Here are some reasons why you should pamper yourself:
1. Uplifts Your Mood
When we are well rested and have spent time with ourselves, the serotonin (also known as happiness hormones) are activated and immediately improves your mood. Having some pamper time also means your physical looks are enhanced and / or polished. Feeling good from the inside to the out is so uplifting. When is your next pamper day scheduled?
2. Improves Productivity
Did you know regular pamper sessions can improve your productivity? That’s right, because you’re so relaxed from getting pampered, your mind and body also relaxes. You literally get a mental break from the craziness in your life. This overall helps you re-focus and reconnect with daily tasks, making you feel ready to take on the world.
3. Reduces Stress
When we stress less our memory, focus and overall brain functions improve. Thanks to having time to pamper yourself, can enjoy these benefits.
4. Stay Youthful
Researchers have said that regular pampering sessions can help to slow the aging process. Why? Because you are taking the time to upkeep your appearance and with all the other wonderful benefits of getting pampered can bring. Not just for your outside but for your whole well being.
5. Improves Relationships
The old saying goes you can’t really love someone until you love yourself. Loving yourself, your body and giving yourself ‘me time’ improves your relationship with yourself, in turn, this will help you with your other relationships as they all mirrors of your own self. Get some #Rawlovin Sugar to reap the rewards.
Being more conscious of what you are putting on your skin is not just a fad. This “trend” is here to stay and with so much accessible information out there, 2018 is definitely the year to start your healthy journey.
1.Vegan Friendly Products are Better Suited for Sensitive Skin
Our skin absorbs 60% of the products we apply to it, so it’s very important to know exactly what you are putting on your skin is safe. Naturally derived products are known to be good for you and is more gentle on your skin. They also promote feel good sensations leaving your skin more hydrated.
2. Healthier and Younger Skin
We all know healthy skin starts from the inside. Eating fruits and vegetables will definitely help your skin glow on the outside along with drinking plenty of water. However, it doesn’t stop there! The trick to anti-aging isn’t a fancy chemical; it’s moisture and Vitamins which are mostly found in vegan friendly products. Your literally packing extra benefits without even trying.
3. Not Tested on Animals
Vegan products are manufactured without animal by-products or animal-derived ingredients. This means you can enjoy your beauty regimen knowing it’s completely cruelty free.
4. Free of Harmful Chemicals
Vegan products are manufactured using only naturally derived ingredients that come from the earth, but without the use of harsh chemicals or synthetics. This means softer, more relaxed and soothed skin.
5. A More Even Skin Tone
Vegan friendly products contain plant-based ingredients that are high in Vitamins and moisture, which works to help even out your skin discoloration .
Shop Raw Sugar’s line of Vegan friendly products at your local Target or right here online. (***Please note we have 5 products that contain honey.)
Healthy skin and hair starts from the inside.
When it comes to feeling and looking well, a complementary system of a nutritious diet and a nourishing tropical regimen are in order.
Well-functioning organs, hydrated cells, and neutralization of free radicals are all essential for healthier skin, hair, and a clearer mind. Feed your body good, wholesome food on a daily basis. This gives you the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need to glow from the inside out.
One of the easiest ways to pack superfoods into our diets is with smoothies. They’re quick, they’re easy, and if you’re doing it right – they’re also delicious.
One of our favorite smoothie bases is Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk.
Coconut oil is an incredible force of natural health — it contains Lauric Acid, increases metabolic function, and hydrates – to say the least.
Raw Honey is a rich natural source of antioxidants, contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps digestion, and works to heal and soothe.
Almond Milk is super rich in nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and a variety of vitamins – all essential for optimum health.
Using this superfood-trio as a base for your smoothies will ensure you’re getting in plenty of goodness and flavor from the get-go. To take your smoothie game up a notch, here’s our top 5 smoothies with Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk.
Get ready – mornings are about to get a lot more energetic.
Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Banana + Baby Spinach + Natural Peanut Butter
Rich and creamy – this smoothie combo is a great way to get in your daily greens.
