With only a few more sweet, wave-crashing weeks of summer left, more and more people are trying to squeeze in and maximize family and friend time in the great outdoors. Although many of us may not be the outdoor type, there are other perfect alternatives to get everyone excited to get outdoors! Summer Glamping – It’s camping, without the mosquitos, waste buckets and wet towelette showers. Want to find out more? Read on- you’ll love it!
Calling all summer lovers, this one’s for you. If you plan to relax in the sun and lay out on the beach this summer, it’s vital to make sure your skin stays protected and hydrated. While a day of snorkelling, hiking or lounging by the pool is amazing for lifting your spirits – it can be quite drying on your skin, because the sunshine can draw much-needed moisture out of your skin.
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.
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.
Discovering a brand new place in the world is the one of the most wondrous experiences life has to offer. But, sadly, it’s so often is the case that when we arrive at our destination after hours of travel – our skin doesn’t quite match the level of excitement we feel. In fact it can appear dull, exhausted, and just downright unhappy. And it has good reason to – planes are depressurized so the air pulls the moisture right out of your face, leaving it dehydrated and desperately thirsty for some sweet TLC.
That begs the question – how do you avoid a travel skincare disaster and incorporate your usual Raw Sugar skincare routine into travel time? Follow our guide to beauty on the road and your skin won’t even know it has entered a new timezone. Promise.
1. The night before
The evening before a big trip plays a crucial role in how smoothly your vacay will go. Have you packed everything you need? Dropped the dog off at the sitter’s? Charged your laptop? It’s totally make or break. Same goes for your skin. Make sure your complexion is well-prepped ahead of travel by thoroughly cleansing with a Raw Sugar Facial Cleanser, sloughing away dead skin cells with our Facial Polish, and feeding it a big spoonful of moisture with our Complete Facial Moisturizer. This will allow your skin to build up its natural barrier and be equipped with the tools to fight that dreaded in-flight dryness.
2. Inside-out hydration
There’s no better way to feel good ahead your trip than to nourish and hydrate your body. Drink lots (and lots) of water, and fill up on antioxidant-rich foods such as citrus fruits, leafy greens, and berries. Yummy.
3. Beauty on-board
Make sure your on-board beauty kit is on-point. Stock up on some mini travel-friendly bottles or tubs (airplanes don’t allow anything over 3.4 ounces (100 ml) on board). Fill them up with Raw Sugar’s Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand Sanitizer (for keeping hands germ-free before meals and before-and-after bathroom breaks), and Body Butter. Place all your items in one clear bag for easy access.
Hot tip: it’s a good idea to buy travel bottles that come with ready-made labels – that way, you know you won’t confuse your facial moisturizer with your body butter.
4. Fresh-faced, baby!
Once you’re on-board and ready to get really comfy with a movie, novel, or some well-earned sleep – take the time to gently wash all traces of your makeup off with Raw Sugar’s Reviving Facial Cleanser. This is prevent your pores from clogging and give your skin some breathing space.
5. Moisturize… and then moisturize some more
This one goes for both face AND body, sugar. If you want to ward off skin dryness and dehydration – you’ll need to bring your moisturizing A-game with you. After you’ve carefully cleansed your face to wash off any makeup or oils, apply our Complete Facial Moisturizer liberally. Don’t be shy to re-apply throughout the duration of the flight – your skin needs all the moisture it can get in a depressurized cabin! You’ll also want to slather our Body Butter all over – paying extra careful attention to hands, elbows and knees.
6. Skip the junk… and the wine
When you’re on a long flight and you’ve exhausted your personal film-watching quota, it can be tempting to kill time (and boredom) with a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate. Alcohol will only dehydrate your body and sugar will make you crash – not in a good way, in a groggy and tired way. Stick to water and healthy snacks to keep your skin hydrated and yourself refreshed.
7. Start fresh
And then, when you’ve arrived where you were going – you get to do it all again! Yipee!