How To Get Rid of Dead Skin on Face: Skincare Tips for Flaky Skin

Suffering from dry, dull and rough skin? Discover what causes dead skin and how to get rid of dead skin on face in this helpful guide.

Darlings, everyone wants to know how to get rid of dead skin on the face. Dry, flaky skin on your face is a common concern that’s caused by a build up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. If you’re looking to UNLOCK the secrets to a SOFT and SUPPLE-LOOKING complexion, read on to discover the causes of flaky skin and how to approach it.

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Dead Skin on Face: What Causes Flaky Skin?

When skin cells reach around 30 days old, they die and are replaced with new skin cells as part of your skin’s regeneration cycle. When not exfoliated away, these dead skin cells can then sit on top of new skin cells and lead to many different skin concerns, which can vary depending on your age, health and the cause of the dead skin.

Skin cells dying can be accelerated by certain triggers including drastic changes in the weather or temperature, taking hot showers and baths, using harsh soaps and skincare products, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and overexposure to chlorinated swimming pools.

Common skin concerns caused by dead skin are dryness and flakiness but it can also cause itchiness, redness, uneven tone and fine lines on the skin. Dead skin cells can also cause clogged pores, which can lead to blackheads and breakouts.

How To Approach Flaky Skin

Darlings, if you’re suffering from flaky skin on your face, it’s always a good idea to tackle it so that you can enjoy a HEALTHY-LOOKING and GLOWING complexion. Here are Charlotte’s 8 MAGIC tips for approaching flaky skin…

MAGIC TIP 1: Find your skin type

Discover your skin type and find out whether your skin is dry or dehydrated so that you can tailor your lifestyle and skincare routine to combat your flaky skin.

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MAGIC TIP 2: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

For gentle daily exfoliation, use Charlotte’s Glow Toner. This pore-refining and acid-free toner is super-hydrating and will leave your skin looking baby soft and smooth!

MAGIC TIP 3: Cut down on hot showers and baths

Since hot water really dries your skin out, keep them short (a maximum of 10 minutes, once a day). If you’re taking a bath, it’s recommended to use lukewarm water to minimize the chances of your skin drying out.

MAGIC TIP 4: Apply moisturizer straight after showering

When you apply moisturizer to damp skin, it prevents the buildup of dead skin while helping to LOCK IN all that moisture. Charlotte also recommends applying her award-winning Charlotte's Magic Cream to your face and neck after they’ve been freshly cleansed.

MAGIC TIP 5: Wrap up warm during winter months

Since cold temperatures can strip your skin of moisture and dry it out, it’s important to protect it by covering it up with hats, scarves and gloves when possible.

MAGIC TIP 6: Embrace the power of hyaluronic acid

This powerful skincare ingredient holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an ideal hydrator for dry skin. Hyaluronic acid can be found in many of Charlotte’s ICONIC skincare products including Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir and Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir.

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MAGIC TIP 7: Stay safe in the sun

Chronic exposure to UV rays can dehydrate and dry out your skin, causing flakiness, redness and irritation. Protect yourself by avoiding direct sunlight during peak hours, wearing a hat when possible and ALWAYS wearing sunscreen.

MAGIC TIP 8: Shower after swimming

Because chlorine in public swimming pools irritates the skin and causes drying, it can accelerate dead skin cells appearing on the face and body. After you come out of the pool, always rinse off with warm or cool water to wash away the chlorine, and follow with your hydrating skincare routine.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.

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