Skin is the covering part of our body that protects it from harmful environmental factors such as sunlight, moisture, the cold, germs and toxic substances. It also helps control our body temperature by preventing the dehydration and protecting us from negative effects of too hot or cold weather. Due to its “barrier” function, skin is easy to be affected by those harmful factors, thus, leading to many common skin disorders such as acne, eczema, diaper rash, blemish or peeling skin.
Peeling skin is fairly the most common skin conditions that occur to millions of people every years. It is the loss of the epidermis, which is the top layer of skin, and normally replaced with the new skin. Skin may peel on some small areas like face, fingers, and other parts of the body. It can also lead to scaly and red areas of the skin, as well as itchiness and irritation. Depending on specific causes, peeling skin can be healed by medications, lotion creams or some of natural remedies at home if the condition is not too serious.
Causes of peeling skin
Normally, every month, the dead cells on epidermis are peeled off and totally replaced by the new cells as a natural part of healing process. Most of the time, the peeling process is not noticeable to us. However, when the skin is overexposed to the sun for a long period, or the extremely cold and dry weather condition, it causes excessive peeling on our skin. Other contributing factors could be allergies, skin rashes, eczema, ringworm, dermatitis, a weak immune system, skin infections, and reactions of some medications.
Symptoms of peeling skin
Peeling skin itself is the condition’s symptom. In many cases, the skin may be thickening and flaking, as well as having some common symptoms including itching, rashes and redness. Peeling skin is not a serious health condition, but if you have some extra symptoms such as fever, weight loss, joint and muscle pain, peeling skin lasts for a long time with no improvement, it is highly recommended to you coming to the doctor because peeling skin may only be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Home remedies for peeling skin
As mentioned above, peeling skin is not a big health problem to us, and it can go away after a while. But you can push the healing process faster by combining some easy but effective natural ingredients with your own moisturizing lotion or cream at home. Here are the list of useful home remedies you can consider to improve peeling skin.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera has been used since a long time ago as a natural remedy for skin conditions, not only peeling skin but also burns, itching and inflammation. Aloe vera contains many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, lignin and salicylic acids. With its moisturized ingredients, aloe vera can help sooth rashes and skin irritations, reduce inflammation, fight free radical damage and boost the immune system.
How to use aloe vera as a peeling skin remedy:
- Get aloe vera gel from the natural aloe vera and mix with a little vitamin E oil.
- Apply the mixture on the peeling areas and let it dry for 15 minutes.
- Wash the peeling areas with warm water (not too hot).
- Do it twice a day for 2 weeks.
If you can get a natural aloe vera gel, consider to apply aloe vera-based cream every day. But the organic aloe vera is strongly recommended.
Also, aloe vera is a natural home remedy for stretch mark for women.
Cucumber is well-known and frequently used as a beauty treatment for the skin. Due to the fact that cucumber and the skin have the same level of hydrogen, its cooling effect can help soothe and soften our skin and treat peeling skin effectively. Cucumber is also rich in Vitamin C which is necessary for a healthy skin and healing process.
How to use cucumber as a peeling skin remedy:
- Cut cucumber into slices and apply it to peeling areas. Leave it until it feels warm on the skin. No need to rinse with water.
- Mash the cucumber to a paste and apply it to peeling areas. Wait for 15 minutes and rinse it with water. Repeat twice a day.
- In the second method, you can combine cucumber with aloe vera for better result.
3. Olive oil
To help your skin become glow, don’t forget olive oil. Olive oil works as an excellent moisturizer to skin in general and peeling skin, particularly. Olive oil is very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural fatty acids. Especially, olive oil contains huge amount of vitamin E and A, which helps support skin anti-aging, hydrate the skin, maintain its elasticity and softness. Also, olive oil helps skin to produce new cells, thus pushing the healing process.
How to olive oil as a peeling skin remedy:
- As moisturizer: Apply virgin olive oil to the skin, massage gently until it penetrate deeply in the skin. Remove excess oil with a paper towel.
- As exfoliator: Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with natural sea salt, and rub the mixture over the skin to remove dead skin cells.
Honey is incredible for the skin thanks to its antibacterial nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds. It’s also a powerful treatment for peeling skin as it helps moisturize and heal damage cells. Honey also can reduce itchiness and irritation happened to peeling skin.
How to honey as a peeling skin remedy:
- Make a honey mask by applying a thin layer of raw honey on affected skin, and let it stay for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse with clean and warm water.
5. Plain yogurt
Yogurt is a powerhouse of nutrients such as lactic acid, zinc calcium and B-vitamins that are especially good for dry skin. Therefore, yogurt can be used as a natural moisturizer for peeling skin. When using yogurt as skin treatment, make sure to get the unsweetened type because flavored yogurts may cause irritations and make your skin condition worse.
How to yogurt as a peeling skin remedy:
- Mix yogurt and honey in equal amount.
- Spread the paste on peeling area.
- Let it dry on its own and rinse with water.