What is windburn?

February 18, 2016

Has the cold weather made your skin feel tight and dry?

Use a healing balm to replenish moisture and apply Aloe Vera to soothe and soften. If you were caught in Storm Imogen over the past few days you may have found that your skin feels sore and extra dry. This is because the combination of the 80mph winds, low humidity and cold temperatures break down the lipids in the top layer of the skin.

It is these lipids that form a moisture barrier on the surface of the skin and protect it from the elements when it gets cold outside. The frosty weather and the friction caused by strong winds can therefore irritate exposed areas, such as the face and hands. In extreme cases the chill can cause redness and discomfort, which is described as windburn.

Many runners (or indeed anyone who likes to exercise outside) can experience windburn. Covering up exposed areas with mittens or headbands can help to reduce the chill as can avoiding exercising on those days when the weather is particularly harsh.

Aloe Vera is useful for reducing discomfort and speeding up the healing process because it contains naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory properties. Use our Aloe Vera shower gel after a workout to cleanse and nourish the skin; it’s mild enough to be used on the face too! Follow up by slathering a touch of Mama’s Everything Body Balm over the entire body to lock-in much-needed moisture.

Shea Mooti Mama's Everything Body Balm

£9.99

This versatile balm is a blend of ethically sourced virgin Shea Butter, infused with Cocoa Butter and nourishing Omega enriched oils which contribute to maintaining a healthy skin.

Shea Mooti Mama's Everything Body Balm

£9.99

This versatile balm is a blend of ethically sourced virgin Shea Butter, infused with Cocoa Butter and nourishing Omega enriched oils which contribute to maintaining a healthy skin.

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