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

The colder months can be rough, both physically and mentally. Here are my top 10 essentials that help me out in the winter.

  1. Coconut Oil: If you are anything like me, your skin gets DRY in the winter. I have tried many different lotions, and I have come to discover the most hydrating thing for my skin is coconut oil. I just take a little bit out of the jar and rub it on my elbows, knees and any other dry areas.
  2. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and Vitamin E Swivel Stick: Chapped lips? This will solve that right away. This swivel stick is the best lip moisturizer I have ever used. I promise, after one use, you will be hooked.
  3. The Comfy Original: Remember the Huggie from our childhood? Well this takes that to a whole new level. This is a blanket/sweatshirt mix, and it is so warm and cozy. The Comfy is my unofficial at home uniform because I honestly never take it off.
  4. A Nice Planner: Maybe it’s just me, but the cold weather definitely leaves me feeling a bit sluggish. Having a cute planner helps me stay organized and motivated during the colder months.
  5. Ear Warmer Headband: When wearing lots of layers, I find it is easier to pull my hair up and out of the way. However, that leaves my ears cold and exposed. Wearing a headband ear warmer is the perfect solution. They also can be super cute.
  6. Hand Lotion: While I love using my coconut oil at home, I have to have hand lotion on me at all times in the winter. I like to leave this in my car to ensure I always have it with me. It’s just the treat my hands need after walking to my car in the cold.
  7. A Warm Puffy Jacket: Ok, this may seem obvious, but it is a game changer. I would totally recommend investing in a nice puffer jacket for the winter. I would also say to size up. This will allow you to fit layers underneath for when it is super cold.
  8. Sunglasses: This may seem like an odd one, but the sun reflecting off the snow is no joke. I like to keep a pair in my car so I can make sure I see while driving.
  9. Body Scrub: There is nothing better than taking a warm shower and exfoliating off your dead skin. I like using Bath and Body Works scrubs, but any will do. It helps to leave your skin feeling nice and smooth.
  10. Fit Bit or Apple Watch: I often find I have less motivation to work out during the winter. Having something that tracks my steps motivates me to be more active. This helps me physically and mentally. 

I hope these 10 essentials help you survive the cold and have the best winter yet!

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Hailey Mayewski

Montclair '23

Hailey Mayewski is a Junior, journalism major at Montclair State University. She is excited to be a new member of Her Campus Montclair.