Many people who are attracted to the outdoor activities or riding motorcycles are surprised when they realize they have become a victim of windburn. Thinking that they are safe from the sun as it is cloudy, cold and no longer in the middle of summer, they do not take the same steps needed as when they go into the sun.
The cause of windburn is primarily due to the removal of essential oils called lipids, which normally help to protect your skin from UV rays. When the wind is strong it removes these oils, and exposes your skin to harsh conditions. Skin irritation and redness can occur very quickly, especially in conditions where the UV is magnified. Locations such as in the snow fields, or in the water at the beach, can all cause the UV rays to quickly affect the sensitive areas of your skin such as on the cheeks or lips. Remember that even with cloud cover, UV rays can readily penetrate through and affect your skin in cold weather.
To prevent this from occurring, the use of sunscreen is still preferred since it is readily available and consumer are more likely to have some lying around. Some experts recommend replacing the natural oils that is produced by the body with other products. However, research has shown that if the incorrect oil is used, it may even accelerate the rate at which the skin burns. Before going out, try not to shave as shaving will also remove that layer of vital oils around the neck and face.
So what can you do once you have windburn? It is generally recommended to apply some ointment to sooth the skin, such as Aloe Vera or moisturizing jelly. Stay away from oils that can further cause burning to the skin. As …