Dry, flaky face skin – what to do?

Sometimes the skin on your face becomes unpleasantly flaky and peels off. Itchiness, redness, and dryness are nearly impossible to disguise. It becomes more difficult to apply cosmetics evenly, leading to an undesirable appearance. Oily skin can also peel off, which is also unpleasant. There are many ways to fight this, so let’s find out the causes of this unwelcome condition and how to prevent it.

Causes of Dry Skin on the Face

All causes can be divided into two types – external and internal. Why does skin so often become flaky, itchy and painful?

External causes
External causes are factors that affect the body from the outside. Direct sunlight or very cold weather in winter can cause redness, dryness, flaking. Do not forget to use specialized cosmetics for face care in order to minimize the negative effects of climatic factors.

to remove makeupOften, people cause serious damage to the skin by simply not knowing how to properly use make-up correctly. Using expired or unsuitable products can have negative effects. Sometimes, just by being a little more careful in your choice in cosmetics, it’s enough to solve the problem, and you will once again regain a healthy, well-groomed appearance.

To prevent peeling on the face due to improper use of cosmetics, remember these basic rules:

  • facial foam washingDo not forget to regularly remove cosmetics and clean well.
  • Don’t use soap if you have dry skin. Cleansing foam is much gentler and moisturizes as well.
  • After washing your face, make sure to use a very soft towel or cloth without rubbing; lightly dab the moisture from your face.
  • For a deeper cleansing, use special lotions or tonics for this purpose, they will remove dirt from the deepest pores.
  • No matter how tired you are, do not go to bed without removing makeup. Daily cleansing should be part of your routine.
  • Never use cosmetics containing alcohol – they cause dryness itching and peeling. Buy natural cosmetics made by well-known brands.

Internal causes
It is more difficult to eliminate dry skin due to internal causes because these troubles are related to the state of your body. Some internal reasons may include medical conditions, hormonal disorders, or simply a lack of vitamins. If you have an internal cause of your skin problem, facial products won’t help a great deal.

vitamins for skinIf skin flakiness is caused by a lack of vitamins in the body (this is particularly problematic in the winter), then why not replenish them in a natural way by eating the right foods:

  • Vitamin A – egg yolk, liver, butter, apricots, carrots, pumpkin, parsley, spinach.
  • Vitamin B – fresh fish, dairy products, whole grain bread, brown rice, green apples, cabbage, cantaloupe.
  • Vitamin E – nuts, seeds, broccoli, cucumbers, potatoes, radishes.
  • Vitamin F – vegetable oils, fish, corn, black currants, grains.

By regularly eating these foods in sufficient quantities, you will be able to quickly restore the normal state of your skin – redness, itchiness and flaking will be a thing of the past. Multi vitamin pills can replenish the supply of nutrients; you can buy them at any pharmacy. To find the best option for you, consult your doctor.

Another internal cause of peeling can be a lack of fluid in your body. It is no surprise that your face flakes and cracks when there is not enough moisture in your body. Try to avoid dehydration, drink at least 1 1/2 to 2 liters of fluid per day (avoid sweet, highly carbonated drinks – these are serious enemies of skin health).

Home remedies for dry skin

Flaky skin is the formation of dead cells on its surface. To clean the top layer of dead skin, you need to use soft scrubs. You can buy these at the store, or you can make them yourself. The most affordable and easy types you can make at home are made from coffee or cucumber:

Coffee scrubCoffee scrub
Take leftover coffee grounds and add a few drops of any aromatic oil. Apply the mixture on the face and massage for five to ten minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Cucumber scrub
Using a food processer, mix 1 cucumber, 1 cup of white sugar and 8-10 drops peppermint oil. Process well. Apply the mixture with light circular movements, doing this for about five to ten minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Cucumber scrubTip: Do not overuse scrubs. Twice a week before bedtime is enough to prevent flaking. After the scrub, apply a nourishing mask to soothe and moisturize irritated skin. It is important to use such masks in the winter when there are not enough nutrients and vitamins. You can buy a ready-made mask in any cosmetics section, and there are also several proven popular home recipes:

Carrot mask
Mix 1 carrot, finely grated, with 1 TBS of ground oatmeal and 1 TBS of warm milk and apply on your face. Leave on for twenty minutes, then rinse it off.Carrot mask

Banana mask
Mash one peeled banana and add 1 TBS of olive oil. Apply to your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

Egg + Avocado
An egg mask nourishes and moisturizes the skin, the yolk is also rich in vitamins and microelements, and contains lecithin, which helps nutrients penetrate deep into the skin. Quail eggs have even more nutrients than chicken eggs and can be used whole.avokado mask
Mix 1 chicken egg or 2 quail eggs with 1 ripe avocado. Apply to face skin for 15-20 minutes, rinse with warm water. Apply moisturizer afterwards.


  • Masks should be prepared just before using. Do not make them in advance. The longer they sit, the more their effectiveness decreases.
  • The mask should always be applied on a clean face. Before use, clean your face with hydrophilic oil or micellar water.
  • Different masks should be alternated for best results. By using different combinations, you will understand which masks the skin responds to best.
  • After washing off the mask, apply a nourishing cream to your slightly moist face. You can enhance the effect of soft scrubs and masks if you alternate them with massage treatments. It is not difficult to do.

Honey massage
Mix 1 TBS of honey with the same amount of water. After cleansing, massage this mixture into your face for five minutes. Then remove using warm water and dry by dabbing with a soft towel. Apply moisturizer.

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