How to Stop My Face From Peeling

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated July 18, 2017

Use milk to soothe skin and gently exfoliate rough patches.

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Dry air can wreak havoc on your skin, particularly if it is already lacking moisture. Indoor heating and winter weather, as well as the scorching summer sun can suck out any sign of moisture almost immediately. Parched skin can flake and peel, which not only causes discomfort, but is difficult to conceal as well. However, instead of running to the beauty counter for expensive skincare solutions, your solution may exist right alongside your morning coffee and cereal. Rehydrate your skin at home with a milk treatment. Not only does milk serve to hydrate skin, but it will help calm redness and peeling.

Pour ice cold whole milk over a clean wash cloth until soaked. Do this over a sink or bowl to catch any drips.

Place the cloth over your face and relax for 10 minutes.

Remove the cloth and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Massage a dime-sized amount of hyaluronic acid serum between your fingertips, and pat it onto your face. This will help your skin to absorb moisture.

Allow the serum to sink into your skin completely.

Work a dime-sized amount of thick moisturizer into your skin using an upwards circular motion, to lock in the hydration provided by the milk. Look for a moisturizer with glycerin and/or sorbitol, which are highly effective ingredients for treating dryness.


  • Remove any makeup before applying the milk to your face.

    Keep baths and showers short, and at a lukewarm temperature to maintain hydration.

    When you wash your face, use your hands instead of a wash cloth to avoid stripping your skin. Opt for a moisturizing face wash featuring glycerin or shea butter.

    Consider investing in a humidifier, and placing it in the room while you sleep during drier months to keep skin hydrated.

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.