It’s no secret that the summer may have left your skin, hair and, lips feeling a little tired and in need of some extra love. With all of the fun (yet damaging) exposure to salt water, UV rays, and heat, your body may be in need of a revival. At Raw Sugar Living, we’ve got the goods to get your body out of distress and into a hydrated, supple and smooth zone, just in time for fall. Keep your skin fabulous and natural, from head-to-toe today! It’s time to get #Rawlovin Sugars!
Have you ever wondered where the inspiration for our healthy, organic and hydrating formulations comes from? Well, the answer is simple, it’s directly from Mother Nature. We believe in creating the very best out of what nature gives us…in the best way possible! Here are 7 of our favorite healing fruits that we love to use in our formulations:
Whether you’re a hard working career woman, student or entrepreneur, it’s often easy to forget that a whole other world exists outside your everyday routine. A world that perhaps involves sleep-ins, self-indulgence, and dare we say it – “me” time.
Lemons have amazing natural healing properties that offer great health and beauty benefits inside and out. Here are 5 fun facts you need to know about lemons.
1. Daily dose of Vitamin C
The mighty Lemon offers 88% of your daily dose of Vitamin C. Renowned for fighting colds and flu bugs, it also contains a good amount of Potassium and Magnesium; both of which help promote healthy skin.
2. Glow on the outside
Lemons are used in a number of beauty treatments to cleanse, refresh and add a youthful glow. Skin looks more radiant, hair looks shinier, nails look whiter!
3. Glow on the inside
Lemons are actually alkaline (even though they taste acidic) which means they help to regulate the body to an ideal pH level of 7.30-7.45. Lemon juice also aids digestion and helps cleanse the liver. This all adds up to a healthier body, which means clearer skin and shinier hair!
4. The thinner the better
Did you know? The highest quality and juiciest
lemons have thinner skin. (Should this be peels?)
5. Goodbye Anxiety
Who would have thought? The smell of lemons helps increase focus!
There you have it, lemons are cool! Shop our
Lemon Sugar scented products from our
ColdPress Personal Care line for the ultimate #Rawlovin
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.
If you often end the week with a froster full of vegetables that hasn’t been touched and bowl full of fruit you haven’t eaten – you’re not alone. In fact, around 25% of our total grocery shop ends up in the trash. That means that almost a quarter of all foodstuffs we buy go to waste.
But, alas, there is a solution. Why not turn uneaten foods into natural cleaning products? Aside from minimizing waste, this strategy has other benefits too. By using all-natural household products, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to unnecessarily harsh chemicals – particularly in the kitchen. It’s safe, it’s eco-friendly, and importantly – it works.
Without further ado, here are our top 5 most effective natural cleaners.
With its medley of antiseptic and antibacterial properties, lemon has the natural strength to kill germs and even remove stains. Their high acidity levels mean they can also act as a bleaching agent – so they’re perfect for brightening up bathroom and kitchen tiles. Mix lemon juice with water to form mother nature’s ultimate cleanser and use it to wash dishes, surfaces and wipe off stains.
Much like lemon, vinegar is high in acidity – so it’s powerful in killing germs and warding off nasty bacteria. Simply mix one part vinegar to two parts water in a large spray bottle, and there you have it – a brand new, healthy and natural surface cleaner. For really tough cleaning, just use it straight outta the bottle.
3. Banana peel
Here’s one that might surprise you; banana peel! Instead of tossing your banana peel into the trash, make a beeline for the cutlery drawer. Simply blend the skins with a little bit of water to form a paste and use it to polish your silverware – we promise you it’ll be shinier than ever.
4. Tea bags
Tea is full of tannins, which means it’s super effective in polishing wooden surfaces like cabinets and floors. Just make sure you allow them to cool first. BONUS: If you want to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean, keep some Green Tea leaves inside it to eliminate any nasty odors!
Got some scrubbing to do? Reach for the salt. Salt works really well as an abrasive cleaner – use it to remove gunk from pans, showers, and floors. When you mix salt with a little bit of water, however, you crate a saline solution that works really well to remove stains from the carpet and clothes.
Buying skincare online can be a nerve-racking experience. What if it doesn’t work? What if it makes you break out? What about the company’s policies on animal-testing? There are so many questions that loom large – but don’t fret, because Raw Sugar won’t do any of those things. Instead, we’ll answer all your pressing questions – and be totally open about the answers.
