The cold temps and icy conditions that come with winter training call for adjustments in your running routine—and your skincare regimen. Even if you’re up for bounding through the snowy streets, your skin may be less game. Cracking, itching, peeling and even bleeding are a few common issues that come from exposing your epidermis to the elements—and they all trace to one root cause: dryness.
“Because there is loss of moisture to the exposed areas of the skin during the winter months, the skin chaps and chafes,” says Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., of Lorenc SkinFit MediSpa in New York City. But getting glowing skin and running your regular 5-mile loop don’t have to be mutually exclusive.When it comes to dry skin on your face, hands and feet, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.