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Protecting frostbitten cheeks

post #1 of 16
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A friend who got frostbite next to her nose in the early 1970s used a product called Weather to protect her cheeks thereafter. I think it was a Bonne Belle product, but I don't find it in that company's list of products. I don't think my friend has skied in years. I have another friend who got a serious frostbite on a cheek last season. I've been trying to find him something other than a facemask to ski with on cold days. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 16
In the past I've had frost bit on my cheeks and on my nose. I started using Dermatone - a Swedish product, it seems to help. It's also SPF 23 or 30, depending on which one you get.
post #3 of 16
I know this is dumb and it won't really help but...I know a gentleman that was in the army reserves as a jumper or something and he said when they trained and would skydive in the winter they would cover their faces with vaseline to keep from getting frostbite.
post #4 of 16
I got frostbite in the Russian arctic in 1996. I use either dermatone (paste, not the regular gel) or vaseline as protectorant. both work about the same. another trick, learned from my russian friends who didn't get frostbitten, is a shot of vodka. it keeps the capilaries dialated. bad if you're in danger of freezing to death, but good to keep the extremeties full of warm blood.
post #5 of 16

skin protection

Swimmers who are doing very long distance events in cold water, like swimming the english channel, usually put some kind of heavy greasy substance all over to both help maintain body heat and protect skin. Vaseline is okay, but remember its petroleum based...not so good environmentally, etc. Lanolin based products, shea butter might be better, more organic options, IMHO.
post #6 of 16
Bag Balm from the garin and feed store works as well as Dermatome at protecting exposed flesh from freezing. I typically cover exposed flesh on really cold and windy days with a face mask and goggles and can never remember a day too cold to ski even in Canada.
post #7 of 16

spf?

We always have a tin of bag balm in the house, but while emollient, it has no spf for uv protection.
post #8 of 16
damn id hate to get vaseline all over my goggles. Sounds like it would work though
i usually use a bit of skin moistureizer (sp), once or twice a day worked fine, and if its that cold ill dawn the neck gator
post #9 of 16
So THAT'S what Bag Balm is for! I see it in the supermarket in the US all the time, and puzzle over it. I know back home, you put thick greasy stuff on the cows' teats so they won't crack, but couldn't work out why they'd be selling it in a supermarket in the USA (it's not as though the average american has a cow out the back).
post #10 of 16

read the bag balm tin

I've always gotten a chuckle reading the instructions on the tin while applying it to my lips.
post #11 of 16

I have some friends that have a small company in Avon, CO that make a face mask that attaches to goggles.  It protects your cheek and nose from frost bite, while staying breathable and dry.  Half the Beaver Creek Patrol use this product:  www.2Bmask.com

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post #15 of 16

Hey guys, Derek here from 2B mask.  Just wanted to share with you our new facemask that addresses some of the problems with face protection for more info check out 2bmask.com.  Also thanks to sibhusky for showing us the proper way to expose our products.  FYI, we are having great early season conditions in Colorado.  Vail is pretty much setup, and the Beav is not far behind.

2B mask

post #16 of 16

I am a big fan of Eucerin Aquaphor. It doesn't have any sun protection so I use it over sunscreen. It works well and doesn't leave greasy feel like Dermatone.

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