We’ve been asked plenty of things in the time we’ve been around, and we definitely notice that there are certain questions that pop up time and time again – the things our customers seem to be really interested in. Well, here they are, all in one place, all answered, all honest. Let’s take it away.
Is your glycerin derived from animal fat or plant-based? And if animal, what animal?
You’ll be pleased to learn that NO, our glycerin is not derived from animal fat – we use a plant-based vegetable glycerin in our products. Raw Sugar is cruelty-free and proud of it.
Is Raw Sugar vegan?
Yes! All our products are vegan except for one – our Raw Sugar Facial Polish as it contains honey. That said, we have plenty of customers who lead vegan lifestyles and love Raw Sugar!
Are your products gluten free?
Yup! They sure are. You won’t find any traces of gluten in our products.
What exactly does the ingredient listed as ‘fragrance’ contain?
Good question. Our proprietary fragrances are made from a combination of naturally-derived essential oils along with synthetic ingredients, without the use of any nasty toxins such as: Parabens, Phthalates or Sulfates.
Are Raw Sugar products hypoallergenic?
Hmmm, as with any tricky skin concerns – we recommend having a discussion with your physician on what products are safe to use on your skin. We do not make any claims about our products being hypoallergenic.
Do you ship worldwide?
Not yet – but we’re working on it! We really want you to have some #rawlovin wherever you are in the world, so we are currently in discussions with several retailers internationally and will be announcing more information about this in the near future. Watch this space.
Can I purchase Raw Sugar in any shops?
Yes! Raw Sugar is available at Target – just look for the bamboo tops and white bottles in the skincare aisle.
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?
Sure, you could spend all your money on a ton of high-end creams and serums. You could try every product on the shelf at your local drugstore. You could even give into skincare trends and purchase that “revolutionary” new cleanser everyone’s talking about. Or, you could simply walk over to your fridge – because some of the most potent (yet gentle) ingredients for radiant, glowing skin are kitchen staples with uses you had no idea about.
Yes, these humble kitchen ingredients may have the advantage over way-too-pricey over-the-counter skincare. They’re natural, they’re not too pricey and – most pertinently – they work.
Sweet, sweet papaya. Aside from being utterly fresh and delicious (and transporting us to the tropics) – papaya is skincare gold. It’s loaded with anti-oxidants and helps guard your skin cells from damage.
How to use it?
There are a variety of ways – the easiest being rubbing the insides of the fruit onto your face for an enzyme facial. Alternatively, you can mix it with pineapple, oil or honey for a nourishing mask.
Ah, the much underrated suagarcane. Sugarcane contains possibly one of the most powerful ingredients for youthful, supple, glowing skin – glycolic acid. A type of Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), glycol acid works cogently exfoliate the top layer of your skin – shedding it of unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the plump, fresh layer underneath – and stimulate new cell growth.
How to use it?
Mix equal parts lemon juice, sugarcane juice, apple juice and coconut milk and apply it to the face and neck. Let it sit on the skin for 15-20 minutes.
Whether or not you like it on pizza is one thing, but there’s something about pineapple you can’t deny – it works wonders for skin. Pineapple all but eliminates congestion. It contains bromelain which is an enzyme that sweeps away dead skin cells – the major cause of tired-looking, congested skin.
How to use it?
Make a mask out a cup of pineapple, half a cup of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of are sugar – together, this combination with restore radiance and harmony to your skin.
Muslin – an oldie but a goodie. You may have heard celebrities like Kate Moss and Kate Middleton applauding the modest muslin cloth for its skin-enriching benefits – so why is muslin such a well-kept, high-powered beauty secret? The finely woven texture of muslin is an excellent exfoliant for skin – but it’s also super gentle, and allows you to control the press and rhythm at which you circle. These eco-friendly cloths increase circulation to the face, getting rid of dead skin to reveal a younger, bouncier complexion.
How to use it?
Wet cloth under warm water and use to wipe away your cleanser using a circular massage motion. Rinse it thoroughly after use and allow to air dry.
5. MANUKA HONEY
Incorporating Manuka honey into your skincare regimen is like giving it a nourishing bowl of broth when it’s not feeling too well – it’s comforting, soothing and works a treat to make it feel (and look) better. Packed with vitamins B, C and live enzymes, Manuka honey works to heal acne through its anti-inflammatory properties, repairs cellular damage in skin to reduce scarring, hydrates and moisturizes to combat wrinkles and signs of ageing.
How to use it?
Simple. Just apply it to your face as a mask for about 15-20 minutes and voila! Healthy, happy glowing skin is yours.