The wind can literally suck the moisture out of your skin. And if it's a sunny day as well, it's easy to get wind burned. Imagine a fan forced oven crisping up the roast. It's a bit like that, the sun heats up and 'toasts' the skin and the wind dries the skin resulting in a skin that feels parched, tight, rough, and sometimes stinging & sore, and the surface of the skin looks all crackly.
During windy days it's important to protect your skin from over drying because if it's left untreated it can lead to skin barrier breakdown, severe dryness and dehydration. Untrated dehydration leads to premature ageing, wrinkling, and even skin sensitivities. Dehydration means loss of moisture (water) and it can occur in dry skin as well as oily skin types.
In a dried out skin the lack of moisture levels impact on skin function and regeneration, slowing down cellular repair and turnover. The skins natural exfoliation process is impaired which results in a build up of dead cell layers. In a way it's like the skin is trying to protect itself from excessive moisture loss. This can make the skin look dull and sallow and if left untreated can lead to other problems such as blackheads and milia.
Next, use a gentle, creamy or enzyme-based exfoliant to slough off dry dead cells and smooth the skin. Your mask will be able to moisturise deeper if you exfoliate beforehand.
Apply a mask formulated for a dehydrated or sensitive skin. Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, in low molecular weight for deep hydration and high molecular weigh for surface relief . Leave on for 10-15 minutes ( some you can leave on overnight). This will restore your skin's hydration levels, plumping and softening your skin and reinforcing the skin barrier.
After washing off the mask, apply a hydrating moisturizer. During windy days look for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and ceramides and essenial fatty acids to lock the moisture in.
A lipid (or oil) dry skin needs essential fatty acids and ceramides to restore the barriew and make the skin feel more comfortable. Choose serums and creams rich in omega 3, 6, 9 essential fatty acids and ceramides that will create a barrier on the surface to help prevent moisture loss in a drying environment. You can enrich your moisturising cream with an oil based serum, add a drop of the precious lipid elixir to your moisturizer, mix through before applying to the skin. Look for jojoba oil, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil, or grapeseed oil. Any of these are terrific for repairing the skin barrier.
If your skin barrier is broken down, you will need to support the skin form the inside as well. Eating more oily fish can help repair the barrier from the inside. Flax seed oil is also very rich in essential fatty acids which are just fantastic for dry skin.
Lastly, don't forget to protect your skin from the sun whenever oputdoors. Windy, dry, and hot sunny days can really impact on skin moisture levels but can also contribute to premature ageing and sun damage. During sunny and windy days it is important to use a sunscreen and opt for sunscreens that have added moisturisers such as Aloe Vear and antioxidants such as Vitamin E to protect the skin.
So when the wind picks up, your skin does not have to look like a crocodile skin. Adjust your skin care to keep it moisturized, hydrated and protected and if you need advice, have a professional beauty therapist look at your skin. Even better, book yourself in for a lovely, relaxing hydrating facial for a real boost that will make your skin glow!