How to Protect Skin From Wind

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Protect Skin From Wind. Wind can damage your skin year-round, whether mixed with saltwater or snowflakes or during an otherwise normal sunny day. The wind can leave your skin dry, chapped and even burned, so learning to protect your skin from wind is important in keeping it healthy and radiant.

Stay inside during harsh wind if possible. If you must be outside, try to stay under shelter. For example, use a bus stop shelter instead of standing directly in the wind.

Cover exposed skin with clothing whenever going into a windy area. At the beach, wear a light bathing suit cover and sun hat to combat extra wind. In the winter, wear a hat, scarf and gloves to protect areas often difficult to cover but more susceptible to wind burn.

Use a moisturizer daily, both for your body and face. A company named Farmona claims to have made creams specifically for cold and wind, but any moisturizer can help keep your skin moist and strong on a daily basis. Also apply moisturizer after being exposed to wind for soothing relief.

Use sunscreen when going outside to minimize skin problems. Sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher not only protects against sun damage but also against wind damage by acting as a shield against irritants.

Stay away from other skin irritants such as smoke and extreme heat or cold, which make wind damage feel worse. These elements also tend to leach moisture from your skin, leaving it more susceptible to wrinkles and burns.

Apply petroleum jelly to your skin to protect it from harsh wind. This locks the moisture inside and acts as a barrier against drying and burning wind gusts. You can also use petroleum jelly to soothe your skin after you've already gotten windburn.

Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated. The healthier your body is to begin with, the better it can fight irritants.

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