You drink before heading out in the cold
Heading to happy hour? You might be putting yourself at risk of frostbite. Why? One of your body’s natural responses to cold weather is to constrict blood vessels, but alcohol can dilate them. This causes your body to lose heat faster, which can make your skin freeze quicker.
You don’t wiggle your fingers and toes
Frostbite most often appears on fingers, toes, hands, and feet. Since your blood rushes to keep your vital organs warm, your extremities are left with little internal heat. Move those digits to keep the blood flowing.
You wear gloves and not mittens
Mittens actually keep your hands warmer than gloves, since your fingers have skin-to-skin contact and can share body heat. Also avoid wearing anything made of cotton, which absorbs moisture and can make your hands even colder.