Although it’s one of the lesser known berries, the maqui berry is one of nature’s most powerful superfoods.
With an intense and vibrant purple color, the maqui berry grows wild in Southern parts of Chile. You’ll find maqui bushes on hillsides, fields, and along the borders of forests. Since the bushes grow in such abundance, there’s no need for maqui berries to be farmed.
While that is an interesting tidbit about this miracle berry, here are 7 even more powerful things you didn’t know about maqui Berries.
Queen of Antioxidants
When it comes to antioxidants, the maqui Berry reigns supreme. Many scientists have noted that the maqui Berry has the highest quantity of antioxidants of any food or fruit or fruit in nature! It has incredibly high levels of anthocyanin – a compound which is celebrated for its abundance of antioxidant properties.
It Promotes Strength
It is understood that the Mapuche Tribe, who are the oldest existing civilization in South America, had their warriors drink the maqui berry juice for strength and vigor. This same drink is enjoyed in this part of the world today too – as it contributes to strength, stamina and endurance.
A Natural Medicine
The wonderfully powerful antioxidant properties of the maqui Berry means it has many healing benefits. It can help to control the level of cholesterol in the blood, treat sore throats, fevers, and aid kidneys.
It Boosts Metabolism
If you’re ever in need of something to uplift, the amazing maqui Berry can work to boost your metabolism and refresh your body with more stamina. The berry can help kick-start digestion, which contributes to a more controlled release of energy.
Enhances the Immune System
The maqui berry is a great friend for the immune system. They can aid in the prevention of colds and flus, and keep your body in optimum shape overall.
It’s Packed with Nutrients
Maqui berries are jam-packed with essential nutrients including potassium, Calcium, Vitamin C and Iron – all of which work collaboratively and harmoniously to keep the body healthy and fit.
It Keeps You Young
Another benefit of the maqui berry’s amazing antioxidant value is in its anti-aging properties. The antioxidants help to slow down signs of aging by warding off free radicals in the body. Maqui berry also has an incredible ability to nourish and care for the skin cells – resulting in glowing, youthful, healthy skin.
Did you know Raw Sugar Living uses Maqui Berry as a main ingredient in many of our products? Check out the product range here.
Nourish your skin to nurture yourself.
Hey, there, sugar. Did you know that one of the largest detoxification organs on our bodies is actually our skin? That means it’s just as important to show the same level of care to the skin on our bodies as we do to the skin on our faces.
Our philosophy has always been that simpler is better. That’s why we use pure, natural ingredients, organic extracts, and carefully-crafted products – and, we were even the first in the to introduce ColdPress Technology® into the beauty-sphere. So when it comes to nourishing complexions in a pure yet potent way – we’ve got you covered, top to toe.
In fact (*EXCITING NEWS ALERT*), we’re introducing a new member to the Raw Sugar family; and it’s called The Beauty Regimen. The Beauty Regimen is an uplifting, nutrient-rich, detoxifying, purifying and soothing set of skin-worshipping goodies that includes a Sugar Scrub (to brighten and rejuvenate), a Bath Fizzer (to feed, relax and comfort), and a Body Butter (for deep moisturization and hydration).
The Beauty Regimen was formulated by our fussy skincare creators in sunny California to make your everyday body-care routine that much more seamless (and to make you GLOW like the goddess you are!). It’s a one-stop-shop of wholesome, vitamin-packed goodness – designed to infuse your skin with everything it needs to be healthy, happy and radiant; naturally.
As well as a Raw Coconut + Mango variety (whose benefits you can read all about here), and a Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut variety – whose wonderful myriad of benefits you can learn all about below.
A natural exfoliator
Pineapples are abundant in AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) that work to exfoliate and gently remove dead cells. This delicious-smelling tropical fruit helps to renew and refresh the skin – revealing a brighter, clearer, healthier complexion.
It’s soothing and calming
There’s a key active enzyme in pineapple called bromelain. Bromelain is an effective anti-inflammatory substance that works to soothe and calm the skin.
Vitamin C rich
Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C, which helps in cell and tissue repair and even boosts collagen production. This helps with skin elasticity and firmness. The antioxidants in pineapples work to keep free radicals away from happy, healthy skin cells.
Superfood for the skin
The Maqui berry (pronounced mah’ key) is a true superfood for the skin. Considered to be one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world — Maqui berries have up to 300% more Anthocyanins and nearly 150% more Polyphenols than any other fruit or vegetable. It’s these unmatched Anthocyanins and Polyphenols levels that make the Maqui berry powerful in healing and smoothing out the skin.
Pure, natural moisture
Dry skin, be gone – coconut oil is among the best moisturizing ingredients out there. It’s easily absorbed by your skin and seeps right into your pores – deeply and throughly hydrating it.
Vitamin E infused
Vitamin E is incredibly powerful at protecting skin cells from damage, and the Vitamin E in coconut oil works to soothe and calm the skin.
