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I always use sun screen but on cool/cold windy days can still develop a case of windburn.
Ask any Alaskan boater or skier and they can all tell you about windburn. Most I know coat their face with vaseline or some other protective cream in the winter, which I did too when I used to winter bike or cross country ski.
If you didn't wear sunscreen though, it's more likely that you were sunburned, even if it didn't appear pink.

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6/9/14 10:32 A

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One of the things with wind (including your own movement through the air at 15-30 kph) is that it moves any heat away from the skin.

So you aren't getting the normal cue of heat buildup in the skin that you might be exposed to the sun (which might prompt you to move into some shade or put on sunscreen), but of course you are still getting all the UV exposure.

Definitely apply sunscreen if you are going to ride for an hour in summer. And perhaps think about a helmet with a vizor or a cycling cap to provide some shade for your face.


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6/9/14 9:40 A

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From my reading, windburn seems to be a somewhat contentious subject amongst cyclists: some claim that it doesn't exist.

I'm on the fence, but I'd sure like to know what has happened to my face and prevent it in the future if possible! This has now happened to me twice in the last month. I had assumed it was a touch of sun, but hubby insists that it is windburn.

My face isn't red, but it does feel tight and tingly (as if I have a mild sunburn). When I started my 20k ride yesterday, the UV index was low, but it had climbed to moderate by the time I completed my loop. I was not wearing sunscreen. My speeds ranged from 15kph to 30kph, so I wasn't going "fast" by any stretch of the imagination. There was a bit of wind, but nothing particularly strong or bothersome.

What do you think? Could it be wind burn? If so, how do I combat it?

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