coconut oil and rich cocoa butter, is far from harsh. Immediately after use, skin looks more refined and feels softer, smoother, and comfortable.
If you’re new to exfoliation, take it slow. Your skin may not be able to handle daily scrubbing—our face scrubs work best if used three times per week. Start with sloughing your skin once a week, and if it goes well, you can build up to more frequent use.
The water you wash with may not seem like a major component of your skin care routine, but you would be surprised. Showering in scalding hot water (or splashing it onto your face) has a well-earned reputation for being relaxing; however, it takes a toll on your skin. The steaming water can dry out your skin, and as you likely know, dry skin and peeling tend to go hand in hand. Thankfully, a simple switch can make a big difference. Turn down the temperature in your shower and on your sink and start washing with lukewarm water. Trust us, your complexion will be singing your praises after this little upgrade.
Toner sometimes gets pushed aside, but that’s because not everyone understands what toner does. The right formula can help refresh your skin and get rid of the dull, flaking skin on its surface. We love the L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, which is alcohol-free and has a gentle, non-drying formula. The toner doubles as a liquid exfoliant, thanks to a formula with beta hydroxy acid. It helps gently sweep away dull, tired-looking skin, protect against moisture loss, and refresh and brighten the skin for a soft and supple finish.
Like we said, dry skin and skin peeling are an unfortunate duo. One of the best things you can do to prevent and manage peeling skin on your face is to be diligent with moisturizing. This means applying a nourishing face moisturizer morning and night. Try a formula with moisturizing ingredients like manuka honey. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream is perfect for daytime. The creamy moisturizer envelops skin with a silky layer of comfort and offers long-lasting hydration to very dry skin. At night, you can make a swap, and use the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm, which immediately surges your skin’s moisture levels.
If you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, you know that peeling skin can be the result. One of the easiest ways to prevent peeling is not to get burns. Sometimes that may seem easier said than done, but remember: Sunscreen should already be part of your daily skin care routine. That’s right, SPF is a must every day. Apply one with an SPF value of at least 15, as recommended by the Food & Drug Administration, each morning, and reapply throughout the day.
If you’re partial to a minimalist skin care routine, you can opt for a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30 or (for the guys) L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift SPF 15 Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer.
When you have skin peeling on your face, it only becomes more so when you apply makeup on top. Of course, we aren’t saying you need to stop peeling before you can don a stunning makeup look. What’s key is how you prep your skin. Beyond exfoliating and moisturizing, you need to prime. When you apply foundation straight to peeling skin, it’s sure to cling to dry patches and draw even more attention to the peeling. By laying down a base first, it can give you a smoother canvas for the rest of your makeup. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base, which glides onto skin, leaving it velvety-smooth to the touch. The lightweight formula helps to smooth lines, hide pores, and banish imperfections.
Your foundation choice is just as important as your primer. Even if you love the look of matte skin, now’s not the time to opt for a matte foundation. Rather, you should choose a formula that’s moisturizing and gives skin a glow—something peeling skin may sorely lack. A serum foundation, which blends skin care and makeup, is an especially good pick. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50 offers all-day hydration, evens your skin tone, and leaves it with a natural-looking, glowy finish. The foundation also won’t settle into lines, which makes it an essential for mature skin.
Editor’s note: This formula features SPF 50, which is always a nice bonus—and even more so when peeling is a problem.
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