Braving the cold and harsh conditions of winter unnecessarily might not be the smartest thing to do, especially if you have sensitive skin. Wind and low temperatures can damage your skin and make it unbearable to go outside. Become familiar with home remedies for windburn and you can set your skin on the path of healing in no time.
What is Windburn?
Windburn occurs when the wind has removed the top layer of oil from the skin. This common condition is a combination of the sun and wind drying out the skin. The lack of oil causes excessive dryness that can lead to redness and soreness. Extreme cases involve itchiness and swollen skin. The pain is often described as being similar to sunburn.
Windburn Home Remedies
Protecting the skin to make sure damage does not worsen is an effective way to treat the symptoms of windburn. You can also use home remedies for windburn to ease the pain and swelling that comes when the oils in your skin have been stripped. Suggestions include:
a) Petroleum Jelly:
Rub a soothing layer of petroleum jelly on windburned skin. The oiliness of Vaseline creates a protective barrier and encourages the healing process.
b) Lip Balm:
The ingredients in lip balms, such as Chap Stick, can work in the same manner as petroleum jelly.
When windburn causes swelling of the skin, elevate hands and feet to ease the discomfort.
To make sure windburn on your ears does not worsen, protect by wearing a hat that covers your ears.
e) Scarf/Face and Neck Gator:
Protect a windburned neck and face with a scarf or face and neck gator, which can also be used to cover the nose and lips.
f) Terry-Cloth Towel:
If a wool scarf irritates your skin, protect the front of your neck (where skin is quite thin) by wrapping a terry-cloth towel around your neck.
g) Protective Clothing:
Wearing a protective clothing that covers exposed areas can protect exposed areas such as a windburned neck as it heals and will prevent further irritation in the future. Choose cotton fabric to minimize the irritation that wool and synthetic fibers may cause.
h) Mild Skin Care:
With windburn, your skin will most likely feel tender. When washing, choose mild cleansers that create a creamy, gentle foam that doesn’t dry out the skin. Gently clean without rubbing and do not overwash.
i) Transition Body Temperatures:
The gentler you treat damaged skin, the quicker it will heal. One way to accommodate the healing process is to avoid extreme temperature exposure. For example, when coming indoors from a cold, winter day – let the room temperature warm the body and avoid a hot shower or standing directly in front of the fireplace.
j) Zip Up:
Block the wind by putting your zipper to good use. Zip up garments over your chin (when possible) and pull the hood of your jacket around your face to create a shield against damaging winds.
k) Avoid Shaving:
Shaving before going out in windy conditions strips the skin of natural oils, which lessens your protection when outside.
l) Cocoa Butter:
The restorative nutrients found in cocoa butter will soothe windburned skin and encourage the healing process.
m) Pass on the Shower Gel:
Windy weather and shower gel do not mix because of the alcohol content found in most products. The alcohol has a drying effect that makes windburned skin vulnerable to further irritation.
n) Aloe Vera:
Having an aloe plant in your home is handy for victims of windburn. Simply break off a fleshy stem of the plant to extract the healing gel. Rub over affected skin for protection and enhanced healing. Reapply several times per day.
To speed up the healing process, take an aspirin, which offers anti-inflammatory help for swollen, windburned skin.
p) Be Prepared:
Before going outside, check the wind chill factor, which can help you prepare for windy cold conditions that can worsen the symptoms of windburned skin.
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