Insanely Cold Temperature Are Literally Freezing People’s Eyelashes

Throughout the country, individuals are dealing with the harshest weather we have actually seen in decades, with temperatures plunging to shocking, life-threatening numbers, like -45 degrees Fahrenheit and even worse in parts of the Midwest. Not just is the weather actually colder in Chicago than in Antarctica right now, however the outcomes of stepping outside for a few mins to shovel snow or stroll the pet resemble something out of a movie. It’s so icy that people’s eyelashes are cold.

Individuals on social networks are publishing commentary and also images of themselves developing into Elsa from Frozen just by dealing with their lives in a polar vortex. While it does look sort of amazing, it must go without saying that you actually shouldn’t try it just for the ‘gram, given that this polar vortex shit threatens. (And also honestly, Kylie Jenner will probably turn frozen lashes into a thing for Kylie Cosmetics before that IRL lashes also thaw anyway. So perhaps simply wait for that?).

“Depending on how cold it is, you can feel them freeze right away,” says Ashley Sullivan of Duluth, Minnesota. “It doesn’t hurt and doesn’t affect your eyesight, but by the end of a hike, you get the pretty frost. The aftermath isn’t so pretty as the ice melts and mascara runs down your face. But it’s like Mother Nature’s art on while you’re outside, if you think about it. It’s like you’re your own snowflake with the frost vibrating to your own energy.”

“I was just out there with my dog and we weren’t going to be out for long, but I made sure to bundle up anyway,” says Isabella Raymundo of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. “All I remember is watching my dog sniff around, blinking, and then all of a sudden I noticed little icicles hanging off of my lashes. It was like they came out of nowhere!”

“Friends, it was COLD. Cold like I’ve never felt,” wrote Cynthia Wheeler, who went outside for a jog in Chicago. “I felt like I was in the movie Day After Tomorrow. I will tell you, I wasn’t the only runner out there.”

“It felt like my eyes were going to freeze together,” says Liz Stangel of Green Bay, Wisconsin. “I had my face completely in my scarf, but the moisture from me breathing kept blowing up into my eyes. The longer I was out, the more I was worried my eyes would stick together.”

As for why this phenomenon happens, we asked New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner to discuss. “If it is chilly sufficient, water will freeze, whether it’s on the ground or on your body,” he states. “Generally speaking, our body temperature prevents water on our skin from freezing, which is why your water-based moisturizers don’t freeze on your skin. However, when it comes to hair and eyelashes, if there is water on them and they are not warmed by direct contact with our bodies, they can freeze.”

Stay warm and well moisturized out there, people. It’s cold.

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