I flew into Chicago over the weekend to see my best friend, and boy, was I unprepared for the weather. Although it was a sunny Sunday, the frigid temperatures and brutal wind whipped us Devo-style. We trekked from her house to Lula Cafe (which you must visit if you're in Chicago—the food is fantastic). It was only a few blocks' walk, but our faces were raw and red by the time we sat down for brunch.
Rough stuff, but it made me remember a really effective product that's useful on those mean wintery days. Kiehl's All-Sport Non-Freeze Face Protector ($15) isn't a face lotion, it's a wax-based face balm. It has SPF 30, so it shields you from the sun, but the real draw is the way it protects your skin from the wind and cold. The balm essentially creates a barrier between your face and the elements, locking moisture into your skin and keeping the cold air from drying it out. It's especially good for skiers, snowboarders and other people who love winter sports—but it's just as useful for those of us just trying to walk a few blocks in the shizz.
It's definitely not an everyday winter product, because it does leave a slight sheen that probably wouldn't look so hot at work. But it does protect your skin, and if you're going to be stuck outside, you may as well protect your face. If you can deal with a thin layer of product on your skin, this stuff could wind up being your saving grace this winter. It's sold out online, but if you live near a Kiehl's, go in and try it out—you know they're always generous with samples, right?