November 17, 2010
Windburn is a common problem that impacts many people during the winter months. Symptoms include redness, chapped dry skin, hot burning, and/or swelling.
There are several measures people can take in order to lower their chances of getting windburn.
"The true prevention would be really covering up your skin with either a hat, gloves, a ski mask, [and] goggles to protect the skin around the eyes, which is very sensitive," said Vandana Nanda, a Dermatologist.
Applying moisturizers before going outside can also reduce the risk of getting windburn.
"You can protect yourself by applying a moisture barrier like Vaseline, better yet is a sunscreen that is kind of lubricating and oily and thick," said Nanda.
Health officials add that you should wear sunscreen year round to protect yourself from the sun's rays.