Our skin is the largest and most tale-telling organ of our body’s health, and the Winter months can really do a number on us. Aside from stocking up on lip chap and hand lotion, I started wondering how else we can maintain a beautiful glow during this unforgiving season. The Winter months are harsh on our skin for a multitude of reasons. I tend to hibernate indoors, training for my latest Netflix marathon, but this decreased level of activity leads to reduced circulation in the body, which in turn hinders the amount of hydration and nutrients supplied to the skin. When we do spend time outdoors (even just running from a warm car to the nearest warm building), the wind chill can strip our skin of naturally occurring moisture. The furnace heat we rely on isn’t doing us any favours either, and taking hot showers to warm up further strips the skin of moisture. This dehydration can cause reduced skin elasticity, dull complexion, and rapid skin aging.
With the endless Winter that Canada too often delivers, it can seem like a healthy complexion is a lost cause. Thankfully Melissa Kimbell, founder of Sweet Living Company, has recipes for exactly what our skin needs to stay polished, vibrant, and glowing. Melissa took the challenge to her own kitchen and became devoted to creating traditional, healthy, anti-aging skincare formulas. Luckily her combination of heirloom family recipes with modern botanicals has created products that far surpass anything I’ve bought off a shelf. To help ease our Winter blues, Sweet Living Company has provided some beautiful recipes to brighten, polish, and plump us out of hibernation. The ingredients can be found in your own kitchen. Every ingredient has a purpose. I promise, just one sniff of the Lemon & Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub and you will be hooked!
Written by Brie Woods, for Dote Magazine. Fall/Winter 2015
Photography by Blair Marie Photography
Styled by Alexandra Wig, Pink & Honey
Reprinted with permission from Dote Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015 Issue