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
3/4 cup almond milk
Half a frozen banana
Handful of baby spinach
1 tbs natural peanut butter
Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Avocado + Mango + Chia Seeds
Avocado and mango will transport you to a tropical island, while the humble chia seed packs a protein punch.
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
3/4 cup almond milk
Half an avocado, deseeded
1 mango, deseeded
1 tbs chia seeds
Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Organic Rolled Oats + Strawberries + Almond Butter
It tastes like a cake, but it’s really good for you. Enough said!
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
3/4 cup almond milk
Half a cup organic rolled oats
1 tbs almond butter
SWEET GREEN GODDESS
Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Blueberries + Green Tea
Antioxidant-rich green tea and blueberries add tons of nutritional value.
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
3/4 cup almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup brewed green tea
Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Carrot + Ginger + Apple + Turmeric Powder
Immune-boosting ginger, carrot, apple and turmeric will work wonders for your good cell count.
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tbs fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder
To top it all off, add Raw Sugar’s NEW ‘The Moisture Smoothie’ shampoo to your regimen for the ultimate superfood fix.
The Moisture Smoothie combats dehydrated hair in a single rinse with a nurturing shampoo that treats your locks, making them feel silky and smooth. Packed with Coconut (rich in hydration properties), Honey (which stimulates hair growth) and Almond Milk (to smooth), dry scalps are no match for this ultra-moisturizing formula. Processed through ColdPress Technology® and infused with Organic Extracts to lock in all that is pure and wholesome. This shampoo will definitely extend your “detox” to your hair. Treat your precious locks to a SoCal summer smoothie!
Click here to get yours today!
We answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about this delicate skin type.
Love it or hate it, if you have sensitive skin – you have to take care of it. It requires a little extra attention and a tad bit more patience. But if you play your cards right, youe sensitive skin will become a total non-issue. In fact, you can even use it to your favor!
Here, we answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about sensitive skin.
1. What exactly constitutes ‘sensitive skin’?
There are a variety of factors at play to making up what people call sensitive skin. But put simply, sensitive skin reacts unpleasantly to skincare products and chemicals. When diagnosing sensitive skin, dermatologists look for: skin reactions such as redness, bumps or erosion, very dry texture, or a tendency towards heavy blushing.
2. How do I know if I have it?
If it’s common for your skin to get irritate or feel uncomfortable after using over-the-counter skincare, you probably have sensitive skin.
The best way to find out, of course, is to check in with a dermatologist.
3. What should I look for in skincare products to ensure they don’t irritate my sensitive skin?
Products designed specifically for sensitive skin are usually your friends. Also look for products that contain no parabens or sulfates – and that are made up of mostly natural ingredients.
Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals and way too many ingredients on their lists.
4. When using a new product, how should I test for skin reactions?
Patch testing is the way to go – after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry! When you get a new product, place a small amount behind your war for a few days. If your skin reacts well, try the same thing along your temple. If you don’t get irritated skin, the product should be safe to use.
5. How can I protect my sensitive skin against harsh weather conditions?
We hate to sound lime your mother, but you MUST wear suncream all year round. It’s a non negotiable. And make sure it’s one thats at least SPF 30+.
In the summer, you should generally try to avoid sunbathing and spending long periods of time in the hot sun – even if you have applied your SPF. UV rays are highly damaging and particularly so on your sensitive skin.
In the winter, try not to overheat your home. Have a good moisturizer on hand for skin and body to keep it hydrated, and always wash with paraben and sulfate free cleansers.
6. Is sensitive skin genetic?
It would appear that yes, sensitive skin and its associated conditions (includong rosacea and eczema) are inherited.
7. What are the best tips for caring for my sensitive skin?
Use skincare that has been specifically designed for your skin type. These products should be soap-free and light on harsh chemicals to avoid overworkinf your skin. When cleansing, be gentle – and avoid using chunky scrubs and exfoliators.
