How to Hide Peeling Skin

Flaky, peeling skin usually results due to causes including dry winter air, excessive sun exposure and overuse of harsh skin products. Although the peeling eventually stops, the appearance of the skin is unsightly and often embarrassing until it does. Hiding peeling skin is a challenge due to the unevenness of the skin’s texture. However, treating the dryness before attempting to hide the peeling allows you to successfully disguise the problem areas.

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Step 1

Pour a dime-sized amount of mild facial scrub into your hand. Spread the scrub over the area of peeling skin, and gently massage it using small, circular motions. Continue massaging the area for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse your skin with cool water until no trace of the facial scrub remains. Pat the skin dry with a towel using light, gentle pressure.

Step 2

Apply into your hand a dime-sized amount of lotion or facial moisturizer that contains aloe vera as one of the main ingredients. Then, gently spread the moisturizer over all peeling skin. Wait 10 to 15 minutes until the moisturizer absorbs into the skin.

Step 3

Apply a powdered foundation product -- in a color that matches your skin tone -- with a makeup sponge by dabbing it lightly over all areas where peeling occurred. Do not rub the sponge across the skin, as this will cause more peeling to occur.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild facial scrub

  • Water

  • Towel

  • Moisturizer containing aloe vera

  • Powdered foundation

  • Makeup sponge

  • Washcloth (optional)

  • Bowl (optional)

  • Whole milk (optional)


Also treat peeling skin by soaking a wash cloth in a bowl of cold, whole milk. Wring out the washcloth so that it does not drip, and then lay the cloth over the peeling areas. Wait 10 minutes and remove the cloth. Allow the skin to air dry. The lipids in the milk help to hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of peeling.


Do not apply bronzer, blush or other dark-colored makeup products, since these will actually highlight the peeling skin and make it appear more prominent. Likewise, avoid makeup products that contain glitter or shimmer in them.

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