Winter and Your Skin: 3 Tips to Deal with Wind Burn
November 14, 2013
Updated by Editor, December 2019
While the sun is the most dangerous element when it comes to your skin, that doesn't mean that you should let your guard down during the winter. Harsh winter weather, dry air, and UV exposure can make surviving the elements while maintaining an even complexion difficult. Wind burn, while not as damaging as sun burn in the long term, can make your skin red and irritated. The outer layer of your skin is made up of lipids which keep your skin moisturized but when the air is cold it contains less moisture. This means the elements can breakdown your skin more easily. During the winter the combination of wind friction, exposed skin, and UV exposure can result in wind burn. But wind burn is also easily preventable by taking these simple steps to protect your skin during the winter months.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that's very effective when taken topically in a moisturizer or facial cream. But you can also include it in your diet. Great sources of Vitamin E include sunflower seeds, nuts, turnip greens, pine nuts, peanut butter, wheat germ, and avocado.
Originally authored by, Sara Novak - a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.