Also, hydration is key. Stay on top of your moisturizing schedule and your skin will thank you for it.
PS – DID YOU KNOW that Raw Sugar is launching a BRAND NEW line of skincare created especially for SENSITIVE SKIN? Yup! It’s made with natural, soothing, nourishing ingredients made to love and care for sensitive skin! More info coming soon… WATCH THIS SPACE, sensitive-skinned sisters!
Don’t you just LOVE feeling stressed? Said literally no one ever. Unfortunately, like traffic jams in LA, stress is kinda an unavoidable part of life. It’s part of the human condition to feel a bit anxious when we feel overwhelmed – or when we bite off a little more than we can chew.
While a bit of stress from time to time can be a positive thing to motivate you, too much is hardly beneficial. It can have a negative impact on our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing – and leave you feeling anxious and exhausted.
That’s why, particularly as a busy person, you need to understand what techniques and activities will help you alleviate stress and shoot tension right in the foot.
Here are 5 helpful stress-busting activities every busy person needs to try.
It may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people miss out on the benefits of meditation. The mental silence of meditation works very effectively to counter stress (especially of a work-related nature). If you find yourself struggling to get ‘in the zone’, then practicing some easy breathing exercises will work a treat too. Take repetitive deep breaths when you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed – it will reduce cortisol levels, which are related directly to stress and anxiety.
2. Hit the beach (or the pool)
Water – nature’s ultimate healer. A Swedish study on stress management found that the simple act of floating in water prompts the body’s relaxation response, which in turn decreases the levels of the stress hormone. And it really works. Approximate 80% of people who participated on the study said being in water helped them feel calmer a d less anxious.
3. Snack on something healthy
When we’re feeling stressed, we tend to turn to comfort foods to give us a momentary satisfaction. Ice cream. Chocolate. French fries. You name it – if we’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re eating it. We overeat and binge on foods that just end up making us feel worse – not better. The key is convenience. Always keep some healthy snacks handy – so when you’re feeling under pressure, you can reach for the peanuts, dark chocolate, or carrot sticks and hummus instead. This will leave you feeling more positive and energetic – while also not feeling deprived.
4. Light up a scent
Aromatherapy has been proven to be a very effective stress reducer. Scents such as lavender have a particularly positive effect on our senses, and leave us feeling soothed. Make it a habit to light up a calming aroma before bed – it will help you sleep and keep your head clear.
5. Yoga asanas
Relieve the tension that builds up in your back with some simple yoga asanas. If you’re time poor, it can be as easy as doing a quick spinal twist in your pajamas. Simply sit on your bed with your legs crossed and place your right hand down behind you, while your left hand sits on your right knee. Sit up as straight as you can and begin to twist around to your right hand. Repeat the same on the opposite side.
Sugar, we know you love looking (and feeling) good.
So, we’ve hunted, searched and scoured every small corner of the internet to bring you the best beauty tips and trends for 2018 we could find.
From hair to hydration, and brows to blending – find out what’s hot and happening in the magical land of beauty.
Leaving filled-in brows in 2017
Filled-in brows can be great, and if you don’t want to retire your brow pencil just yet – more power to you. But the problem with overfilling our brows is that we can lose a little bit of our identity – the beautiful uniqueness and individual shape of our brows gets covered up and hidden. But it’s time to show off the raw beauty of your brows with pride. So instead of covering them up with a thick pencil, 2018 is all about highlighting their natural shape and neatening them up with a nice brow gel or brush. Give it a try – we know we will be.
Beauty from the inside out
The more time that goes on, the more we learn about the power of what we eat and drink. Beauty begins from the inside, and there’s nothing better for your skin and hair than drinking lots of water and eating lots of good fats. Think: salmon, avocado, and nuts – and at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Hey, and eating right can even help protect you from the sun! You’ll still need your suncream, though (sorry).
