How to Protect Your Skin from Windburn

Windburn is a common problem in winter. Whether you’re planning a ski trip to Austria or you love to hike outdoors in the crisp winter months (especially popular with lots of people here in Lancashire!), it’s important to protect your skin from the ravages of windburn.

What Causes Windburn?

Windburn is not like sunburn. Although it might happen on a bright winter’s day, you can’t blame the sun. Instead, windburn is caused by cold temperatures and, oh surprise, wintry air. Basically, cold winter weather sucks the moisture out of our skin. This causes blood vessels near the surface to expand, which reddens the skin in much the same way that sunburn does. Yes, it’s not an attractive look, but with a bit of care, you can protect your skin and prevent windburn from happening.

Cleanse and Moisturise Your Skin

Your skin needs extra care and protection in cold weather. Don’t leave the house without cleansing and moisturising your face. Since windburn is caused by a lack of moisture, it makes sense to use extra hydrating products.

Pick a cleanser and moisturiser that soothes and moisturises. Look for products that fit your skin type, so, if you are prone to oily skin, go for oil-free cleaners and moisturisers. Apply plenty of moisturiser before you leave the house.

Drink Plenty of Water

Moisturise from the inside out. The more hydrated you are, the more hydrated your skin is. Drink plenty of water if you are spending time outdoors in cold weather. Even if you don’t feel especially thirsty, the cold wind is still doing its worst.

Use Lip Balm

Cold weather tends to affect our lips first. Because they stick out more, they are more vulnerable. Protect your lips with a moisturising lip balm or some Vaseline. Apply regularly to keep your lips soft. If your lips get dry and flaky, don’t pick at the skin, or you will end up with sore lips.

Soothing Windburn

Soothing Windburn

Once you have a tell-tale red face, it’s time to reach for that trusty jar of moisturiser once again. Slap on moisturiser up to four times a day if you have sore, red skin.

If your skin feels sore, use products that soothe and heal. Skincare products containing Vitamin E are useful for treating sore, windburn affected skin. Some people also recommend coconut oil, as it has natural antibacterial properties.

What Not to Do When You Have Windburn

Stay away from exfoliants when you have windburn. Abrasive products will only make the problem worse, as well as being rather painful. Toners and astringents are also best avoided, so avoid products with harsh ingredients, as these will strip your skin even more. Water-based products or gels are also drying. If you must wash your face with water, make sure it is lukewarm, not hot

Try not to be outdoors in the extreme cold, but if you have no choice or can’t bear to miss a day of skiing, protect your face with a scarf and wear a hat and gloves.

Here at AP Skincare, we’re dedicated to keeping your skin looking and feeling amazing, which is why we offer a number of core skincare services. Give us a call on 01254 297 000, or drop into our skin clinic Blackburn to book an appointment!