Ahhh, a tropical vacation.
Nothing makes us feel as connected to Mother Nature as a swim beneath the sea, peeking glimpses at little schools of fish and navigating our way through the coral.
While swimsuits, sunglasses, and sandals are obvious must-packs – there’s a little more to think about in terms of your off-duty beauty regimen. Salt water can be beautifully rejuvenating for your skin – but coupled with sunshine, it can also dry you out. With a tiny bit of extra effort, you can keep your skin looking nourished and glowing in any kind of weather.
Don’t be a scrooge on the SPF
Most tropical vacays involve a little bit of sun worshipping – so you’re going to need a pack a little ammunition. A powerful SPF will help see you through all your outdoor activities, no matter the temperature. A strong 50+ is necessary, and try to look for one that’s non-greasy to avoid any potential breakouts.
Nourishing lip balm
Something all beauty gurus will tell you about your week beneath the palms? Do not neglect your lips. Your lips can burn just as easily as your cheeks, so make sure you have a moisturizing, SPF lip balm on hand at all times. Re-apply after every meal, swim, and cocktail. No compromise.
Butter me up!
Just like your sun-care regimen, you will need to keep on top of your daily body moisture routine. The salt, sun and fun will inevitably dry out your skin, so make sure you lather on a rich, vitamin-packed body butter after every shower or bath (See Raw Sugar’s range of body butters here). This is your number one tool in keeping skin looking lovely and dewy.
Healing aloe vera gel
If, somehow, you do end up with a little bit of sunburn – don’t be alarmed. You don’t have to suffer through a series of painful, sleepless nights and even more painful showers – aloe vera is here to help. An aloe vera gel will help cool and soothe the skin so you don’t have that burning sensation hanging over your head like a dark could on your sunny holiday.
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Don’t forget about H2o!
But, wait, isn’t it humid on tropical islands? Yes it is, but because you’ll be out in the sun all day and most likely enjoying a few cocktails – your body will get dehydrated… fast. And we know that dehydration is the fastest way to harm your skin. Keep hydrated by always having a big bottle of water handy – and remember, drink a big glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.
Now that you’re good to go… enjoy your trip!
Uh-oh. You’ve done it again. You swore you’d do all your Christmas shopping in November in order to avoid the last-minute panic, but, alas – it’s now December and there’s not a single gift in sight.
Rest assured, we’ve all been there. In fact, we’ve been there so many times we consider ourselves experts in the field of last-minute gift shopping. We’ve used our extensive experience and put it to good use, compiling a list of excellent last-minute Christmas gifts that don’t involve you rushing down to the mall and picking up whatever’s left on the shelves.
What it does involve is a little light reading, the click of a couple buttons, then taking a big nap as a reward for being so very resourceful.
Without further ado…
Coffee table books, adult colouring books, or just a plain ol’ novel – whoever you’re buying for, we guarantee there’s a kind of book they’ll love. And they great thing is, books never go out of style – nor do they sell out. You can even get them online for ultimate ease.
READY-TO-GO GIFT PACKAGES
Isn’t it nice when someone else does all the hard work for you? Gift boxes are not only super cute, they’re also super convenient. Get one they’ll really get some use out of – like Raw Sugar’s Christmas Gift Box. It’s full of #rawlovin goodies that your friends will love – and that you’ll feel great about giving. Remember, our products are natural, cruelty-free, eco-friendly and ColdPressed® to seal in spades of delicious fruit nutrients. The perfect gift – available at your nearest Target.
Great gifts don’t have to break the bank. Do-it-yourself art or craft is the perfect way to personalize a meaningful gift. We love the idea of printing the covers of your loved ones’ favorite books, and arranging them in a frame to be hung on the wall. Or, you could do a watercolor painting, sketch, or just scour Pinterest for DIY craft ideas.
Why not make a batch of Christmas-themed bliss balls as a guilt-free gift for your friends? Find your favorite recipe online and then roll them in some festive add-ons – like pistachios and goji berries for a delicious green and red, Christmassy concoction you’d be crazy not to love.