How to achieve the ultimate ‘no make up’ look
No makeup is the new makeup. But for those of us not quite brave enough to go bare-faced, there are a few little makeup tricks that can make us look as natural as possible. It’s all about a balance. So for every illuminating product you use, dab on a little matte product to even it out. For example, if you’re wearing glowy bronzer, try a matte foundation or BB cream to match it. It’s also about using minimal products to bring out your best features. A touch of mascara on the outer corner of your eyes. A dab of lip stain. A sweep of blush over the cheekbones for a natural flush.
Hydration and health
Here’s one that never goes out of style: moisture. With winter in full swing, we think your skin (and hair) might need a drink. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and a complexion whose thirst is regularly quenched is generally more plump, resilient and stronger at fighting off any bad guys floating around in the air. A good, vitamin-rich moisturizer is a must. And when it comes to your locks, a nutrient-heavy hair mask will help your hair get through tough winter days (Hint: Raw Sugar’s NEW hair masque nurtures and rehydrates hair like none other!).
Perk up your foundation with moisturizer
While the purpose of foundation exist to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone, mixing moisturizer into it adds another dimension and can dramatically improve the look of both your makeup and your skin. Adding a squeeze of moisturizer to your daily foundation routine will help to sheer it out, resulting in a more natural, dewy, glowy finish (and who doesn’t love that?). This little trick changes the texture of your foundation – and enhances it with the vitamins and nutrients of your facial moisturizer. Your skin will thank you for the change.
Ladies, we need to talk.
You know all those times you compare yourself to others, criticize your own reflection, or tell yourself you can’t do something because you’re not good enough, strong enough, or smart enough? It needs to stop… like now. In 2018, we’re throwing negative self-talk out the window – and so are you.
It’s time for a shift – we’re moving from self-criticism to self-empowerment. Because hell hath no fury like a woman reborn! The good news is, all the tools you need to feel more empowered are already inside of you – you just need to learn how to harness and nurture them. And once you do? You’re gonna be a force to be reckoned with.
To help you along, here are the top tips on self-empowerment we’ve heard – and yep, they work.
Firstly, challenge negative thoughts.
When you tell yourself you’re not capable of achieving something, you believe it. So when negative thoughts about your own self-worth creep into your mind, challenge them instead of just accepting them as fact. Ask yourself, is this REALLY true? Because chances are – it’s not. Very few things are impossible – and a positive attitude the first step toward achieving your goals. Talk to yourself like you would to a very dear friend – with kindness… and just watch the transformation.
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Take responsibility for yourself.
Here’s a little tough love: sometimes we just need to step up and put our big-girl pants on. Creating excuses gets us nowhere, and neither does placing blame on others. When we start to accept responsibility for ourselves and our lives – we start to gain more and more control. And with control comes power, and with power comes achievement.
To totally accept yourself, it helps to really know yourself – inside and out. Whatever type of meditation you choose, it’s a great way of bringing you back to earth and connecting you back to yourself – and revealing to you sides of yourself you may have forgotten. Meditation also helps with energy levels – it rejuvenates body and mind, which helps you feel more stimulated, motivated and confident within yourself.
Learn to say ‘no’
Sometimes, the simplest solution can be the hardest. Women especially find it difficult to say ‘no’, particularly when they feel like they’re letting someone down. Many of us feel obliged to agree to every request, and would rather juggle a an overwhelming amount of balls than refuse to help – even if it means we end up with no time or energy for ourselves. But saying ‘no’ when you genuinely don’t want to or can’t do something will give you back your power – and even earn the respect of those around you. It will liberate you from the weight on your shoulders and give you more control over your time. ‘No’ is a very powerful tool, indeed.
Trust the process
Whatever you do, don’t give up on you. Be aware of the growth that is happening within you every day. The process of our growth is ongoing and sometimes not visible to the naked eye – keep going with your journey and you’ll see the results.
Some things in life just work better in pairs. Wine and cheese. Surf and sand. Ross and Rachel. Raw Coconut + Mango.
