Facial Redness during Winter

Winters means we are bound to do anything desirable for ourselves, so we have to settle for the skin-debilitating effects of winter. Humidity, cold temperatures, howling air, and much more are coming to trigger dry lips, rough, flaking skin, and much more. One of the most disturbing and utterly devastating impacts of the winter weather is facial redness.

The external layer of the skin consists of dead cells enclosed in a mixture of natural oils produced by the internal cells of the skin. These natural skin oils protect the water within our body from leaking into the air and also prevent irritating substances and germs from entering the body. Both skin oils and dead skin cells retain a certain amount of water that maintains the skin moist, light and smooth.

Discolored skin and redness is common in the winter season. Blame it because of lack of hydration, or because your skin is extremely sensitive to cold winds, but the reality is that your skin looks very unattractive during this season. But that doesn't mean you can't tackle skin redness this season. There are some of the leading symptoms of facial redness and how to protect ourselves from it.

1.   Dryness

Low humidity is one of the defining characteristics of the winter season. With less heat and moisture, your skin, including your face, can dry up immediately. This will cause dryness, flaccidity, itchiness, and a reddened appearance. Dryness is the greatest risk to your skin in the winter season. Except for windburn and sunburn, having your skin covered will not keep your skin moisturized. Yet you can drink a moderate amount of water every day, complementing hydration with a changed skincare routine. Use heavier and layered moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated for longer durations. Besides, when at home, you can use a humidifier to reinstate moisture into the air in your home.

Dry skin takes place when there is not enough water in the top layer of the skin to work properly. One way this can happen is when the protective oils in the stratum corneum are lost so that the water that is usually present in the skin can escape. Too much soap, exposure to harsh chemicals, natural aging and some forms of skin diseases are some of the causes of reduced levels of defensive skin oils. When the skin dries, it deteriorates and as it deteriorates, small cracks can occur.

2.   Freezing Winds

Besides being painful, cold winds could take away natural oils from your skin. Whereas, an unusually cold hit of weather will dry your skin and give you a painful case of windburn. If your skin is red and sensitive to touch, you might have a windburn. The only way to protect oneself against this is to keep the face protected and moisturized. Windburn has similar effects to sunburn, the next trigger of facial redness.

3.   Rosacea

Winter weather can cause rosacea flare-ups as well. Dry, cold air can cause redness in the cheeks, nose, and forehead, similarly to facial flushing. If not diagnosed early, symptoms may become increasingly worse, causing minor but painful pustules and cysts on the face.

4.   Dermatitis

This applies to some form of inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis causes the development of dry, itchy patches. It can result from inadequate circulation or exposure to harsh chemicals, allergens, or infections.

5.   Sunburn

Since it is the winters, the sun could still damage your skin. Sunlight will directly touch your skin, which is the shortest route to sunburn. Besides, sunlight can also be reflected from the ground and snow, or the clouds can be pierced. Both of these can cause sunburn, and reddened skin is a sign of sunburn. Blocking this means keeping yourself covered and wearing sunscreens.

Treating a Winter Redness

Many winter redness remedies are cheap and do not require a prescription. For instance:

  • Moisturizers are the first protection against winter redness because they help lock moisture in your body. Apply moisturizers multiple times every day, particularly after bathing and washing.
  • Petroleum jelly also works as a shield to help preserve moisture in your skin. If you don't like the thought of using petroleum products.
  • Natural oils, such as olive oil and coconut oil, can help to soothe your irritated skin and ability to cope. Apply as appropriate to your skin.
  • Vegetable lowering is another standard treatment for dry skin, as its solid oil content helps restore moisture. Try rubbing it on or off the bed after bathing.
  • Milk baths could help to relieve your itchy skin. Soak a clean washcloth in whole milk and rub it in the affected region of your body, or soak in a warm bath with milk added for around 10 minutes.
  • Winter redness on your hands can be eliminated by wearing protective gloves when washing up or utensils. You can also wash your hands in water for a longer period of time to keep them moisturizing.
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