Does someone you know love a certain magazine? Buying them an annual subscription as a gift is a great way to get them something they’ll really use. The best part? It’s instant! The subscription voucher will be ready to print and use immediately. Perfect for those of us who may or may not leave Christmas gifting to the night before. Oops.
Now that the holidays are upon, ’tis the season for taking a step back, getting cozy in a lounge chair, and indulging in life’s simplest gifts. It’s also the season of gratitude and giving back. Because if there’s anything the countless Christmas movies we’ve watched over the years have taught us, it’s that being generous is always a good idea.
When you perform acts of kindness – be they big or small – you’re positively impacting the world, and yourself, much more than you might think. Good deeds have a ripple effect – they encourage you to give again, inspire your recipient to do the same, and motivate people around you to act with kindness, too.
Because during a season that promotes overconsumption, a little giving goes a very long way.
1. Pick a reputable charity
Before opening your check book or logging into your PayPal account, do some research. Find a charity you feel passionate about through sites like Volunteer Match, Guidestar and Charity Navigator – all great resources for choosing the right nonprofit for you, and making sure it’s a reputable one.
2. Volunteer at a local food shelter or soup kitchen
It’s cold out, and many people are hungry. Dedicating a day to volunteering at a soup kitchen not only means you’re feeding those less fortunate, it’s also a great opportunity to talk to people from different walks of life and gain a new perspective.
3. Donate cans to a food bank
Collect a bunch of food cans, donate them to a food bank, and help reduce the amount of people who are hungry this holiday season. It’s a simple but effective way to lend a helping hand.
4. Donate your old jackets, coats and woolies
You know those old coats you have sitting in the far corner of your wardrobe? The ones you haven’t worn in months… or perhaps even years? Yeah, those ones. Group them into a bag and donate them to a charity to help keep someone else warm during the winter.
5. Buy books for the homeless
Books can change lives. They can ignite our imaginations, awaken new ideas and perspectives, teach us things we didn’t know, or simply allow us to get lost in a fantasy world that isn’t our own.
6. Donate blood
Save a life; donate blood. The American Red Cross encourages people to be blood donors, and your donation will really make a difference. In fact, just one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives. Scared of needles? You can just donate your blood instead!
7. Volunteer at an animal shelter
Spend some time caring for (and cuddling!) furry friends at a shelter over the holidays. Or, you can simply donate blankets, food and pet toys and treats.
8. Treat your neighbors
Connect with your community through small acts of kindness. Bake some cookies for the people next door. Make a batch of muffins for the old lady across the street. Invite a family over for dinner one night. Bask in the festive spirit.
9. Call an old friend
The holidays are a great time to re-connect with people you haven’t heard from in a while. Why not call that friend you haven’t spoken to in years? It’ll make their day – and maybe yours, too.
10. Give a compliment a day
Sometimes, making someone’s day can be as simple as a compliment. A comment of praise on a friend’s delicious homemade pumpkin soup. A appreciative remark on your co-worker’s joyous laugh. A few flattering words to waitstaff about their attentive approach. The only catch? It has to be genuine.
And hey, you may just love the feeling of giving to others so much that your generous festive spirit lives on well past Christmas.
Every year, when the calendar pointer hits January 1st, we bask in the glow of a new year.
A fresh start. A clean slate. A renewed optimism. It’s an innate part of human nature – we look for opportunities to clear the proverbial canvas and start anew.
For some, that means creating a list of New Years resolutions; exercise more, indulge less. For others, it’s the physical act of making a monumental life change; be that starting a new job or moving to a new city. But for most of us, an effective fresh start needs to begin on the inside. And it can be as simple as expressing a little bit of good ol’ fashioned gratitude.
Being thankful for the gifts of life has many health benefits. Studies have shown it can reduce feelings of depression, decrease anxiety, improve quality of sleep, and even strengthen memory.
Here are a few easy ways to kick-start your gratitude practice – for a more centred, content you.
1. Daily top 3
Each day, consider three things you feel grateful for. They could be as simple as your warming morning tea or the delicious taste of your favorite fruit – or as profound as the roof over your head and clean drinking water. Tune in to the small details that make your life what it is, and take notice of what you might be taking for granted. It’s amazing what you see when you start paying attention.
