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Winters and Facial Redness: Why Does It Happen?

In an ideal world, we’d have the winter-braving genetics of the Starks (and a Targaryen) and winter wouldn’t brutalize our skin. Unfortunately, Westeros and this world are far from ideal, so we have to settle for winter’s skin-debilitating effects. Low humidity, low temperatures, cold winds, and much more are coming to cause chapped lips, dry and flaky skin, and even more.

One of the more annoying and possibly painful effects of the winter weather is facial redness. As always, addressing an effect identifying the cause. Here are some of the common causes of facial redness and how to protect against them.

Cold Winds

Besides being extremely painful, cold winds can strip your skin of natural oils. With those out of the way, a blast of cold wind will dry your skin and give you a painful case of windburn. If your face is red and sensitive to touch, you’ve probably got windburn. The best way to defend against this is to keep your face covered and moisturized. Windburn has similar effects to sunburn, which is the next cause of facial redness.


Despite it being the winters, the sun can still affect your skin. Sunlight can directly hit your skin, which is the quickest route to sunburn. Besides that, sunlight can also be reflected off the ground and snow or pierce the clouds. All of these can cause sunburn, and a symptom of sunburn is reddened skin. Blocking this involves keeping yourself covered and wearing sunscreen.


One of the defining features of the winter months is the low humidity. Since there’s less moisture in the air, your skin, including your face, will dry up quickly. This will cause dryness, flakiness, itchiness, and reddened skin.

Dryness is the main obstacle facing your skin in the winter months. Unlike with windburn and sunburn, keeping yourself covered won’t keep your skin hydrated. Instead, you should be drinking a moderate amount of water every day and complement the hydration with a modified skincare routine. Using thicker and layered moisturizers will keep your skin hydrated for longer periods. Besides that, while at home, you can use a humidifier to reintroduce moisture into the air in your home. However, this is only viable while at home.

However, if these aren’t remedying your winter woes, or you generally want to rejuvenate your face, contact us at Refirm. Our Lumecca IPL Photofacial treatment is designed to smoothen and clear peoples’ skin tone and complexion. To learn more, visit our skincare clinic in Calgary or get in touch with us on our website.