How to Prevent Windburn and Dry Skin in Snowy Weather’

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July 14, 2014 1:23 PM EST

When winter comes, we start to worry about dry skin. People can react differently to cold weather. Some may only experience mild discomforts like dry and scaly patches. Others may experience break outs, painful cracks and open sores. It is best to know how to prevent dry skin and windburn to keep your skin healthy and smooth, even if the weather is hell bent on dehydrating it.

A large snowball fight breaks
A large snowball fight breaks out on The Mall in Washington March 3, 2014. A powerful winter storm hit the U.S. East Coast on Monday with freezing rain, snow and arctic cold, forcing cancellation of about 2,250 flights, shutting down Washington and closing schools and local governments. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Basic Prevention

1. Cover up

Shield your skin from the cold elements by wearing the necessary items like a sweater, neck warmer, mittens, hat or bonnet and earmuffs. You should also wear a facemask or goggles to protect your face, especially when engaged in snow sports. Keeping your skin protected against snow and gusts will help stop dryness.

2. Apply moisturiser

There are moisturising lotions and sunblock that will keep your skin moist especially when you are staying out for a long time. Apply these products every four to six hours. Also apply lubricating agents on your lips to prevent cracking. Sunscreen will help keep your skin safe against ultraviolet rays which can cause damage and further cracking. Apply every two to three hours. People have different skin moisturising needs, but during the winter seasons, everyone somehow falls into the same field and will need moisture to keep their skin healthy. So even if you have oily skin, don't be scared to slather the lotion on. 

3. Stay inside

If you have been out for several hours, look for a shop or restaurant to stay in for 30 to 60 minutes. Ideally, stay in a place where they keep a humidifier or air conditioner so your skin temperature increases to healthy levels. Drink something warm while inside like hot tea or coffee. Drink a glass of water to hydrate your skin before going out again.

4. Check the weather

It may be safer to stay indoors if the temperature drops to extreme levels. Get the weather report to determine the external temperature and wind chill factor. Also move slower to prevent windburn. Skiing or snowboarding down a hill will have a drying effect on your face and can cause sores and cracks. Wear a mask and other face-protecting gear when doing these types of activity.

If you start to experience symptoms like drying of the skin or lips, re-apply the lubricants or move immediately indoors. Take a warm, not hot, shower to moisturise your skin and rehydrate with one to two glasses of water immediately after. Taking Vitamin D supplements, according to Science Daily, also helps in keeping it nourished from the inside and helps prevent itching, so load up!

(Photo: A large snowball fight breaks / )
A large snowball fight breaks out on The Mall in Washington March 3, 2014. A powerful winter storm hit the U.S. East Coast on Monday with freezing rain, snow and arctic cold, forcing cancellation of about 2,250 flights, shutting down Washington and closing schools and local governments. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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