2. Express gratitude to others
Show your appreciation to someone who did something kind – be it a total stranger or your best friend. Letting people know you acknowledged and appreciated their help will make you feel lighter and more joyous.
3. Focus on the good
Make it a habit to take time and focus on the things you’re thankful for in your life. Make a list of them in your mind, and say a big, earnest “thank you” for each one of them.
4. Acknowledge the struggles
It’s also important to focus on your struggles you’ve gone through, and say thanks for the unexpected ways you have gained from them. Maybe they uncovered a strength you didn’t know you had, or perhaps they brought you closer to your family, or revealed to you your true priorities. Be grateful for the tough times themselves, rather than the silver linings, because they may continue to offer you blessings you otherwise wouldn’t have.
5. Make it a mantra
Never underestimate the power of words. When you feel tense, stressed or sad – simply repeat the words “thank you” between deep, slow breaths to re-ground yourself. Sit in silence and really meditate on the words.
6. Pay it forward
A little kindness goes a long way. And one of the most meaningful ways to express gratitude is to act with kindness towards others. Return a favor. Surprise someone. See a situation you might be able to offer some help in and do it. The feeling afterwards will be golden.
When the giving gets tough, give a bit of #rawlovin.
Tis the season for… long boisterous meals with family. Big, cozy post-meal naps on the couch. And showering loved ones with thoughtful, meaningful, special gifts.
We promise we’re not biased, but we think the Raw Sugar Gift Box is pretty special. Here’s why.
It’s all encompassing
The classics. The must haves. The greatest hits no human on earth could refuse to love. Basically, the Gift Box includes some of our most popular, loved, and raved about products. The ones that come back with the most positive ratings and cause the most chatter on the street. Yup, they’re all in here. So you know that this is a gift that is guaranteed to be used. And loved.
At Raw Sugar, we don’t like nasties. Nor do we take kindly to harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients. Nope, we prefer our products pure. We use natural, organic ingredients that are packed full of nutrients to spoon-feed your skin the good stuff. We refuse to include sulfates or parabens – so your loved ones will enjoy gentle, effective, and wholesome skincare the way nature intended.
It’s full of goodness
We treat our skincare as if it were a big, vitamin-rich fruit juice. We pack it with some seriously nutrient-heavy fruit and herbs, blend it all together, and then process it through ColdPress Technology to lock all the delicious goodness in. It’s optimum skin nutrition, and it works.
It’s kind to the earth
We source all the products in our Gift Box ethically – they’re completely cruelty-free. And, out packaging is made with 25% post-consumer recycled paper and sustainably-sourced bamboo. It’s guilt-free indulgence – and a gift you can feel good about giving.
It’s got a higher purpose
Raw Sugar has one real, unyielding mission – to change the world for the better, one little bar of soap at a time.
Founded on the belief that everyone deserves to love the skin they’re in, we never stop looking for ways to positively contribute to the planet and its people. From giving away a bar of soap to a family in need every time you buy a product, to partnering with Direct Relief for 500,000 soap-bar giveaways – we believe that giving is living. And giving someone a gift that means they’re contributing positively to the world is a beautiful thing to do.
The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around an awful lot lately. From detox teas to detox day-spas – it seems to have become a commonly-used buzzword that advertisers wield to get their products out the door. But ‘detox’ does not have to be a dirty word.
In fact, a detox can be incredibly beneficial to your health (and, in turn, your skin!). It’s a science. The science of how our bodies get rid of unnecessary waste – because if waste builds up, bad things happen.
A skin detox means devoting one whole week to making and effort to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells – and to renew and revitalize your complexion back to optimum health and all-round glowy-ness. Or, if you detox really well, you can have it looking better, fresher, and more beautiful than ever.
But how do you know if your skin is in desperate need of a detox, you ask? Well, every now again, your body tries to talk to you. It tries to send you signals in the hopes that you’ll respond and take action. These signals are often what we like to refer to as symptoms. That means that right now, you body could be screaming at you with a loud and clear “DETOX ME! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF AVOCADO ON TOAST, DETOX ME!” while you nonchalantly strut around without a care in the world, twiddling your thumbs and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. But, fret not, that’s why we’re here!
