Feeling chilled to the bone even with gloves on is not such a nice feeling. And it gets worse if we have to work in extreme weather while not feeling nearly warm enough. We cannot control outdoor temperatures, that’s for sure, but we can make some efforts to protect our hands from the cold.
Here’re several recommended methods on how to keep your fingers warm in gloves. Read on!
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How Do I Keep My Fingers Warm in Gloves?
1. Warm your hands up before wearing gloves
Before using any glove or warmer, you should ensure good blood circulation for your hands, since with poor circulation, we are likely to feel numbness, coldness, and muscle cramps in cold weather. Try the following tips:
- Rinse your hands under warm running water for several minutes. Make sure to dry them thoroughly with a soft towel before wearing the gloves.
- Warm your hands by inserting them under your armpits.
- Do you know jumping jacks also help warm up your fingers? Do about 15 of them.
2. Keep hands warm with glove liners
Layering is the secret to keeping fingers warm in low temperatures. That’s why we should choose a suitable glove liner to wear under our work gloves. Here’re some suggestions to help you pick a good glove liner material:
- Merino wool should be an ideal pick for a moisture-wicking, odor-free, dry, and warm glove liner. It does not make your skin feel itchy or irritated despite long-hour wear.
- Furthermore, the premium material feels soft against the skin for extra comfort. Due to its texture, the wool can keep hands warm by regulating our natural heat, thus providing good breathability in the process.
- Silk glove liners are another good choice when it comes to their insulating properties. If your skin is sensitive, wearing this type of glove should ensure a nice and comfortable feel throughout the day.
- The silk material is pretty good at absorbing sweat to make sure your hands are dry. Furthermore, silk gloves are thin enough that they will not compromise your dexterity. However, silk is not a durable material.
- Synthetic fabrics are affordable options for making warm glove liners. Many premium synthetic products are equally as good as wool and silk pairs at keeping our hands from freezing in cold weather.
- Also, synthetic pairs can resist moisture well, which is a good feature that many value while working outdoors under the snow or light rain.
Besides materials, there are several other things we can consider when choosing the right glove liner:
- Touch-screen compatibility fingertips
- Stretchy glove cuffs and a good fit
- Slip-resistant palm patterns
3. Use disposable chemical hand warmers inside gloves
Another method that you can apply to keep fingertips warm in gloves is using chemical hand warmers. Here’s how you use these pieces.
- Step 1: Carefully take the pad out
Use your scissors and not your mouth to tear the pad package. Be careful not to cut or poke the pad to avoid leaking its content.
- Step 2: Activate it
Shake the pad for several minutes for the chemicals to interact and activate the heat warmer. Please know that a hand warmer is good for four to eight hours, depending on the type of chemicals inside.
- Step 3: Insert the pad
Put the glove liner on first, then put the heat pad inside. After that, wear your work gloves over the heat pad.
Many prefer putting these warmers directly on their palm. But I recommend putting a thin liner in between your skin and the pad to avoid excess heat when the piece gets too hot.
Also, please know the chemicals included inside the product are toxic, and we must avoid digesting or directly touching the inner content.
4. Use battery-operated hand warmer gloves
Outdoor workers might have to rely on these gloves to keep fingers warm while handling their tasks. These pairs come with a heat source generated from batteries, often lithium-ion.
Most of these products can generate heat to warm the back of our hands to our fingertips. Here’re some things you might want to note down when buying these products:
- Pick a pair with a longer cuff than standard gloves to keep cold wind or snow from entering.
- Nylon or polyester gloves are common materials for heated gloves. Also, it is better to pick a rather thin and flexible pair to ensure freedom of movement.
- It is recommended to choose a pair with windproof and water-resistant properties to work in extreme weather.
- The touch-screen compatibility is also a notable function to look out for, so you can look for a piece with a conductive fabric on the index finger.
- Pay attention to the battery types and the battery life to always be well-prepared.
Gloves with batteries are not only for outdoor tasks. If you can find a thin and flexible pair of fingertip warmers, it would be perfect to wear while typing.
The winter weather has become more intolerable through the years, especially when climate change is happening. Or, it might be unpleasant because where you live, the winter is already unforgiving with wind and snow. Hopefully, you can make good use of the mentioned methods on how to keep your fingers warm in gloves.
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This is Edward Manning, the editor in chief of Construction Informer. Quite a bit of my time is spent researching the market and interviewing experts in the field so that I can give you reliable information.