Now that it’s officially cold out, there are a couple of essentials you should have to make sure you’re ready for winter. By essentials, I’m not talking about coats and boots. We already know this is beyond essential. I mean the items that you probably weren’t thinking about that will definitely make winter a little more bearable.
*Moisturizers (for face and body)
When the air is cold and dry, it’s especially easy for your skin to get ashy, and that’s not cute. Chicago wind is disrespectful and will violate your moisture. Get a thick lotion that’ll really penetrate your skin to make sure it doesn’t get dry this winter. The same applies to your face. Make sure you’re using a face moisturizer that deeply penetrates your skin and locks in the moisture.
Sometimes face moisturizers by themselves just aren’t enough. If you feel that your moisturizer isn’t as effective as it should be at keeping your face soft and supple, you may need to incorporate a face serum into your skincare routine. Serums more deeply penetrate the skin and seal in the layer of moisture from your face moisturizer. Our moms were on to something when they put Vaseline on our faces during the winters when we were kids.
The winter cold violates lip moisture too. Keep some lip balm on you at ALL TIMES. Even if you don’t have lip balm, Vaseline will do the trick just as well. Lip care is especially important now that the masks we wear can also strip the moisture from our lips.
I’m always cold, so I like fuzzy socks year-round, but they’re definitely a winter essential. Not only do they keep you warm, but they’re comfortable and cute too. If you want to go all out, get some fuzzy socks that have winter themes like snowflakes, snowmen, and Christmas trees.
I love blankets and throws, especially the really fuzzy ones. The best part is that blankets can be found at almost any store. There’s nothing better than cuddling up with a blanket and some hot chocolate and watching a good movie or TV show.
No one wants to take their gloves off to use their phone if it’s cold out. Investing in some gloves that allow you to be able to keep your hands warm while still being able to use touchscreens is the way to go. Killing two birds with one stone.
Candles are a staple item year-round for your home, especially in the winter. They can be found pretty much anywhere and come in so many different scents. If you are going to be in the house during these winter days you may as well enjoy some holiday smells of fresh pine, cranberry, cinnamon-pumpkin, or peppermint.
The way that 2020 has been going, I don’t doubt that we’re going to have a rough winter. With that being said, go out and get these items so you can be prepared. Happy holidays!
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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