So, without further ado, here are 10 signs your skin may be in need of a detox. If you’ve noticed any of the below recurring in the past 3 months, you’ll need to whip out the water, get onto a liver-friendly diet, and treat your skincare routine with respect.
1. Increased skin sensitivity
2. Breakouts that just. Won’t. End.
3. Skin dullness
4. Excessive sweating
5. White or yellow-coated tongue (this could also manifest as bad breath)
6. Itchy, irritable skin
7. Increased dryness or flakiness
8. Cravings (for sugar, in particular)
9. Tummy bloating
10. Sinus congestion
If you listen to your body, and treat it as well as you would a brand new pair of white sneakers, you’ll be absolutely fine.
Ah, breakfast. The most controversial meal of the day. Some argue it’s the most important, others will tell you to skip it altogether. The truth is, however, that it’s completely up to you and your body.
Some people feel nauseated after breakfast, while others use it as fuel for the day. Some have it first thing in the morning, while others wait until 10 or even 11am for their first feed. Then there are the people who LIVE for breakfast. The ones who think of sleep simply as a time machine to their scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. The ones who are first in line at the local café on a Saturday morning. The ones who think a world without breakfast is a world not worth living in.
So if you love breakie, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 healthiest you can eat to keep you running at your most efficient for the rest of the day. Because, let’s face it, a bagel and orange juice just won’t cut it.
1. Avocado on toast
Not all carbs are bad. Especially if they’re topped with a silky green slices of avocado. Opt for a rye, brown or multi-grain bread rather than white, and be generous with your avo. The healthy fats and fiber in this meal mean you’ll be full for a while, but your blood sugar levels won’t be compromised. Add some lime juice for extra flavor, and tahini or black sesame seeds for a little more protein.
Whether you like ‘em boiled, poached, scrambled or baked – eggs are breakfast gold. Loaded with protein (6 grams a piece, to be exact, eggs are easy enough to prepare that even the most amateur of cooks can perfect them. Pair them leafy greens, tomatoes and mushrooms, or a slice of whole grain bread. And don’t skip the yolk – it’s full of good fats, vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium.
3. Homemade smoothie
A morning smoothie is an awesome way to get your daily fruit and veggies in before the day even begins. To make a well-balanced smoothie, try whizzing together some leafy greens like spinach or kale, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a nut butter for some healthy fat, and a little bit of fruit like kiwi, banana or blueberries. Add some non-dairy milk (almond works a treat!) and there you have it – a quick, easy and filling smoothie. Add a handful of organic oats for extra satisfaction.
4. Bircher muesli
This one’s super easy because you can just throw all the ingredients together the night before, and it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the morning. Use rolled oats, top with your favorite fruits, some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and a drizzle or organic honey for a scrumptious and sweet breakfast that’ll keep your batteries charged for hours.
5. Chia pudding
Chia seeds are a superfood for a reason – they’re super nutritious, and super high in fiber. So high, in fact, that just one ounce equals an impressive 11 grams of finer per serving. They’re also high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – perfect for vegans. To make chia pudding, mix half a cup of berries, some coconut flakes, and a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to set in the fridge overnight. The next morning you’ll have a bright bowl of goodness waiting for you.
Love cereal? Oatmeal is the healthy alternative. Made from ground oats, it contains a unique fiber called beta-glucan which helps to reduce cholesterol and keep you fuller, longer. It’s also packed with antioxidants, and has even proven to have anti-inflammatory effects!
7. Mexican breakfast bowl
This is one where yumminess is definitely on the menu. Think sliced, hard-boiled eggs, black or kidney beans, cubed tofu, lemon juice, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and avocado. It’s a scrumptious medley of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Delicious.
You may love lemons, but lemons will always love you more.
Good for you inside AND out, lemons are the ultimate fruit-bowl beauty fix. This humble fruit that you can simply pluck from your pantry not only benefits your skin when you consume it – it’s super-effective when applied topically, too. A natural toner and cleanser, lemons will brighten your complexion, banish oily skin and rejuvenate texture.
Rich in Vitamin C, lemons are beneficial in reducing the appearance of age spots, healing blemishes and removing dead skin cells. Basically, lemons are skincare sunshine.
