Avoiding Windburn

Freerider, Skiing, Ski, Sports, Alpine
Besides the chance of being caught in the middle of an avalanche and obtaining a frostbite during your ski vacation, here’s another threat that you ought to avoid: windburn. So just what is a windburn?
Windburn is the redness of the skin brought on by long exposure to strong and cold winds for extended time period. The cold air makes it possible for the wind to readily break down the fat molecules (petroleum ) that maintain the standard moisture on your skin. As a result, the skin turns dry and irritated.
Signs and Symptoms
Windburn is characterized by the irritation of the skin shown in the redness of the face and other parts of the body like neck and hands. It may look and feel like sunburn. Sometimes, the skin may appear swollen and feel very itchy or sore. It usually last for a few days as it causes much less skin damage.
However, if the aggravation lasts longer, ask your physician to avoid another skin condition such as rosacea. Rosacea is a skin disorder that can mimic windburn and characterized by various forms of facial redness due to the enlargement and widening of blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin.
Who might be the victims of sunburn?
People who live in warm climates don’t usually experience windburn, however sudden exposure to cold dry winds on holidays or during a sudden weather change might increase the odds.
What are the ways to prevent it?
Wear a scarf or neck warmers for your neck and chin, mittens to protect your hands, a hat or headband to your ears and a face mask for your nose cheeks, and forehead.
Second, if you intend to go out for a long time, wear some moisturizing sunblock to protect you from both sun and windburn. Do not forget to moisturize your lips too, with an SPF lip lotion. Apply sunscreen to your skin and lips every two hours.
Third, check weather reports and understand the wind-chill variable before going out. If the weather is very cold, then don’t stay outside far too long.
Fourth, if it occurs, apply lotion about four times per day. Make sure those lotions are without odor or acidic ingredients to prevent further irritation. If your skin begins to peel, resist the temptation to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. In cleaning the affected area, choose a mild cleanser to keep the natural moisture from your skin. If your condition is not getting any better, best to consult your doctor.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *