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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

Winter can be magical— snow-covered trees, holiday treats and cute pom-pom hats. However, the wind is another story. It can be your worst enemy, cracking your lips and drying out any skin it comes in contact with. To avoid the winter harshness, here are some cheap, basic beauty hacks every collegiette needs to know! 

1. Ultra Rich Lip Balm 

With winter approaching you want a thick, rich balm that will really moisturize your lips. Reapply balm every two or three hours throughout the day. When moisturizing your lips overnight, make sure to cover the outer lines of your lips no matter how messy it gets. Cracked lips are not fun. Using brands such as Blistex or Aquaphor are beneficial and cheap— a win-win! 

2. Stock up on petroleum jelly 

Before going to bed, cover dry areas with Vaseline or any drugstore brand petroleum jelly. Cover your cracked heels and then put socks on to allow your feet to soak in the product. If your knuckles and cuticles are dry, cover them with jelly and put a thin pair of gloves on before getting some shut-eye! Do this daily for 15 minutes.  

3. Following a daily routine 

You can never apply too much lotion. Get your hands on some in-shower body lotion and use a rich body wash. Even if you don’t have typically dry skin, using lotions and soaps that are made for extra dry skin types can be preventative and can keep your body soft. Using anything with shea butter can really heal your skin. 

4. Never let someone say, “I can’t feel your face”

While it’s important to moisture your body, it’s important that you don’t skimp on your face. Use lotion before applying your foundation in order to avoid the product catching on your dry skin.  

5. Apply moisturizing masks 

Before going to bed, use a moisturizing face mask! Leave it on for 20 minutes to allow your pores to soak in the extra moisture. Do a mask once a week to prevent your face from drying out. 

6. Power of Dryer Sheets 

A trick to rid your hair of annoying static: dryer sheets! Rub them on your hair and walk away with a fresh scent.   

Beauty hurts, but it’s worth it. You don’t need to devote your entire month’s budget to skin care, but definitely go the extra step to set aside time to use these products. Winter can be cold and bitter, but you can combat it! 


Jamie is a freshman in the Boston University College of Communication with the intention of obtaining a degree in Journalism. Her main interests include beauty and lifestyle content, as she seeks to use her extensive knowledge in the beauty industry to help out other girls and spread self-confidence. She hopes to have a career in the magazine industry as a writer. If you can't find Jamie taking a nice, long stroll down Newbury with a Starbucks vanilla iced latte in hand, you'll be sure to find her sitting on BU Beach binge-watching Netflix. Follow Jamie on Instagram: @jamshore
Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.