It’s full of protein, antiviral and anti-fungal benefits
The antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are directly attributed to the fatty acids in the oil, which include capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. This helps heal the skin and leave it feeling soft and refreshed. Coconut oil is also really abundant in a variety of different proteins. These proteins work to keep skin healthy and rejuvenated – inside and out.
Did you know that one of the best ever sensitive-skin soothers is hiding in your pantry right now?
Many people don’t. But the truth is that oatmeal is a wholesome way to feed your skin, with a wide variety of amazing skin-nourishing benefits.
Oats have been part of regular skincare regimens for centuries, being documented as far back in history as 2000 BC – and, oatmeal is one of the very few natural ingredients to get the stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To get a little more specific, oatmeal – which is a natural product that has been ground or milled from oat grains, is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, and lipids. It also brims with the natural goodness of antioxidant properties – so it’s the ideal healer for sensitive skin.
So while you may enjoy a decadent serving of warm oatmeal for breakfast in the mornings, you can also enjoy the potent benefits it offers your skin when applied topically. If you’re a sensitive-skinned sugar, oatmeal will help calm, clean and nurture your skin in a pure but powerful way.
Oatmeal is blessed with an impressive 18 different amino acids – vital to healthy, glowing skin. These magical little building blocks help to heal the skin and body – rebuilding tissue and renewing skin. Your skin is very good at absorbing amino acids from oatmeal, making it the perfect ingredient in moisturizers and cleansers.
Just like a warm bowl of oats makes you feel better when you’re down, it does the same for your skin when it’s feeling less than chipper. For sensitive skin that needs some tender love and relief, oatmeal has wonderful soothing properties that calm and relax the complexion.
Oatmeal is super-effective at cleaning your skin while remaining gentle. Due to its saponin content, oatmeal is a natural skin cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils or dry it out.
When combines with other hydrating ingredients, oatmeal is a natural and gentle moisturiser. Oatmeal is a humectant, which basically means that it assists your complexion in keeping moisture locked in. It’s one of Mother Nature’s best skin-loving ingredients for dewy, glowing, happy skin.
Oatmeal has a lovely texture – grainy and thick, which makes it a naturally effective exfoliant. It helps your skin shed dry and dead skin cells to make room for fresh, healthy, new ones. It helps renew and rejuvenate your complexion without being overly harsh or aggressive – perfect for treating sensitive skin with care.
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.
There’s nothing we love more than finding new uses for seemingly standard pantry items. And honey is one of the very best multi-purpose foods we can think of.
Before sugar as we know it today was introduced into society, honey was commonly used as the (natural) sweetener of choice. And, did you know that historically, this sweeter-than-sweet substance has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for an array of things – it has bucket loads of great health benefits.
Packed with therapeutic properties, the benefits of honey vary from skincare to lowering blood-sugar levels.
Honey has, quite literally, hundreds of benefits – many of them very well documented. But here are 6 great ones you may not necessarily know about yet.
It’s an effective cough medicine.
Who knew curing a pesky cough was as easy as a spoonful of honey? Considered a natural cough medicine, it helps to relieve itchiness and discomfort in your throat by developing a protective layer. In fact, clinical research has shown that raw honey can be just as effective as dextromethorphan – an active ingredient in most traditional forms of cough medicines.
It can reduce allergies.
Allergies getting in the way of your day-to-day? Honey to the rescue! Containing pollen spores that were picked up by bees from different flowers, honey will slowly add allergens to your body – working kind of like a natural anti-allergy vaccine. To make it work, try having a teaspoon of raw honey every morning a month before pollen season hits.
It fights infections.
Honey is powerful. Some might even say it has super powers. It fights the good fight, and infections are one of its main enemies in combat. Before penicillin was popular, honey was used to fight skin infections and heal wounds – all thanks to its antibacterial, anti fungal, and antioxidant properties.
It can cure eye diseases.
Back in the day (like way, way back), Egyptians discovered that honey can play a part in curing eye disease. Applying honey on your eyes can improve sight, prevent loss of eye-sight, cure redness, eye infections and conjunctivitis.
It can cure acne.
Blemish sufferers rejoice, the cure you’ve been searching for may just be sitting pretty in your pantry. Honey can help you rid yourself of acne by absorbing impurities from the pores – it’s a soothing antiseptic.
It’s wonderful for healthy hair.
To round off our list of the magical benefits of honey, we have hair health. Yes – honey can help to restore strength and shine to dull, dry hair. And, it can help you get rid of dandruff by restoring moisture and reviving hair follicles. Perfect.
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!
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.
Our bodies are pretty impressive entities. They’re full of diligent cells, untiring bacteria and industrious electrolytes that work around the clock to keep the machine well-oiled and ticking along according to plan. To function properly, of course, our bodies need fuel. That fuel comes in the form of nutrients from food, from sleep, and from water. If your body loses water, and doesn’t fill it back up – things start to get a bit problematic.
When you work out, for example, you can lose around 1.5 liters (about 6 full glasses) of fluid per hour – which is a helluva lot when you consider that you have about 5 liters of blood in your body in total!
