You’ve heard about the huge amount of health benefits associated with Coconut Oil and how good it is for you, but how exactly should you consume or even use it on a daily basis? Given that the fatty goodness is now easily accessible in local stores and supermarkets, paired with its proven beauty and health benefits, we’ve put together a handy list on how to use the in-demand oil:
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.)
Sensitive-skinned sugars, this one’s for you.
Hey sugar, we know that the beautiful sensitive-skinned souls among us need a little extra #Rawlovin – and we also know that winter winds and dropping temperatures can sometimes reduce our skin’s moisture levels and deplete its natural defenses. And when you have sensitive skin, your winter complexion might need just that much more love and care – just like your wardrobe might need a few extra layers.
When you have sensitive skin, it’s not always enough to avoid certain ingredients. Your pores need to be soothed and nurtured. Fortunately, we’re bringing the gentle Southern California sunshine to illuminate your days (and your sensitive skin) with our NEW Sensitive Skin line available at select Target stores or Target.com
We’ve created a brand new regimen of nourishing, nurturing, and soothing products consciously crafted specifically for sensitive skin. Formulated with natural ingredients specially selected to care for delicate complexions, this set of sensitive-skin-loving goodies will brighten your everyday. And your complexion – minus the irritation.
Say hello to your brand new skin heroes:
ColdPress Hand Wash Green Tea, Cucumber + Aloe Vera
ColdPress Body Wash Green Tea, Cucumber + Aloe Vera
ColdPress Natural Hand Wash Almond Milk, Manuka Honey + Oatmeal
ColdPress Body Wash Almond Milk, Manuka Honey + Oatmeal
So, what will these ingredients do for my sensitive skin?
Green Tea is an antioxidant by nature, working hard to reduce signs of ageing and soothe the skin in the most gentle way possible. The energizing scent of Green Tea will have an uplifting and joyous effect on you – making you radiate from the inside out.
Additionally, green tea acts as a gentle exfoliator and is also blessed with the power of tannins which help to perk up and lift your complexion.
It’s simple, it’s made up of 90% water, but it’s your sensitive skin’s very best friend. Super-soothing and ultra-cooling, cucumber can be used on even the most fragile of complexions and make it feel like heaven. It’s incredible at minimizing pores and evening out skin tone. The Vitamin C and caffeic acid in cucumbers are also antioxidants that work towards slowing the appearance of wrinkles and creases.
A variety of vitamins. A medley of minerals. Spades of enzymes. A bunch of amino acids. One little plant: Aloe Vera. The ultimate healer for sensitive skin, Aloe vera is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial – meaning it’s powerful in protecting sensitive skin against infections and warding off germs. It helps with skin regeneration and even softens dead skin cells – making them easy to remove and rinse off in a gentle way.
Aloe vera also helps with pigmentation – it can minimize the appearance of freckles, brown spots and blotchiness.
Almond Milk allows you to make peace with your sensitive skin. Incredible in its ability to soothe the skin, Almond Milk is rich in Vitamin E – which deeply nourishes and keeps skin cells supple, while replenishing dehydrated complexions and locking moisture in through your pores.
Vitamin E is also incredibly effective in renewing skin cells – perfect if your skin’s had a bit too much sun.
FUN FACT TIME: Did you know that honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 enzymes? Extraordinary stuff, right?!
Manuka honey is one of nature’s purest ingredients – and boy does it LOVE skin! In fact, Manuka Honey loves ALL skin types – including that of the sensitive sort. Its healing powers work wonders in soothing skin – and its range of antioxidants is wonderful at smoothing it out. It provides skin with a natural moisture, so there’s no need for any harsh chemicals. It’s also naturally antibacterial, which means it helps fight acne and breakouts in the most natural, non-irritating way.
Oatmeal is a wonderful remedy for sensitive skin – and one that’s been used around the world historically to soothe itchiness and irritation.
Oat lipids and proteins help to rejuvenate the skin barrier and keep it strong, helping to combat dryness and itchiness. Oats are also enriched with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which work to ease sensitivity and even slow down aging.
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!
Just a mere decade ago, coconuts weren’t getting all that much in the way of attention. They were a distant and exotic fruit (or nut – depending on what side of the is-coconut-a-fruit-or-nut argument you’re on). They were the holder of cocktails on our island vacations and a sometimes-visitor in our supermarkets. Their real benefits were known only by people in coconut-growing areas – who have been using coconut for generations for its incredible health prowess.
But it’s safe to day, that now – coconuts are having a major moment. Their nutritional benefits seem to have caught the attention of wellness gurus and naturopaths alike, and thank heavens – because coconut is a magic little miracle in a shell everyone deserves to reap the benefits of.
Without further ado, here are the top 6 skin-health benefits of the tropical treasure that is coconut oil:
It moisturizes like no other.
If you have any signs of dry skin, you need not look too far – 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.
It’s rich in Vitamin E.
Coconut oil helps to keep wrinkles at bay because it contains the antioxidant Vitamin E – known for its skill in protecting skin cells from damage and tear. The Vitamin E in coconut oil also works to soothe irritating skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn and psoriasis.
It has amazing 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 even treat bug bites.
It cleanses… really deeply.
With all the day-to-day congestion your skin is exposed to, it needs a thorough (yet gentle) form of cleansing that’ll get all the grime out without drying it out too much. Enter coconut oil. Coconut oil is a gentle yet deep cleanser. Its light texture allows it to seep deep into pores and dissolve hardened sebum and dirt – bringing it all to surface before you rinse it away.
It’s really good at removing your makeup.
Coconut oil is wonderful at cutting through grease and oil. In fact, it’s an even more effective grease-cutter than commercial anti-grease products. Pretty mind-blowing, right? Yet, it’s completely gentle and safe enough to use on skin as sensitive as a baby’s. Win-win.
It packs a lot of protein.
Just like actual coconuts, coconut oil is abundant in a variety of different proteins. These proteins work to keep skin healthy, refreshed and rejuvenated – inside and out. They help repair damaged skin cells and assist in healing scars or red marks on the skin.
Are you a coconut fan? Tell us why you’re nuts for coconuts in the comments below!