How to Protect Your Face From Cold Weather

Generally speaking, pain doesn’t like cold weather – everything tends to hurt more which means I need to find ways to stay warm. It’s easy to cover up with coats, hats, gloves, and warm socks, but what about my face? It’s open to the elements. Whether you live with or without facial pain, nobody can like their face being freezing cold to the point of numbness. How can you protect your face from cold weather?

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How to protect your face from cold weather.

I Need to Protect My Face From the Cold Because of My Trigeminal Neuralgia

I hardly venture outside during the colder months of the year. The thought of burrowing under my duvet sounds more than appealing. But, occasionally, I do need to go out. And when I go out, I need to be prepared for the cold weather otherwise my pain will complain. My back hates the cold. My Raynaud’s detests it. But my trigeminal neuralgia absolutely loathes it.

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How to Protect Your Face From Cold Weather

I have a box in the bottom of my wardrobe full of my winter hats, snoods balaclavas and scarves. Wool scarves, fleece scarves, infinity scarves…you can’t have too many, can you?

Scarves are good for protecting the face from the cold but there are so many other options. Here are a few ideas which could protect your face from the cold.

Red fleece balaclava and hand warmer heat pads. Stay warm in the winter and protect your face from the cold


I like a soft fleece balaclava. It might look as though I am about to rob a bank, but I am beyond worrying about what people think. I need to do what I can to protect my face from cold weather. (I do try to wear any colour apart from black to get rid of the bank robber look!)


Snoods and hats are also a great combination, but make sure the snood is long enough to pull up over your face. Some are short and designed to be worn on the neck only.

Trapper Hat with Face Mask

Trapper hats (or bomber hats) with a detachable face mask are the ultimate face protectors if you need to venture out in freezing conditions. They’re normally fur or fleece-lined and keep you exceptionally warm.

Ski or Bikers Mask

Another option a lot of people go for is a ski or biker’s mask. They’re really lightweight, designed to be worn under a helmet. They’d be good on their own to protect your face from a cold breeze. In extremely freezing weather, wearing it underneath a balaclava would give an extra layer of protection. They’re also good to wear under a trapper hat if you find that the fur lining irritates your skin.

Tip to Stop Glasses Steaming Up

Very often people’s glasses steam up when wearing snoods or masks. To prevent this, try rubbing your glasses with washing up liquid before going out. Rub it on, then polish it off with a soft cloth.

Staying warm in the winter. Picture of a woman pulling a white woollen hat down over her face.

What Can Protect the Face Without Touching it?

Some people with trigeminal neuralgia can’t actually wear a balaclava or snood because anything touching their skin can be a trigger. So what can they do if they can’t bear to wear some kind of face-covering while they’re outside in cold weather? They still need to try to protect their face from the cold.

A loosely draped infinity scarf might help a bit, but a cold wind will still get in. Perhaps a dome-shaped umbrella could help. I remember having one of those when I was about ten years old. Like everything from that era, they’ve come back in fashion. I love them. They cover your head and shoulders and you can still see where you’re going.

I love the splash of colour on the trims but there are some dome umbrellas with gorgeous designs. I think my favourite is this one with a zebra.

Protect Your Face From the Cold Using Hand Warmers

I don’t leave home in the winter without hand warmers.

I have Raynauds, therefore I often suffer from painfully cold hands, so hand warmers are extremely helpful. But they aren’t just good for heating up cold hands but I also use them for my face.

There are so many choices of hand warmers and heat pads.

It's getting chilly, time to protect your face from the cold. Picture of frost covered red berries hanging from a tree.

Hothands Hand Warmers

Hothands are fantastic. I’ve been using these for years. The pack says the heat lasts for up to ten hours. I have actually had them stay warm for about twelve hours. They are not reusable, but they are perfect to use when you are away from home.
They are air-activated, so when you take them out of the packaging, they will start to warm up. If you shake it a little bit, it will speed up the heating process. At first, you might think they don’t get very hot, but give them time. They do.

The company also makes foot warmers and body warmers.

Gel-filled Hand Warmers

Gel-filled hand warmers have a button inside which you click to activate. Once activated, the gel turns hard and they stay hot for approximately ninety minutes.

They are reusable. To reactivate, put them in a pan with simmering water until they return to their liquid form.

Rechargeable Electric Hand Warmers

These normally offer different temperature controls and can be battery operated or can be charged via a USB.

Hot Tip – Make a Hand Warmer Pouch to Attach to Your Balaclava or Snood

I made a small pouch for my hand warmers. Sometimes they become too hot to hold directly onto the face. I don’t like the cold, but I also don’t want to burn my face.

If you make a pouch for them, you can attach it onto the snood or balaclava using Velcro (also known as hook and loop). I sewed my Velcro on to my hand warmer pouch and balaclava, but you can also get self-adhesive Velcro which will make it even easier.

Red balaclava and hand warmers to protect your face from cold weather.

