Winters are a time to cherish as it is the most loved season. While the rosy winters may bring out a smile on some faces on others, it brings out a severe problem of wind burns!
Here, I would mainly like to draw your attention to the reasons that wind burns occur, the most common symptoms of windburn, the methods of preventing it and finally if you already have windburn, I will suggest some remedies for curing it with some easy and natural ways.
If you follow the advice provided, it will cure the problem in the least possible time with surprising results.
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What Is Wind Burn On Face?
Everyone loves a pink glowing skin full of natural radiance. But, during the winter it becomes challenging to maintain the skins natural texture.
During the winter season, most people have the habit of neglecting their health. And skin, in particular, is not taken care of. And one of problem’s that occur among the many others like cold and flu is a windburn.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and weighs around 1.6 kg!
Your skin covers your body from head to toe, and any effect on your health is immediately noticed on the skin.
There are so many skin ailments, and a recent new term that has been added to the existing illnesses is the wind burn.
Especially the skin of your face is most exposed to the surrounding climate. The climate affects your skin in a drastic manner, and each weather has its effect on the skin and our health.
The skin on your face has to go through a lot, and it has to tolerate the changes in season. The pollution around us and the various natural effects of sun, wind, and rain also harm us.
The skin acts as a protective cover of our body, and it goes through a lot during a climate change. Cold and flu are common symptoms in winter, and they have well-defined cures.
While you may have heard of Sun burns, but wind burns may be somewhat of a new term for many. Many may have had wind burns but would not know the exact name for it, because of its unique nature.
Windburns, unlike sunburns, are not due to the heat or temperature around. Rather, wind burns are caused by the combination of very cold temperature and least humidity in the surroundings.
This phenomenon occurs especially during the winter seasons. The chilling temperature causes dryness in the air. The lack of humidity removes any bit of moisture around you.
Both of these prove as a lethal combination for the skin. I have observed that it occurs in especially those who have sensitive skins.
Wind burns are called so because of the rather burning sensation that they cause on the skin making the skin dry and dull. Windburn are observed in patients who live in rather cold and chilling climates.
Causes Of Wind Burn On Face
It is very necessary to understand the factors that contribute t the formation of wind burns on the skin. Especially in winters, the weather causes a reduction in natural oils of the skin, leading to very dry and rough skin.
Individuals living in nations with the chilly cold atmosphere are in danger of affliction from windburn. Since face stays presented to chilly twist more regularly than other body parts in the cool atmosphere, it is powerless against creating windburn.
This condition happens when the characteristic oil on the surface of skin gets exhausted because of low mugginess and cool atmosphere. Once the oil from the skin is burglarized away, the layer of skin gets to be distinctly dry.
At the point when UV beams of sun infiltrate in the influenced zone, it causes consumer which take after like sunburn. The skin injury is not sunburn.
Individuals dwelling in high heights, skiers and included in winter games are inclined to create windburn when their face stays presented to draft in the cool twist for a long and incessant period.
One of the many things that happen to people suffering from wind burn is that the blood vessels which are present on the outer layer of the skin starts to get dilated or expanded and the outer skin starts to peel.
This peeling effect is somewhat painful, and the soreness that it causes is hard to tolerate. Because the facial skin is the most sensitive of all, any damage to it is painful not only physically but also psychologically.
As your face is your representation to the world around you; So you would always want to put up your best face for the world to see.
Though you cannot control the weather, you can take some care and precautions to maintain a healthy and glowing skin. Can’t You?
Symptoms of Wind Burn On Face
The main symptoms of windburn are
- Dry and rough skin: Due to the lack of moisture the skin became dry and worn out.
- Redness of the skin: Along with the dryness if you feel scratching the skin or continuous if you touch the skin, it may lead to redness of the skin.
- Peeling of skin in patches or particular area: The dryness of your skin may cause the outer layer of the skin to be peeled off from the surface. This is the dead skin.
- Itching of skin and rashes: The dryness of the skin results in itching and which ultimately results in our tendency to touch the skin. This further aggravates the situations and causes rashes.
- You may especially experience windburn if there is lack of moisture in the skin
Home Remedies For Wind Burn On Face
There are many natural and homemade remedies to cure skin burns which are being used for ages without any side effects.
There are some amazing remedies available to you which are readily available and can be used by anyone without any fear of side effects. Most of the ingredients available in the kitchen are sources of enormous potential to heal and repair the skin.
1. Coconut Oil
- Use Coconut oil to moisturize the skin.One to two hours before bath coconut massage oil on the whole body.
- The coconut oil forms a protective layer for the skin and acts as a natural shield.
- Take a bath in lukewarm water as far as possible, as too hot water can cause scalding of the skin, and too cold water can further deplete the skin of moisture.
- The human body is made up of 70 percent water. Research has shown tremendous positive effects of water on overall health and especially on skin.
- Water is the most important medicine that you can give to your skin. You should take efforts to drink at least 8 hours of water, which may seem difficult for some, especially during winter season.
- But the water keeps the body and the skin hydrated and keeps the skin fresh and soft.So make it a regular practice.
- Make use of rose water from time to time as it refreshes the skin and provides it with the necessary moisture it needs.
- Make rose water at home by adding rose petals to water and keeping it for a week and then apply the extract on the face.
4. Aloe Vera
- The Aloe Vera gel is a good option to be applied to the face. There are aloe vera gels available on the market.
- You can prepare the gel at home with a newly cut leaf of aloe vera.
- Cut the leaf such that the outer layer is removed and the sticky gel-like substance can be scraped using a spoon. Apply this all over the face.
