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Time and again we have been told by scientists that extreme weather conditions have a severe impact on us. Temperatures outside our norm cause cheilitis (chapped lips) and sore red patches daily. When it's freezing, the humidity in the atmosphere drops. The lack of moisture compounded by the wind blows moisture away from the skin which affects skin dryness. For older people, all these signs become more severe. We have compiled some effects of cold weather on your skin and effective solutions to help you during this cold season.
Below the norm temperatures create the perfect condition for dry skin. It appears to be more dull and scabrous. Also, the skin fine lines may become more vivid. It also happens that your usual moisturizer isn't helping with the dilemma because of the moisture evaporating more rapidly from your skin.
During winter the sun's heat is not felt, but it can still damage your skin. In a clear, cold and sunny winter, you are more exposed to harmful UV radiation emitted by the sun. If you live in a snowy area, it makes matters worse because harmful UV rays reflect on reaching the ground. UV light causes sunburns and skin tanning. Severe effects can be premature aging of your skin and even skin cancer.
Redness and Skin Irritation
Winter's cold can leave you with red cheeks which appear mild and harmless but for some people, it can cause more severe conditions. Rosacea is something that’s a common skin disease among too many people today. It’s when the skin around the nasal area and chin become severely red and irritated and can be elevated during winter, slowly spreading beyond the nose to the forehead and chin. It can also spread to the chest, ears, and even the back all the time. Another skin condition is eczema which is patches of skin become inflamed and rough with blisters which cause itching which results from skin irritation which can be cold temperatures.
If you're one of those poor souls who were born with super pale skin then you probably know how it is more vivid during the winter. This is due to lack of sun rays which results in less moisture. Therefore, there is a level of deterioration in the top layer of your pale skin. Dehydration from the cold air makes the skin even more dull and pale.
Wintertime brings us cold, rough winds that irritate our sometimes-sensitive skin on our skin especially face and hands this leads to extra dead skin cells that clog up in your pores, causing acne. If you ask any skin expert such as a nutritionist or dermatologist, they’ll all tell you how Winter is the harshest season for acne, no matter your skin type.
It is quite frustrating to live with chapped lips. During winter, lips get exposed to harsh conditions which cause the lips to become chapped and cracked most of the time due to lack of moisture in the environment; they may peel or even look crusty. Chapped lips are unappealing and extremely irritating.