Rosy Cheeks? Winter running skin tips | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC

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There are definitely some benefits to running during the winter months – no overheating, keeps you off the dreadmill, bragging rights.  You get the idea.  But…running outside in the winter can really wreck havoc on your skin. Here are a few tips to keep your rosy cheeks from turning into winter skin issues.

  • It’s easy for your skin to get dry in the winter.  Cold air has less moisture than warm air.  You won’t feel thirsty but make no mistake, you are still sweating and losing moisture.  Make sure you are hydrating well before, during and after your runs.  Use of a moisturizer may also  be beneficial.  Some people swear by a bit of Vaseline on exposed areas.
  • Keep your face (and neck and hands) covered as much as possible when the wind chills really dip.  Frostbite is possible once the temps drop below 32 degrees, but staying covered up and dry can reduce your risk.  Socks that wick moisture from your feet and gloves that keep your hands dry will help.  So will hats and a scarf or buff to cover your nose and mouth.  Don’t blow into your gloves – that will actually make you colder because your hands will become damp.
  • Don’t skimp on the sunscreen.  Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out.  You already know how important it is to wear a sunscreen with at least 15 SPF during the summer, but you should also lather up in the winter if you are running during the day.  It’s very possible to get a nasty burn on a winter day, especially when the sun is reflecting up off of the snow.  Spread sunscreen on any exposed areas.
  • This about your showering habits.  In the winter, only use soap on areas that really need it.  As my Mom used to say – take the PTA bath (Google it). If you are a guy, I’m sure there is a male equivalent 🙂  The rest of your body can get away with water only or if you must, use a moisturizing body wash.  Soap will only dry you out further.
  • Don’t forget your lips!  Chapstick is probably my favorite beauty product this time of year.

Do you have any other tips to keep your skin happy during the winter?

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