I was not made for winter. My skin is dry. My hair is dry. It’s cold. My olive complexion comes across a sickly shade of green without a tan.
I was made for sunny Sicily where windchill does not exist, nor does snow. Where it’s so hot in August that everyone just takes the month off. Where 15 degrees feels “cold.”
But alas, my parents and their families decided to immigrate here because, #opportunities. And every winter since I’ve reached adulthood, I have said “this is the last mother-effing winter I spend here.”
This year I was oh-so-close to the dream, but yet, here I remain. Next year, though, next year will be the year.
Anyway, here’s how I manage.
Coffee & sugar
Sugar — whether you choose it in the natural form of fruits, the processed stuff turned into ooey-gooey cinnamon buns and such, as several bottles of wine or cocktails, or you just snort it straight up — #nojudgement. I like to start my day with a coffee and a sugar kick, otherwise I might just not get up at all. If someone tells you not to eat sugar, tell them to go to hell. You don’t need that negativity in your life.
In the summer, I only use coconut oil to moisturize. In the winter, it’s not always enough. If my skin is especially dry, I’ll use a baby cream from Terra 20 called Super Smoothie Cream. I also love Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm, which I will put on everything — lips, eye lids, under eyes, elbows, knuckles, etc.
For hair, the usual coconut oil mask, I have found, is also not potent enough in the winter so I’ll throw in an avocado and essential oil.
I try to wash my hair once a week, max, and never use too much soap. Coconut oil is a natural cleanser, so if you’re using it on your skin, don’t worry too much about soap.
But I do take lots of detox baths. My favourite recipe: 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of Epsom salts, 10-20 drops essential oil. Soak for 30 min.
Oh I know it seems nearly impossible to leave your home when it’s dark and cold out. But read the above. And read it again.
I am only sane because of exercise. The sweat, the endorphins, the community of people — it cures the winter blues.
Can’t quite commit to hardcore workouts? Try hot yoga. There are enough studios in the city offering affordable intro month rates that you could make it all the way through winter stretching, bending, and unwinding in a much more pleasurable temperature for only about $40 a month (Pure Yoga – $40, Modern Body – $50 but includes mat and towel service).
Giving no fucks about wearing the same outfit errday
Normcore everyday, every way.
Netflix & chill
Do not fight this urge. We were made to hibernate. Embrace it. Cuddle up on your own or with someone to share body heat. Marathon watch The Office. Don’t feel guilty. Grab your chocolate and bunker down because the Canadian winter is a long, cruel one.