Here are the top 7 ways in which lemons are your ultimate skincare savior – we guarantee they’ll get you loading up on citrus!
1. They can heal acne and ward off blackheads.
Lemons have great antibacterial and antifungal properties, which mean they’re effective in treating acne. To apply lemon to your face gently, simply dilute fresh lemon juice with water and apply via a cotton pad. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can just rub an open lemon into your skin – focusing on areas where blackheads nest.
2. They lighten scars and dark spots.
Acne scars – the bane of many an acne-sufferers’ existence. They seem to stick around forever, long overstaying their welcome on our skin. Lemon juice can help. The citric acid found in lemon gradually fades spots and works to even out your skin tone. Voila!
3. They reduce oil.
Greasy skin, be gone! Lemons are great at keeping oil at bay. Simply use lemon water as a toner before applying your moisturizer at night and you’ll be sure to notice a difference in shine levels.
4. They brighten your complexion.
The abundant vitamin C content in lemon increases collagen production, which restores skin elasticity for a smoother, brighter, younger-looking complexion. It even works to protect skin from free-radical damage – and its powerful astringent properties tighten the skin and help fight wrinkles and fine lines.
5. Reduces stretch marks.
Stretch marks happen, and they’re nothing to be ashamed of! If they’re causing you concern, you can try lemon as a natural way to reduce their appearance. Its mild acidic properties help skin to sweep off dead skin cells and form new, fresh ones – removing the layers of stretch-marked skin, one at a time.
6. Treats dandruff.
Lemon is good for the skin on your scalp, too! Lemon juice can treat dandruff and control itchiness on the scalp. It works to balance out the pH level of the skin on your head and decreases excess oil secretion – two of the main causes of dandruff. While its at it, lemons’ antifungal and antibacterial properties help fight scalp infections. A multi-talented little fruit, indeed.
7. Restores moisture.
Hey, think twice before throwing away that lemon peel! Lemon peel help to enhance hydration and softness in skin. Use it to rub on dry or scaly skin – its citric and plant acids will shed dead skin, stimulate growth and restore moisture.
So, have you made your way to the citrus section of your local supermarket yet?
In honor of Be Kind 2 Human Kind week, we’d like to share the fruits of our partnership with Direct Relief where we gave out over 500,000 fresh bars of soap to families in need. Because we firmly believe that everyone deserves the right to basic hygiene – and we’re trying to change the world one small bar of soap at a time! http://bk2hk.org/week
Posted by Raw Sugar on Friday, August 25, 2017
Founded on the belief that everyone deserves to love the skin they’re in – and wake up with a smile on their faces – we never stop looking for ways to positively contribute to the planet and its people, from the smallest acts of kindness to soul-stirring grand gestures that make a real impact.
That’s why we recently partnered with the incredible organisation that is Direct Relief to give away over 500,000 fresh bars of soap to people in need.
Direct Relief’s purpose is a significant one; to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies. Their recent work in assisting people affected by Hurricane Harvey by raising $100 million in medical inventories is indicative of their relentless hard work and passion for helping people – and we’re so very honored to be partnered with such an inspiring organisation.
So, together with Direct Relief, we decided to share our passion for clean, healthy, pure living and make a difference to the lives of those who are forced to suffer through poverty and unhygienic living conditions. Because, you may be surprised to learn – hygiene is a huge global issue and almost 32% of people around the world suffer from unclean conditions that can lead to terrible illness and disease.
The whole concept behind Raw Sugar Living is love; that fuzzy, heart-warming, chicken-soup-for-the-soul feeling that makes the world go ‘round. Based on that 50-year philosophy, we firmly believe everyone should feel beautiful – from the inside out. So to us, our partnership with direct Relief and even our Raw Sugar Initiative (which means we give away a bar of soap for every product purchased) is not just a social responsibility – it’s a personal responsibility.
We’re proud to be able to say that our 500,000 soap-bar giveaway was a great success – and it gives us such wonderful satisfaction to know that we could have made even the smallest difference to people in need.
And hopefully, our initiative inspires others to help – in whatever small way they can. Because as the age-old saying goes – a little love goes a long way, and it’s the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference.
At the end of it all, giving is living.
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