But you don’t have to be exercising to be losing fluid. You lose it simply through sweating and the normal functions of your respiratory system. And when you sweat, you lose electrolytes – which are absolutely vital for proper cell function.
If you lose too many fluids, you become dehydrated – which leads to feeling tired and fatigued, lightheaded, and gives you those much dreaded muscle pains and cramps. THIS is why you need to drink at least 2 liters of water a day to keep hydrated and healthy.
But there are also other, more noticeable things that will happen when you start drinking more water. Get your 8 glasses a day in and you’ll reap these benefits:
By cleaning your liver, water can eliminate the cause of acne and breakouts – and help prevent and decrease the appearance of wrinkles.
STRONGER TEETH AND BONES
If you’re lucky enough to live in a country with clean, healthy tap water – it has added fluoride that gives your pearly whites (and your bones) extra strength and density.
IMPROVED JOINT HEALTH
No one likes achy joints. If your body dehydrates, less synovial fluid is there to protect the joints from pain and damage.
MIND AND BODY
Did you know that water is crucial for nutrients to absorb properly? It also helps with lots of other chemical reactions in the body – like optimum brain function and memory retention.
Water is essential for a well-functioning digestive system – and is vital to up keeping a healthy urinary tract. To properly metabolize food, water is critical – and even helps reduce constipation.
Recent studies have shown that an increase in water intake actually works to reduce fat deposits. Drinking lots of water can also be a natural way to suppress the appetite, help with metabolizing stored fat, and leads to less consumption of sugary drinks like soda.
Although water doesn’t directly give you burst of energy like, say, carbs do – it does play a very important part in your body’s energy levels. It’s where all your energy reactions will happen – and if you don’t drink enough water, you’ll become fatigued and lethargic.
IMPROVED MUSCLE TONE
Your muscles need electrolytes to be able to function and not cramp. Because muscles are mostly water, dehydration can stop them from properly flexing and contracting – leading to decreased muscle tone.
Acne. Zits. Spots. Breakouts. Whatever you want to call them, it’s safe to say – those pesky little bumps are something we could all do without.
When you slide out of your teenage years and slip into adulthood, you expect to be completely acne-free. After all, we’ve been taught that zits only affect hormonal teenagers, right? Wrong. So, so very wrong.
Acne-prone skin can be hard to handle. It can deplete your self esteem and leave you feeling like you just don’t want to leave the house. It makes you feel out of control. And often helpless (especially when you feel like you’ve tried every product on the shelves and every trick in the book.)
But there are small things you can add to your diet and skincare routine to care for acne-prone skin – and they’re probably hiding in your pantry. In turn – you’ll reduce the amount of breakouts that pop up like unexpected visitors and overstay their welcome.
Banish blemishes with these 7 easy-to-follow, clear-skin tips.
You know the phrase ‘cool as a cucumber’? There’s a good reason for that. Cucumber has magical cooling and soothing properties – its astringent properties help to reduce inflammation caused by acne and speeds up the healing process. Plus, it’ll keep your complexion’s pH balance in tact.
How to use it?
Apply cooled cucumber juice onto skin with a cotton pad. Drinking the cucumber juice daily will help too!
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
We at Raw Sugar are OBSESSED with ACV. It’s great for your gut and one of the best pantry ingredients for winning the war against breakouts. It works as a toner with its antibacterial and antiseptic properties which clear the pores of bacteria and oil.
How to use it?
Drink a shot every morning! You can also dilute one part ACV to two parts water and apply to skin via a cotton pad after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Lemon, aka nature’s skincare savior, is full of acne-fighting goodness. It contains L-ascorbic acid, a powerful astringent that works to dry out spots. What’s even better is that its antibacterial properties fight acne-producing bacteria – getting right to source.
How to use it?
Drink a glass of lemon water every day! You can also apply freshly-squeezed lemon juice to affected areas once a day.
We’re nuts for coconuts. And why wouldn’t we be? It’s jam-packed with antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties that ward-off acne-triggering bacteria and microbes. All while keeping your skin hydrated and well-fed.
How to use it?
After cleansing, simply apply a small amount of extra-virgin coconut oil to your skin (trust us – a little goes a long way!).
With its potent antibiotic properties, honey is a delicious at-home anti-acne remedy. It works to eliminate the bacteria that causes breakouts, and has anti-inflammatory properties help heal and reduce redness, swelling and inflammation. Pretty sweet, huh?
How to use it?
Apply a small amount of organic honey to the skin – almost like a face mask. Allow it to absorb for 10-15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Oatmeal can be used as an effective yet gentle exfoliator for acne-prone skin. It deeply cleanses your pores and absorbs excess oil –and gets rid of dead skin cells which can lead to nasty scarring.
How to use it?
Form a paste with one tablespoon of oatmeal and a little bit of milk. Massage gently into your skin and rinse off with warm water.
In every way possible, turmeric is golden. It’s SO full of incredible body-worshipping goodness and has countless health benefits – one of which is its anti-acne properties. The compound curcumin found in turmeric has antimicrobial activity that stops acne-causing bacteria in its tracks. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal acne and scars.