5. Vitamin E
- Eating foods which are rich in Vitamin E is also a great option for those suffering from wind burns. Include almonds in your diet. Almond is one of the best sources of Vitamin E.
- Include Raw Seeds, Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Kale in your diet.
- Apply freshly cut cucumber or cucumber juice on the affected area using a cotton piece.Clean the cucumber and remove the external skin.
- Grate it and extract its juice from the grated cucumber and apply on the affected area.
- This will provide a refreshing coolness to the skin and will reduce the itchiness and redness.
- It is a good practice to apply moisturizer on the face before going to bed.
- Apply moisturizer at night as night time is the time when the skin heals, so it is best to clean your face using lukewarm water.
- Pat it dry and apply a mild moisturizer in enough quantity over the affected area on the face.
Use Oatmeal in a bath to get the softness of the skin back.
- Like cucumbers, Potatoes are also used on the skin to soothe the skin and keep its moisture.
- Apply the juice of grated potatoes directly. Or using a cotton swab on the affected area for twenty minutes. Then wash off your face using lukewarm water.
Milk is the best moisturizer. Use milk which is at normal temperature and dip it in cotton and apply over the skin. It brings relief to the pain and acts as a moisturizer.
Yogurt has cooling property. Apply Yogurt to the affected area. It is good practice to include yogurt in the diet during the day. Avoid having yogurt at night for dinner.
12. Shea Butter
Shea butter can be used on the skin, and it is one of the many trends which is picking up in the skincare regime.
13. Lip Balm
Another area which is very prone to get chaffed due to the winter chills are the lips. Use a lip balm with proper moisturizing property to protect the delicate area of the lips.
How To Take Care Of Wind Burn On Face?
Touching and Scratching the affected skin should is best avoided at all cost. As the rashes, many spread and cause inflammation in the surrounding area as well.
As far as possible use lukewarm water to wash a windburned skin, never use water which is too hot as it may increase the problem further.
Stay away from extreme cold or extreme heat as well.
It is essential to remember that things that remove oil from the skin should be used as less as possible.
Avoid use of Scrub which can cause more damage to the exposed skin.
And the main thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure. So to avoid wind burns proper precautions must be taken and followed religiously.
Any problem related to skin takes time to heal and the effect of you! Will not be instant.
The main thing to do is follow a particular skin regime and do it regularly for best effects. Even after using the remedies if the skin does peel, then remember that it’s a part of the healing process of the body to remove dry skin.
But if the problem persists then it is best recommended to see a skin specialist and take a medical opinion. If the pain of wind burn is unbearable, the doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medicines.
Prevention Methods For Wind Burn On Face
- The most important thing to be done is to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.
- You should take care to cover the skin. Not only the facial skin but the whole body whenever going out in cold weather.
- You have multiple options available to shield the skin from the roughness of the chilly winter. Use Scarves or Stoles to cover your face. Mufflers can be used to cover up the neck region.Use Woolen Caps to safeguard the head and ear area.
- As far as possible use goggles or spectacles to cover the eyes. As the area around the eye is most sensitive.
- It’s a general misconception that no sunscreen is necessary during winter. Apply sunscreen every three to four hours if staying out for long.
- A moisturizing sunscreen will not only protect from the harmful rays of the sun but also against wind burns. The moisturizing sunscreen results in the skin being soft and supple and the sunscreen acts as a barrier against the direct effect of the sun.
- Do not use harsh creams or lotions.(which are present in most of the cosmetics available in the market)
- Opt for natural and organic remedies instead of using chemical unless prescribed by an authorized skin doctor.
- Avoid going out during the peak hours of the morning and late hours of an evening when the cold is at its harshest.
Special Care For Wind Burn On Face
It is highly important to take precautions of certain areas of the skin and also to safeguard the skin when visiting certain places. Here I would like to elaborate on certain important things to keep in mind:
1. Windburn Eyes
- The eyes are the most sensitive area of the face. The skin around the eye is almost translucent, and it is very thin as compared to the other skin on the face.
- You must take special care of your eyes. As far as possible use Goggles with UV protection for the eyes.
- It is not recommended to apply any cream or chemical directly round the eyes, but the surrounding area can be applied with moisturizing sunscreen.
2. Windburn Around Lips
- Your lips are the second most important part of your face. It is a very sensitive area so that it can get easily damaged due to cold.
- Your Lips may lose their moisture under extreme cold climate. Hence a proper moisturizing lip balm should be applied from time to time.
3. Windburn In Babies
- Though it is recommended that babies should not be exposed to too cold atmospheres, but if it is unavoidable then proper care of the baby must be taken.
- Baby’s skin is thinner than the adult skin; hence it needs special care and attention. Babies should be properly covered fully while taking them out.
- As far as possible use creams which are prescribed for the sensitive skin of babies. Adult products should not be used on babies’ skin.
4. Windburn At Beach
- While going out on the beach apply a proper sunscreen with a suitable SPF and moisturizing nutrient all over the body.
- As the beach area is more prone to winds, there is the greater chance of wind burn occurring at the beaches.
- Hence as far as possible avoid going to the beaches during the cold weather. If necessity arises to use the precautions as mentioned above.
Wind Burns is really hard to tolerate. But with proper care and using simple skin regime, it is a very easy task to cure wind burns.
You can get back that radiant skin back and have a healthy and glowing skin. But like any other thing, it takes consistency and discipline to keep up the routine to ensure that your skin maintains its natural texture.
A meticulous beauty regime involving just some very basic ingredients can ensure that you stay away from wind burns.
And in no time you can sport a glowing, radiant skin. Happy Skin to you!