At Raw Sugar, we love thinking up magical concoctions from the divine ingredients given to us by the kind hands of Mother Nature. Our team of incredibly fussy skincare experts spend lots of time putting together different blends of wholesome fruits, nuts, seeds, and superfoods to see what works best. And frankly, our Raw Coconut + Mango marriage was an instant hit – and is fast becoming a classic.
But, there’s way more to this scrumptious-smelling duo than meets the eye. It’s actually incredibly powerful and effective on skin. Here’s why.
1. The Mango brightens
Did you know mango is magic? It works to perk up and brighten your complexion – leaving your skin feeling and looking younger, bouncier and more alive. Since it’s jam-packed with anti-oxidants, mango works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also help with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
2. While the Raw Coconut soothes
Raw Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties that irritated or tired skin dream of. Coconut has natural antibacterial powers that have great effectiveness in relieving inflammation, eczema, dermatitis and any painful skin allergies.
3. Mango can assist with acne
Mango is rich in Vitamin A – which has been proven to reduce oil production on the skin. So, if regular acne keeps showing up on your face like an unwelcome visitor, mango can help. Pssst – it’s also great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, too!
4. While Raw Coconut deeply moisturizes
Coconut is a brilliant natural skin moisturizer. It’s so easily and readily absorbed into skin’s pores – and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue. Which means that even if you have naturally oily skin, coconut will work for you.
5. The best part? ColdPress® Technology!
When this magic duo is combined into our products, it’s processed through ColdPress® Technology which locks in all the good oils, vitamins and enzymes that skin instantly soaks up. So you know your skin will reap all the pure wholesome goodness of these incredible fruits.
Still not convinced about the prowess of Raw Coconut + Mango? Visit our online store and try it for yourself. WARNING: you’ll be hooked!
The truth about nature’s wonder fruit.
Coconuts truly are the gift that keeps on giving.
Aside from being considered both a fruit, a nut, AND a seed (overachiever, anyone?) – coconuts are one of the most versatile of nature’s creations.
So much so, that according to the Coconut Research Center (yes, it’s a real place), in many parts of Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines – the coconut tree is known as “the tree of life.” And for good reason, because incredibly – over 1500 studies have been published as evidence of the pure health benefits of the humble coconut.
Boasting lauric acid, potassium, cytokinin and electrolytes – coconut can help to improve skin and hair, slow aging, aid weight loss, and improve immunity. But that’s not all. There are many surprising benefits that coconuts offer that you may not know about. Since we’d never want you to miss out, we’ve compiled the top 5 things you may not know about coconut.
1. It can improve memory
Say what?! Yep, it’s true – coconut oil can improve cognitive function. Recent studies at Oxford University have revealed that people with signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia had short term memory benefits from its use. Remember that the next time you’re feeling a little… forgetful.
2. It can boost your metabolism
While it may seem a little strange that a fatty product could actually help with your metabolism, it’s true. How? Coconut oil helps you oxidise (aka burn) fat. It contains medium chain triglycerides which actually works to boost metabolic function and have you feelin’ fine.
3. It’s a natural deodorant
Say bye-bye to BO! Coconut oil is a great alternative to conventional deodorant. It contains Laurie acid he lauric acid which kills odor-causing bacteria. Simply apply it to your skin to ward off any unpleasant smells. Easy.
4. It’s an energy booster
Want to amp your morning smoothie up a little? Add a teaspoon of coconut oil. When paired with protein, particularly chia seeds, coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides offer the perch pick-me-up.
5. It can stop gum disease in its tracks
Did you know that some people use coconut oil as a toothpaste? Other simply use the oil pulling method for healthier mouth and gums. Because of its wonderful antibacterial properties, some dental professionals believe that coconut oil can work to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.
Coconuts have been keeping people healthy for 55 million years!
While we in the Western world may only have just discovered (and bottled) coconuts – the truth is that ever since coconuts first appeared in tropical areas, they’ve locals as a natural elixir.