How To Keep Your Nose Warm When Running

Keeping up a running habit in and of itself is hard, but it's made even trickier by nasty cold weather and icy roads. When temperatures drop down, you'll definitely want to know how to keep your nose warm when running to avoid that miserable chapped feeling! Luckily, it's easier than you think with to a few smart purchases.

I was totally spoiled when I trained for my first half marathon in tropical Tokushima, Japan. It was spring and the sun was out, the monkeys were making noises (I kid you not, my town had straight up wild monkeys everywhere), and the temperature was that perfect balance between warm and breezy.

Fast forward to just under a year later and I found myself in Manhattan trudging through ice to knock out my miles in preparation for another half. In short, it sucked. I didn't realize just how much I'd have to overhaul my running wardrobe to stay warm and had no clue how to stop my nose from getting chapped in the cold.

Fortunately, I'm a little wiser this winter and have since learned exactly what to do to keep my nose warm even if the weather is freezing. Nothing is worse than a painful, runny nose, so make sure you're prepared before you step out the door! Here's what you'll need:

1. Face Mask/Balaclava

Neoprene Fleece Face Mask, $19, Komperdell

You might feel like you look a little silly, but you'll definitely stay warm!

2. Scarf

Polartech Fleece Scarf, $28, WendyEdwardsDesigns

Sometimes, all you need is a light scarf wrapped around a few times to protect your nose and warm your breath.

3. Neck Warmer

MicroFleece Neck Warmer, $11, Amazon

If you think a scarf is going to flop around too much, a neck warmer is another great option that will stay in place better.

4. Vaseline

Vaseline, $2, Amazon

In extreme cold, coat your nose in vaseline before a run to prevent chapping and create a shield.

5. Nose Warmer

Nose Warmer, $9, MelPDesigns

If you're just going for a short and light jog, an adorable nose warmer is the perfect choice!

6. Steam Facial

Immediately after running, head inside and give your nose a blast of moisture with Audrey Hepburn's steam facial.

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