The weather this week...well...it's sucked. Big time. There's definitely no question now that winter is here and the -30 wind chills that we experienced on Thursday weren't only brutal, they were dangerous.
Weather like we've had this week takes a huge toll on the body, especially the skin. If you don't protect it, you can suffer from cracking, bleeding, and, in the worst cases, frost bite.
In order to keep your skin protected, the first thing you should always do is keep it covered and keep it dry. Scarves, gloves, and hats make a huge difference. I know that sounds like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people choose not to bundle up, even in bitterly cold temperatures.
You should also avoid taking long, hot showers. I know, I know...in this type of weather, you WANT to take long, hot showers. Possibly multiple times a day! But, unfortunately, taking long, hot showers is counterproductive and will actually help dry out your skin.
Another way to keep your skin protected is by using moisturizers or balm. Balm would be good for putting on as sort of a preemptive strike due to it's thicker nature, whereas moisturizers can help in cases where the skin has already dried out.
Finally, once you're all taken care of, don't forget that your pets are just as susceptible to the cold as you are! Just because they're covered with fur, that doesn't mean they can't get cold and suffer from frostbite and hypothermia.
Stay warm, friends! Remember, the first day of Spring is on March 20th!