Epidermal cells are endlessly being renewed, but the skin can end up peeling or flaking from time to time. There are many possible reasons, but sometimes sunburns are the culprit. This is how you can deal with it.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and one of its most complex. Communicating with the exterior world as well as the interior of the body, it is composed of three basic layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis.
The epidermis, the outermost layer, is comparable to an escalator: the deepest parts are composed of living cells that are actively multiplying. Little by little, lifting towards the surface, the cells start to flatten and fill up with keratin, a protein that gives skin its resistance. Finally, at the surface, there are only dead keratin-filled cells, ready to fall off discretely. This is the stratum corneum or horny layer.
This movement of cellular renewal is natural, permanent, and invisible to the naked eye! Sometimes, the phenomenon can be observed: what is commonly called peeling or flaking.
The Causes of Peeling Skin
Causes may be internal and/or external. It can be genetic, and in this case, it will be called dry or atopic skin. Most of the time, when it is a punctual reaction, it is caused by the use of an unsuitable or aggressive cleanser or sunburn. In summer, when insufficient sun protection is applied, the skin burns and ends up falling apart in thin strips. When this happens, it is raw and requires enhanced protection.
What Should I Do When My Skin is Peeling?
Peeling is a sign of the skin reacting to aggression. As such, it is vulnerable and needs more attention. First off, it is essential to not pick at the layers of skin coming off. It is better to let time pass and the skin fall off on its own to avoid worsening the situation. Furthermore, exfoliating is not recommended while your skin is peeling because it is already sensitive and would become even more so.
At first glance, it will seem to have removed the excess, but in actuality, it aggravates the inflammation. The Golden Rule remains moisturizing: internally, by drinking lots of water, and topically by using a dedicated product. Our Certified Organic After-Sun Fluid is ideal. It is rich in Alga-Gorria®, a powerful antioxidant, and soothing Organic alpha-bisabolol. Its formula is also enriched with hydrating
Aloe vera and contains a nourishing complex made of organic Shea Butter and essential fatty acids, necessary to provide missing lipids to the epidermis. At 99.5% of natural-origin ingredients, the fluid deeply moisturizes and relieves, providing a refreshing effect. It neutralizes free radicals and prevents premature skin aging thanks to its antioxidants. To sum it up, it is a must-have when on vacation and can be used as often as necessary until the complete disappearance of peeling. Little by little, the fluid reconsolidates cells and creates a uniform skin surface. Another important point: do not use overly hot water in the shower to avoid making your skin even more sensitive.