Since sunburn is the most common cause of skin peeling, it's crucial to wear sunscreen when you head outdoors. "It's not enough to only use sunscreen when you're at the beach," says Zeichner. "When it comes to your face, you should apply sunscreen every day." He recommends using a daily moisturizer with at least SPF 30, which blocks 97 percent of UVB rays.
A few other key steps for prevention include staying well-hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and moisturizing your skin twice daily. If you have dry skin, Zeichner recommends taking short, luke-warm showers and using nonsoap cleansers since the alkaline pH of soap can be damaging to your skin. When you step out of the shower, gently pat yourself dry (rather than rubbing harshly with a towel) and moisturize with a targeted dry skin lotion within five minutes.