Pittsfield, Massachusetts (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
Much of North America has been experiencing some of the lowest temperatures and wind chill dangers in years. Cold weather and strong winds can play havoc with a rosacea or sensitive skin condition. “Everyone should pay attention to skin care advisories,” says William Perry, founder and president of the Rosacea Care Company, “but people with sensitive skin or skin disorders like rosacea must be particularly vigilant.”
According to the National Rosacea Society, there are 16,000,000 people in the United States alone who have rosacea, a condition characterized by facial redness, often accompanied by pimples and visible blood vessels. Rosacea Care offers straightforward strategies for maintaining healthy skin when the ‘weather outside is frightful!"
Make moisturizing a must. The cold air of winter is also dry air, and dry air leads to irritation, especially if combined with the drying effects of wind. To combat this, apply a rich, creamy moisturizer to damp skin both morning and night. Using moisturizer plus a facial oil like jojoba oil will help the skin to better retain its moisture.
Get a humidifier. It’s freezing outdoors and cozy indoors, but the radiators and heating systems are also taking moisture out of the air and drying your skin. Buy one or more humidifiers, or at the very least, hang wet towels near the radiators. Steam from your kettle also adds moisture to a room.
Always apply sunscreen. Regardless of the cold temperature, a bright winter sun can bombard your skin with damaging ultraviolet rays, a known rosacea trigger. And reflection from ground snow and ice can increase the intensity. Before going out, generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20.
Cover your face and ears. Windburn is so much a part of bitter winter weather that while you may be putting on several layers of sweaters and jackets to go outdoors, you must also protect your face with fabric: a scarf, a ski mask or knitted balaclava. Pull a wooly cap down over your ears as they must also be safeguarded.
Protect your lips. Even if your face is covered, it’s likely that your lips won’t be. Be sure to apply lip balm with an SPF of 15 or more.
Make your shower short. Nothing feels better than a long hot shower in the morning or when you come in from the cold. But this is actually being destructive to your skin because it can strip away the natural oils that hold in moisture. Use lukewarm water and limit your bathing to five minutes. Pat your skin dry.
Don’t Go for the Cold. Limit the time you spend outside when temperatures drop into single digits. Apart from the damage and irritation that winter weather can cause to persons with rosacea and sensitive skin, there is always lurking that ultimate danger -- frostbite. At zero degrees with a 15 mph wind, exposed skin can freeze in 30 minutes.
Rosacea Care Company offers a range of products recommended for use in cold weather, including: Vita-Oil to soothe dry skin on cold winter mornings or to mix with Willowherb Moisturizer for deeper moisturizing; H/E Lip Balm with SPF 15; All Natural Sunscreen “30” for skiing, shoveling or working outside; Calming Lotion to relieve facial redness or burning; Willowherb Serum and Sea Buckthorn Night Cream to heal and nourish as you sleep; and Strontium Soothing Spray for stinging or irritation when you come in from the cold and wind.
Perry says, “Our company is located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, so we live with some really cold conditions ourselves. Ultimately, dealing with the cold and wind of winter involves common sense -- and recognizing that sensitive skin is an unwelcome target that must be protected. But remember, with each passing day, spring is a little closer.”
Rosacea Care offers the world’s most comprehensive line of professional skin care products for the treatment of rosacea and sensitive skin. Each of the Rosacea Care products has been exclusively designed and developed by leading dermatologists and research laboratories to provide a helpful and supportive response to these skin conditions. The family-owned company, founded in 2000, is based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rosacea Care has customers in 80 countries.