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Lowen’s Sits Down With Canadian Skeleton Racer Cassie Hawrysh

Lowen’s Sits Down with Canadian Skeleton Racer Cassie Hawrysh

We are very excited to announce that Cassie Hawrysh is our newest fan here at Lowen’s Natural Skincare!

Cassie is a Canadian Skeleton Racer and we are holding thumbs for her to make it into the next Olympics. All that time spent in the frigid winter air traveling at speeds of over 140km/h can really take a toll on the skin and that’s why Cassie takes extra good care of hers.

Cassie’s sensitive skin requires products that contain no harsh chemicals or parabens and of course loads of hydration! That’s where we come in! Read on to get to know Cassie and find out some of her best kept beauty secrets!

So nice to meet you Cassie! Could you tell us a little more about the sport of skeleton racing for those who may not know what it is?

My pleasure! Skeleton racing is an Olympic sport – first contested at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, SUI and again in 1948 Winter Olympics, after which it was discontinued. Skeleton was reintroduced at the 2002 Winter Olympics, with both men’s and women’s events – and has continued to gain popularity ever since.  

In Skeleton each solo racer navigates – laying prone in a head-first position – a series of twists and turns along what is most commonly recognized as a Bobsled Track.

Travelling the iced up hallways at speeds reaching 140km/h a Skeleton racer and their equipment are challenged with corners that can have us pulling upwards of 4Gs (jet fighter pilots pull an average of 5Gs)!

The push start – where the athlete sprints, holding onto their sled with one hand, for up to 50m & the element of driving the sled by applying body weight to areas of the sled at the correct times  (which effectively “turns” the sled) are the main skills each Skeleton racer is required to master.

It should be noted – Skeleton sleds have no brakes! Beyond the finish line there is an uphill portion of each track – and we sit up in our sleds and dig our spikes into the ice to come safely to a stop.

Sounds like fun right? Well – it actually is! World Class Skeleton Racing requires the pilot to find the edge between control and crashing – and in that moment – you fly!

That sounds incredible! And incredibly terrifying… How did you first get into skeleton racing?

Shockingly, I didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a professional tobogganner! Thankfully, after successful careers as a university volleyball player and multi-event track and field athlete I moved to Calgary (on a whim) and was given the opportunity to try the sport. It was love at first slide!

Combining my new found passion with watching my soon-to-be teammates compete (& win) LIVE at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/ Whistler I literally, dove in head-first and never looked back!

We are so excited that you have chosen Lowen’s to add to your daily skin routine, can you tell us how you first discovered Lowen’s?

Serendipity! In a matter of less than a week I saw an advertisement in IMPACT magazine & then coincidentally happened to stumble upon the sales display at Market 17.  There, I tested a few products, wanted to know more and decided to contact Lowen’s directly. The rest, as they say, is history!

Why Lowen’s? What do you think makes us different?

Saying that there are a lot of options when it comes to skincare is a serious understatement. Trying to make a decision in front of the lotion section alone is a daunting task. Ever since I was a little kid I have had to be very careful what comes in contact with my skin. My bouts with eczema are just one ingredient or artificial scent away.  As such, I gravitate towards all natural products as much as possible and while they are often more expensive – Lowen’s is not only affordable, but simplistic in it’s ingredients, and is always safe on my skin.

What’s your favourite product so far?

So far, the Lowen’s Skin Care product in the highest rotation is “Rub It In Why Don’t Ya”!

RINWDY is such a versatile lotion – I find myself really enjoying getting to use it. I love that I don’t have to worry about it being overwhelming in scent or leaving my skin feeling über greasy!

Do you have any beauty tips for sporty girls who are always on the go?

Over the years I have developed and refined my beauty routines – and they are often dictated by hectic schedules and packing limitations.  

My winter-centric lifestyle means managing a combination of sweating and dry skin so my tips would be: first and foremost – drink loads of water, then – find a gentle face cleanser that you can get away with using whenever you need a quick refresh & choose a solid all-around lotion. Make a travel size of both and bring them with you everywhere! You’ll thank me later.

Oh – and always bring an extra hair elastic – you never know when you’ll be challenged to a race or push-up competition!

Any words to live by?

I’m someone who strives to find and push beyond my edges daily. As such, I have always really enjoyed this Hunter S. Thompson quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’

Keep Up With Cassie:

Follow her on Twitter @CassieHawrysh

Like her Facebook Page Facebook.com/CassieHawrysh

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Tamryn Burgess

Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition for Lowen's! She is currently working towards a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, spending time outdoors, and reading.

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