To stop skin from peeling, soak in a cool tub immediately after getting sunburn, and apply a cold milk compress to further cool the skin. Once skin has started peeling, remove the skin flakes and moisturize.
- Soak in cool water
Starting right after you get the sunburn, soak in a cool tub of water every day. If you are experiencing pain, add an after-sun soak to the bathwater.
- Apply a milk compress
In the initial days after the burn, apply a cold milk compress. Pour whole milk into a bowl filled with ice cubes. Soak a soft washcloth in the milk, and apply it to the burned skin. Leave the compress on the skin for 10 minutes. Do not rinse the milk off, as the proteins are what soothe the skin.
- Pre-soak to remove flakes
Fill the tub with warmer water than before, but still only lukewarm. Sit with the peeling skin submerged for 15 minutes.
- Remove flakes
Use a very soft washcloth to gently rub the peeling skin. Rub back and forth without applying pressure. Rinse the washcloth, and repeat the process, but not more than two additional times. Repeat the entire process no more than twice a day.
- Apply moisturizer
Look for moisturizers with aloe vera or vitamin E. Apply a generous amount to the peeling area as often as necessary to keep it hydrated. Avoid age-defying lotions, as these typically include exfoliating ingredients that can irritate peeling skin.