A temperature of 65 degrees below zero? That’s possible? It turns out that, yes, it is.
Living in gorgeous, mild-weathered Las Vegas (except for three months out of the year when it’s hot as hell), I had no clue that it was scientifically possible for the temperature in this country to get that cold. But that’s exactly what’s happening right now as the Midwest is caught in the midst of a polar vortex.
A deep freeze like this one can cause frostbite within a few minutes. So the best thing you can do to guard your skin against extreme cold is to stay indoors. But if you absolutely have to go out, here are some ways you can protect your skin in extreme cold weather.
- Cover your entire face. Who cares if it makes you look like a bank robber? It’s freakin’ cold out! Better to look like a thug than to damage your skin with windburn. Seriously. Don’t let your pride get in the way. If you don’t want to look like a red-faced fool, please wear a full face ski mask or a pair of goggles paired with a scarf wrapped around the lower half of your face.
- Wear lip balm and sunscreen. The more your skin is moisturized, the safer it is from weather damage. The Jan Marini skincare line puts out a number of great SPF-infused products to protect your skin from the sun. So slather on your face cream, apply layers of lip balm, and if it’s sunny out, wear sunscreen. Snow reflects sun rays, which means that your risk for skin cancer doubles. So protect yourself and put on some SPF.
- Apply hand lotion before and after going outdoors. Obviously you’ll want to moisturize your hands before you head out the door (and please wear gloves), but once you get to your destination, put on some more. The exposure to the cold will automatically zap your skin of moisture. So slather on the handcream twice.
- Stop taking hot showers. I know. It’s cold out and a hot shower sounds like heaven. But all it will do is aid the cold weather in damaging your skin. A hot shower eliminates your body’s natural oils, which you need to protect yourself from the freezing temperature. Switch to lukewarm showers instead and opt for a moisturizing cleanser.
- Keep moving. Spend as little time as possible in extreme cold. Whether you’re going to your car or a neighbor’s home, just keep your butt moving and do not stop until you get to your destination. One, moving keeps your blood flowing and helps to keep you warm. Two, a determination to get to wherever it is you’re going to means that you’re spending less time outdoors. And you should be inside where it’s warm!