© Cyril Massion / Studio White

© Cyril Massion / Studio White

Here's how to keep your skin safe from windburn when you run

We provide you our advice and tips on how to protect your skin from windburn during your winter runs.

So you’ve found the motivation to go running when it’s cold outside, but you’ve started to notice that your skin isn’t feeling quite as optimistic as you about the whole thing. If windburn – winter’s version of summer sunburn – has hit you, and your face is red and beginning to peel, follow the advice below to learn how to soothe your skin and how to protect it during your next jog:

How to soothe windburn:

If you became one of windburn’s victims on a recent run (don’t worry, it happens to the best of us) then your skin is need of some serious SOS. To help your skin cells renew, apply a serum and then put on an intense hydrating cream or gel. Repeat this process 3 to 4 times a day on the affected zone, or until your skin starts to feel hydrated again and has stopped peeling. And whatever you do, don’t pick at any dead skin!

Before stepping outside:

Take the necessary steps to properly protect your skin and arm yourself against windburn.

-Cover-up: You can get windburn on any part of your body that’s exposed. Before your run, put on some gloves, a hat and a scarf to shield yourself from the cold and wind.

-Use sun protection: Slather on a hydrating cream with SPF protection, especially if you plan on going for a long run. Not only will it protect your skin from the cold, but also from UV rays which the sun still emits, even in winter. And don’t forget about your lips: apply a hydrating lip balm every two hours to keep them from getting chapped.

-Check the weather: Before you put your sneakers on check how cold it actually is outside. Running when it’s chilly is fine, but if the temperature has reached freezing, it’s probably wiser to stay inside. Not only would the frigid air give you windburn, it could also dry your skin out - when your body loses heat the blood vessels constrict, causing less oil to be released by the sebaceous glands.

If you follow our advice, you’ll reach the finish line with glowing gorgeous skin – windburn won’t stand a chance!

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