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Kiehl's All-Sport Non-Freeze Face Protector review

Bellissima! Kiehl's All-Sport Non-Freeze Face Protector

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?

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Chicago2700 Chicago2700 7 years
Do you think this would work well while running outdoors? I have been doing a lot of training outside this winter (in Chicago actually) and my poor face has had it! Do you think it would be too heavy for a 45-60 minute run outdoors?
andiself andiself 8 years
I just moved to Chicago and I started putting Aquaphor on my face. It's a miracle lotion. I use it for cuticles, lips and feet.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
They shouldve used this at the Packers Giants game Sunday. I heard they just used vasaline.
htiduj htiduj 8 years
this product sounds amazing!! i hate it when the wind is so strong and its below 0 degrees (or in the single digits) and i have to be outside. if this really helps protect from windburn and that horrible cold burn, id definitely try it. its much better than wearing 5 scarves and trying to peek out between them!!!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Sounds like it could be useful occasionally - particularly when the bf wants to go hiking in the miserable wind and cold and rain... but in the winter I try to stay cozily inside and away from all sources of cold!
andiealex andiealex 8 years
I wish, wish, wish I had this balm with me when I went to NYC, Chicago and Philly in the beginning of Dec. After 4 days in Chicago, the tip of my nose was red, chapped and peeling. I saw my guy in Philly and he said it was cute! It was definitely uncomfortable to have my nose peeling so badly.
heineken67 heineken67 8 years
This would have been so great when I used to ski all the time. Vaseline was the protector of choice then, and was not kind to the complexion.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 8 years
I can't help but wonder if this would clog your pores.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yep, Chicago was really rough this past Sunday. Just brutal. Only Lula could lure me outside... Anyway, yes, I think if you are a skier or a snowboarder, this product will come in handy. Let me know how it works for you!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Wonderful!! I'm going snowboarding next month, and this sounds perfect and not too pricey. Thanks!
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 8 years
Reading this, I'm thankful that I live in sunny Southern California! :)
Professorluv Professorluv 8 years
Sounds pretty cool....Thank good I live in Texas
FB1977 FB1977 8 years
Oh yeah of all Sundays to arrive here in Chicago! I couldn't even leave the house cos I was afraid I'd blow away. I'll have to check out Lula though. I'll definitely be trying this face protector.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Oh no, this was a horrible weekend to be here in Chicago Bella! Glad you liked Lula though--brunch is amazing there. I love the neighborhood too. :)
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
Ahhhhh one of the very few reasons I am happy to be living in the South now and not the frigid Midwest!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great for skiing...
emalove emalove 8 years
I'd use this if I was planning on spending time outside in the cold this winter...sounds like it would work well.
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