This pic shows the pouch I made.

To make the pouch, I used the end of a sleeve from an old top which I was throwing out. Using that meant I only needed to sew the bottom seam. (Fabric glue could be used)

I then put two pieces of velcro onto the pouch and two onto the balaclava. Once the pouch is stuck on with velcro, you can place your hand warmer inside and you’ll get that lovely heat against your face and nobody else will know it’s there.

You can put velcro onto other hats, balaclavas or snoods and use the same pouch.

I hope this post gives you some ideas about keeping your face warm in cold winter weather. Please share it on your social media pages.
Does wintry weather affect you? Do you have other ideas to help cope with the cold weather. Please let me know in the comments below.

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18 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Face From Cold Weather

  1. I struggle (a lot, I’m always moaning about it ?) with the cold, and I feel it even when others seem to be getting away with one layer and I’m bundled up in 4. I have Raynaud’s as well and swear by thermal gloves. I have those Hothand hand warmers too, still got a pack from last year that I’ve not opened yet, hope they still work! I didn’t know they did foot & body warmers, I’ll have to look into those. I oddly find my ears get incredibly painful, especially the cartilage, so hats are good but a balaclava would be so useful, especially for those with general face pain. Gosh, I moan so much about being cold and struggling more with pain when it’s chilly, so I can only imagine what it’s like with TN. Gives me some perspective..! Brilliant tips, Liz xxxx

    1. We sound very alike. I think I should have been born in a warmer climate. I just counted and I am wearing five layers!! FIVE!! And it’s still October and I am in the house with the central heating switched on.

  2. I am always cold, no matter what I do. I find this especially true when I am sitting down and working, so I purchased a heated throw for my office because there is nothing worse for me than being cold. I can’t be productive unless I am comfortable, and cold definitely doesn’t qualify as comfortable. Lol. The hand warmers you mentioned above are something I keep stashed pretty much everywhere, and I have foot ones too. They are great for my purse, in the car, in my blackout box, and more. I also stick one in my bra when it is exceptionally cold, because it will warm up my core as well as my hands and feet. It seems like I can tolerate the cold overall better if I have to be outside when I put one in my bra to be right in the center of my body.

    1. Oh, a heated throw…I think I need one of those. The hand warmers are so good and convenient too. I’m like you, they’re scattered around the house, in the car and in my bag. They’re so useful.

  3. Wow! You have really covered all the bases. And dome umbrellas – what a great idea for helping shield your face without having something touch it. Excellent! I appreciate the ideas for hands. Mine are always cold. I’m going to get some gel warmers. Are there any you recommend to slip in a glove?

    1. Gina, those Hothands hand warmers I have shown in this post would be ideal for fitting inside gloves. They’re small, so not bulky. They’re filled with a powder which doesn’t change apart from heating up. That means your movement isn’t restricted at all.

  4. When I lived in Wisconsin, hand warmers were a must when we were hunting. We would spend all day outside and that those little things made the cold weather manageable. Also, face masks were also a must because of the cold wind.

  5. Those hot hands hand warmers are the real deal! I have used those skiing before and they work really well. The Balaclava is perfect to cover your face. I’ve seen these before but didn’t know the correct name. I’ve also used a ski mask though those tend to be tight on the skin or just a loosely draped scarf. I’m in the Northeast so we do see our fair share of cold weather.

    1. They are lifesavers in the cold, aren’t they?

      I think ‘balaclava’ is a British term. They were worn (knitted versions) by soldiers during the Crimean War and named after the port of Balaclava in the Crimea.

  6. Kelly Martin

    These are great ideas for keeping your face warm during the winter. I haven’t heard of snoods before so I’ll have to check them out.

  7. Sonia Seivwright

    These are really good tips. I normally just wrap a scarf around my face. Struggling to breathe. So Thank you for the tips.

  8. I too am always cold; right now I’m thinking I need to go get an extra blanket to wrap around me at the computer and it’s only October. I didn’t realize that there were reusable hand warmers. I’ll be picking some of these up for winter in general and for ski season. Thanks for the hot tip to add hand warmers to a balaclava. I wouldn’t have thought of that but it is ingenious!

  9. I have always loved the cold weather here in India although it’s not too cold here in the city where I currently stay. But even then the face needs to be protected at all times. Great solutions.

  10. I’m a person who feels so much cold, others might be in 1-2 layers and I’m in 4 but still cold, can’t even imagine that on top of the cold feeling how I could even manage feeling pain! your ideas for keeping warm are great! I will share this for others who might need this too and don’t have ideas of how to manage the trigelmia neuralgia during winter. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Happy to know that are a lot of options on how to protect our face from the cold. I am from a tropical country so I am not really familiar yet we’re spending Christmas in the US this year so, this is really something that is good to know.

  12. Lyosha Varezhkina

    Great tips! I have issues with my face freezing because 1) I live in a cold climate 2) I once had my nose bit seriously with cold. Your tips are awesome!

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