Wind! A mystical force that enrages fires, spreads life, and runs off with your umbrella unannounced! Wind is engaging when it carries a child’s kite high in the summer sky, but not much fun when it leaves your skin dry, chapped or even burned. Whether wind is mixed with snowflakes or salt water it challenges the acid mantel of your skin stripping it of the lipids that hydrate the skin.
The lipid rich outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum) is damaged by both sun and wind. The good news is that wind damage although uncomfortable does not typically produce lasting damage. As with sunburn, windburn is drying, often turns the skin red and can flake or peel. Prevention is the best option but if wind burn does occur sooth the skin with the following steps.
1) Apply cold compress to face to sooth redness, use creamy cleansers and pat, do not rub face dry.
2) Smooth Aloe Vera directly from the plant or a gel preparation without alcohol all over face.
3) Vitamin E capsules can also be broken open and used along with Chamomile oil to help with redness.
4) Petroleum Jelly can be used but may aggravate some skin condition such as acne. Shea butter or coconut butter is also helpful.
5) Moisturizers that contain powerful hydrating agents need to be applied to the skin several times a day and specifically as a barrier if skin must be exposed to winds. Look for these ingredients in your moisturizers.
- Hyaluronic acid-provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water. HA is naturally produced by the body to cushion joints and plump skin with moisture making the skin look more youthful.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate stimulates your skin to make its own natural moisturizers called Glycosaminoglycans. Glycosaminoglycans will allow your skin to absorb moisture from your body which reduces the need for applying other moisturizers. Levels of Glycosaminoglycans decline with age and may account for some of the skin changes that occur as skin matures.
- Wakame, sea kelp, has the ability to inhibit the activity of the harmful enzyme Hyaluronidase – the enzyme in the body that helps to break down the hyaluronic acids. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for maintain plumpness of the skin.
- Hydromanil, a technologically advanced ingredient, which retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. So not only does it provide immediate moisturization, it also continues to hold water in the layers of your skin over time, providing 8-hour moisture protection.
Of course the best option is prevention. Here are some times to guard against wind burn.
Prevention of Wind and Sunburn
1) Cover-up hats, scarves, bathing suit covers and protective clothing- neck skin is very difficult and hard to treat!
2) Sunblock sets up a barrier for both sun and wind; reapply at least every two hours.
3) Lay it on your lips- a sunblock with at least 15 SPF- you want to keep your pucker smooth.
4) Moisturize daily. At night the body, including the skin repairs itself. Use a moisturizer made for action not fashion at night!
5) Smoke, extreme temperatures both hot and cold & hot showers also leach moisture.
6) Regular exfoliation, through facials, microderm, gentle scrubs, enzymes, fruit acids remove dead dry skin and let the moisturizers penetrate more deeply to protect the skin. Do not exfoliate if skin is already irritated.
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