dealing with dry skin and being active outdoors
December 29, 2013 12:16 PM Subscribe
I like running in the cold, but it’s majorly screwing up my skin and drying out my already dry skin much more than usual. Please help me!
posted by raztaj to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is my first winter as a runner, and I really need some skincare help! I much prefer running when it’s cold outside, because I overheat easily - 20-35 degrees is my optimal running temperature - it doesn’t get much colder than that here. My body likes the cold, but it’s making my skin dry and quite rough in insufferable patches, particularly on my cheeks and sides of my face.
My skin is normally on the dry but acne-prone side, but I've managed it ok thus far - until now. I run first thing in the morning, without anything on my face. I’m outside anywhere from 45-90 minutes, depending on the day. I’m also a sweaty mofo, even in the cold, and often from my face. I’m worried that putting something on my skin will make it harder for my face to cool/sweat, and also make me break out. I always drink plenty of water, so hydration is not the problem.
Is there anything I can do? I’ve given most over-the-counter heavy duty moisturizers a try, to no avail. Is there any special stuff that runners and cold-weather-active people do to protect their skin? Is there something I can do to protect the skin, but still allow it to "breathe?"