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The wind does what? You'll be blown away by this fact

The wind does what? You'll be blown away by this fact

Why the wind can play wicked tricks on your face — and age your skin

Standing on the beach with the wind in your hair is refreshing. But even if the wind does make you feel fine — it can have the opposite effect, weakening and thus aging skin.

It’s worth getting to know just what the wind can do to your skin, and what you can do about it.

So, what’s blowing in the wind?

Wind slowly breaks down your skin’s moisture-retaining protective “barrier”, called the epidermis­. Often you don’t even feel the dryness creeping in, but the wind dehydrates your skin faster than you’d think.

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What does this lead to?

The skin around your eyes needs extra care on windy days, because of how thin it is — nine times thinner than the rest of your face. The drying effect of harsh winds weakens skin, and can cause fine lines to develop on these thinner parts of your skin, eventually deepening these lines into wrinkles.

Another danger is cooling breezes on sunny days — they trick you into believing that it’s too cool out for sunscreen, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. The sun’s UV rays are in full effect even from behind the clouds, and can damage skin cells. You actually need to apply sunscreen more regularly on windy, sunny days because of the combined effects of both these aggressors.

So how do I fight back?

If you take the right steps, you won’t need to run for cover every time you feel a gust of wind. The trick is to moisturize regularly and use sunscreen. Pay special attention to the skin around your eyes if you want to keep your skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free.

Pay attention to your body’s warning signs — your lips will start feeling dry and chapped in the wind first. That’s an alarm signal for the rest of your face: make sure you’re topped up with moisture and sun protection!

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