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How to Get Dead Skin to Peel

author image Lisa Finn
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.
How to Get Dead Skin to Peel
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Dry, dead skin is never pretty, especially if it refuses to peel and reveal fresh skin underneath. The good news is that you can help speed up the peeling process by using gentle exfoliating and moisturizing products. The key is to do so in stages as to not take off too much skin before it's ready. Once your dead skin begins to peel, you can easily slough it off and have smoother skin days ahead.

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Step 1

Take a long, hot shower. This will dry out the skin even more and encourage the dry skin to come to the surface and flake. The hot steam removes the natural oils quickly and encourages peeling.

Step 2

Pour a dollop of exfoliating scrub onto a wet wash cloth. Gently rub the wash cloth in small circles over the areas you wish would peel. When exfoliating the face, use a gentle upward, circular motion with natural ingredients like jojoba beads, yogurt and sugar. An electric exfoliating brush also helps expedite the peeling process.

Step 3

Use a hydrating moisturizer that also features glycolic acid. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, glycolic acid penetrates the upper layer of the skin and weakens the dead skin cells so they'll slough off easier. Underneath, you'll find fresh, evenly pigmented skin.

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